SUMMER UNdergraduate Research INternship   

June 6, 2016 – August 12, 2016

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 social interaction and networking, including a welcome reception, a sporting event and a retreat at the end of the program during which students present their work. A $5,000 stipend could be awarded to cover living expenses while enrolled in the program.

Some students continue working with their mentors after the end of the program to see the project to completion and co-author a resulting publication. Students may also return for additional research internships or find other research opportunities through the program.

View a video of faculty and staff at Houston Methodist talking about their experiences with the summer internship program.

Application Instructions
Applications are available now. Before you apply, please note the following information about the application process:

  • Applicants will be required to make a login account at the application portal.
  • Applicants must select "Methodist Academy Student" under the "Learner Type" dropdown menu at the start of the first page of the application.
  • Graduating high school seniors may enter in their high school information under the "Education" section on the second page of the application.
  • The recommended browser to navigate the application is Google Chrome.
  • Unofficial transcripts are acceptable to submit.  We only require your current institution.
  • All documents must be submitted through this application.  Please contact if you need to implement other options in regard to letters of recommendation (two letters are required).
  • The third page of the application, entitled "Documents", will only be accessible once the first two pages are completed. 
  • The application cannot be completed unless all documents are uploaded on the third page.

Once you have noted the information, click here to apply. 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 at

Application Deadline
Applications must be submitted in full no later than Monday, February 15, 2016.

High School Volunteer Program

The research internship is only available to undergraduate students and graduating high school seniors. However, Houston Methodist has a few very competitive high school volunteer positions available at the Research Institute. Students will be able to participate in research projects in their particular area of interest in medicine or other special projects, such as setting up labs or making models.

If you are interested, click here for additional information and application instructions.  The application deadline is Friday, March 4, 2016.

For a version of this volunteer application dedicated to research-related positions, please click here.  For the requirements for research, please click here.

For Additional Information
Amy Wright, MBA