Summer undergraduate research internship

Translational research for Undergraduates

The Summer Undergraduate Research Internship is the main summer program in the Institute for Academic Medicine . The summer student program provides numerous opportunities for professional and career development. Students have access to faculty mentors, including James Xia, MD, PhD (pictured, third from left). Social and networking events include a welcome reception, sporting event, and a poster symposium where students present their work. In specific cases, students are offered the opportunity to continue working with their mentors after the internship, and in some cases see their projects in co-authored publications. Read on for testimonials from past interns below.


Khue Tran (right), 2018 & 2019 Summer Intern

"I spent two summers (2018 and 2019) working with Rose Khavari, MD, and Christof Karmonik, PhD on neurogenic bladders. My projects involved analyzing the grey and white matter from the fMRI and DTI scans of multiple sclerosis patients who have trouble emptying their bladders, to further our current understandings on the supraspinal control over the lower urinary tract. One thing I enjoyed the most about the program is that in addition to learning more about different fMRI analysis techniques, I was able to observe Dr. Khavari and other doctors in the Urology department in their clinics as well as many of their surgeries, and gain a deeper insight of what it takes to be a physician. I was fortunate enough to receive a first-author publication, and continue my research with Dr. Khavari during my gap years before applying to medical school. I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to work toward making an impact on patients’ lives, and the incredible mentorship I received, which has inspired and prepared me well as I continue to pursue my career plan."

Justin Vincent (left), 2017 Summer Intern

"I am so happy that I was able to do the internship program two summers in a row during college. It led to an opportunity to work in the lab of Tetsuo Ashizawa, MD the following summer before starting medical school. I learned so much about biomedical research techniques and thought processes that motivated me to pursue research as a physician. My career plan is to enter academic medicine, so the foundation I got through the internship made me incredibly prepared and motivated to explore those interests further. I recommend the internship to anyone interested in biomedical research.  I am grateful to have been a part of it!."

Application Requirements


Please note that the 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Internship is an unpaid internship. In order to be considered for the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate institution in the United States or be between the first and second year of medical school by June 2021 (we also accept graduated seniors).
  • Have not taken any coursework towards a graduate degree in the sciences before June 2021.
  • Have a strong interest in translational research.
  • Have a competitive course load in the sciences.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Complete the application in MERLIN.  Select the following:
       Learner Type: Research Summer Intern 
       Intern Subtype: Default SURI Program (checkmark)
  • If accepted, commit to the full 10-week internship and complete all supplemental paperwork.
  • Note: If you are also interested in applying for the Rosenberg Summer Surgical Fellowship, you can apply to both programs simultaneously by completing both the "Default SURI Program" and the "Rosenberg" subtypes at the same time.
  • Note: The duration of any of the three programs is subject to national, local, and institutional Covid-19 restrictions and regulations.

Scholarship Opportunities

While the internship is unpaid, it offers scholarships of $2,000, based on merit or need. These scholarships are only available for applicants to the default translational program. Rosenberg and High School interns are ineligible to apply. You are encouraged to apply to one or both scholarships, but will only be awarded one if you are chosen. To apply for the scholarships, please check the merit and/or need scholarships in the MERLIN application, and complete all of the essays on the second page of the application. 

Once you have reviewed the program requirements, you may review the application instructions and APPLY HERE for the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship.