Summer Undergraduate Research Internship


May 29, 2017 – August 4, 2017

The best way to lure the brightest young minds to a career in biomedical research is to give them the opportunity to work in the laboratories of some of the nation's top scientists. Houston Methodist offers a 10-week summer student program for college undergraduates and medical students. The program matches students with faculty mentors in laboratories and focuses on a single research project. During this time, students attend required weekly didactic lectures given by the mentors and invited speakers.

The program also provides numerous opportunities for professional and career development, mentorship under faculty members, such as Ennio Tasciotti, PhD (pictured, center), and social and networking opportunities, including a welcome reception, a sporting event and a retreat at the end of the program during which students present their work. Some students even continue to work with their mentors at the conclusion of the internship, and in some cases get to see their projects conclude in co-authored publications.
Application Requirements
Please take note of our application requirements for the 2017 internship.

The application requirements are as follows:
  • Stated desire to do translational research. Details will be in the application.
  • Competitive GPA
  • Completed STEM coursework
  • Only complete applications will be considered. The application will be available on December 1, 2016, and the deadline is January 15, 2017. Please see the "Application Instructions" section for details.

Stipend Information
The following stipend levels will be applied to accepted students based on their coursework completed as of May 2017. The specific amounts will be determined by mid-March 2017.

Education Level Completed* Stipend
Undergraduate - Year 1 Level 1
Undergraduate - Year 2 Level 2
Undergraduate - Year 3 Level 3
Graduated Senior/Medical Student Level 4
*You must have completed this level by May 17, 2017

Once you have noted the above information, you may proceed to the application instructions.

Application Instructions
The application deadline for the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Internship is January 15, 2017. The application is available now.

Here are some of the basic application instructions:
  • The application console works properly in Google Chrome. It is the recommended browser.
  • Applicants must make a login account at the application portal. Please check your registration email address to confirm your account before applying.
  • This portal houses multiple applications.  Once your account has been confirmed, please select "Methodist Academy Student" for the "Learner Type" on the first page of the application.
  • Please be prepared to provide: your college transcript and two letters of recommendation at the third page of the application. Unofficial transcripts are permissible.
  • Only complete applications will be considered for admission into the internship.

Once you have noted the application instructions, you may apply at this link. As a reminder, all successful applicants must be able to commit to the full 10-week program with no exceptions. For any additional questions, you may contact us here.


The deadline for the Houston Methodist DeBakey Institute for Cardiovascular Education & Training (DICET) summer internships has passed. Please check back next year for further updates. The summer 2017 application will open sometime early next year.

High School Volunteer Program

The application deadline for the 2016 Caring Teens volunteer experience has passed. Please check back next year for further updates. The 2017 application will open sometime in January 2017.

For Additional Information
Ashley James, MA
Trainee Affairs Coordinator