Summer Undergraduate Research Internship
June 4-August 10, 2018
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.
TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST INTERNS
"My experience in the 2017 summer research internship program went above and beyond the expectations of what I originally anticipated. What I thought would be a summer filled with hours of lab work and minimal patient interaction turned out to be the complete opposite. It turned out to be a beautiful surprise. I was given the opportunity to work with one of the top cardiologist in the medical center at Houston Methodist Hospital, where under his tutelage, he gave the clinical experience of a lifetime, which cemented the career path I wish to pursue. Not only, did I experience doctor to patient interactions, I also was privileged to stand less than six feet away from the cardiologist as they performed open heart surgeries and minimal invasive surgeries, such as mitral valve surgical replacement. The project I assisted in involved analyzing hemolytic anemia following mitral valve surgical replacement. Instead of simply reading and writing about the theories behind the research, being able to actually observe its practical uses in surgery made me appreciate my experience that much more. I couldn’t think of a better way that I could have efficiently spent my summer. Thank you to the team that helped to make this all possible."
"I spent my summer of 2016 exploring potential cures for cancer. I was fortunate to get an Internship with Houston Methodist. The Summer Undergraduate Research internship was a formative part of my career development, granting me unique research experience. My work involved DNA and protein extraction from human cells. The best part of my experience or I would say the best feeling was the satisfaction I got when everyday walking through the hospital seeing patients everywhere and going towards my lab, knowing that once I got to lab, we would be working every day finding cures for those patients, and patients just like them. I also got fortunate enough to receive a coauthor publication, which was a dream come true for me. The internship was n amazing experience and I feel that it has prepared me well for my professional career. I will take full learning experience of the internship with me in applying for and assessing future opportunities."
Amber Chen-Goodspeed (second from right), 2015 Summer Intern
"During the Summer of 2015, I was selected to join the Fields Rosenberg Summer Surgical Internship Program at the Houston Methodist Hospital. Being surrounding by surgeons, nurses, residents, and medical students who were always willing to teach and seeing patients throughout the pre- and post-operative process showed me the inherently human quality of medicine and made me view medicine as one of the few fields where the impact one has on a person’s life can be captured on scans as well as in smiles. As part of the program, each intern was challenged to create a surgical-related independent research project. For some, this included interviews with patients in the clinic, reading research studies, and analyzing data. For me, the research took the form of a twenty-two-page biography on one of the first surgeons in the Houston Medical Center, Dr. Paul Jordan. Dr. Rosenberg worked with me to create a project that was catered to my major, the history of medicine and taught me a new style of research and presentation that I have continued to use in my undergraduate coursework. Overall, my time at Houston Methodist and the people I met while in the program continue to inspire me to become a person who can lead, teach, discover, and change lives."
Application RequirementsPlease note that the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Internship is an unpaid internship. However, merit and need-based scholarship awards of $2,000 for the ten-week internship are available, but limited (you may only be awarded one). To apply for the scholarships, please complete the documents and upload them as supplemental documentation to your internship application.
- Be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in the United States or be between the first and second year of medical school by June 4, 2018 (we also accept graduated seniors).
- Not taking any coursework towards a graduate degree in the sciences before June 4, 2018.
- Have a strong desire for translational research.
- Have a competitive course load in the sciences.
- If accepted, commit to the full 10-week internship as well as complete all supplemental paperwork.
The application for the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Internship is now live! Please take note of the following instructions once you follow the application link.
- Google Chrome is the only approved browser for this application.
- You will be prompted to register an account, with username and password, through the MERLIN console.
- Please take note of the email you use to register your application if you need to recover your account.
- The MERLIN portal is a hub for multiple applications. Once you click "Access Application", please select the "Research Summer Intern" application from the "Learner Type" drop-down menu at the start of first page the application. This will allow you to progress through the appropriate internship application.
- Applications may be saved and returned to later.
- On the second page of the application, the undergraduate status date may be incorrect. Please use "June 4, 2018" as the benchmark for your undergraduate status.
- After you click "Submit", on the second page, there is a "Required Documents" page where you upload supplemental documents.
- The application deadline is January 30, 2018; only complete applications will be considered for admission.
In addition to providing the information on the application, after clicking "submit", on the "Required Documents" page, you must provide (uploaded one document at a time):
- Two letters of recommendation, on institutional letterhead if possible, preferably from mentor figures who can speak to character and your ability as a scientist.
- Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
- Your Resume or CV.
- You will also be required to complete several short essays that speak to your desire to do translational research as well as any previous research experience you may have.
- Your merit-based scholarship application (if applicable). Note: You may submit the scholarship application as separate documentation if necessary.
- Your need-based scholarship application (if applicable). Note: You may submit the scholarship application as separate documentation if necessary.
Once you have read and understand the application instructions, you may access the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Internship application.
Application TimelineThe tentative timeline for the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Internship is as follows (dates subject to change):
- Early November: Instructions are released online.
- December 1, 2017: The application will be available.
- January 30, 2018: Application deadline. All application materials must be turned in by this date.
- Early March 2018: Applicants are notified of acceptance and have approximately two weeks to respond.
- Mid March 2018: Incoming applicants are notified of their internship mentors.
- April 1, 2018: Supplemental pre-background check materials due to Human Resources
- May 4, 2018: The earliest possible date for background checks and testing.
- May 23, 2018: The deadline for background checks and testing to begin the internship on June 4.
- June 4, 2018-August 10, 2018: The duration of the internship.
- Early July 2018: Scholarship recipients receive payment.
- August 10, 2018: Retreat
Application QuestionsWe are here to answer any of your questions. For any questions please contact below:
- General questions: Contact Corina Rosales, PhD, Program Director
- Application questions (for MERLIN): Contact Nelson Hawkins, MS, Office of Graduate Studies and Trainee Affairs
- Letters of recommendation and transcripts: Contact Ashley James, MA, Office of Graduate Studies and Trainee Affairs
- Onboarding questions: Contact Ebonie Archer, MS, Human Resources
Thank you for your interest in our internship, and best of luck to you.
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