Summer Undergraduate Research Internship

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Join Us: June 3-August 9, 2019


The Houston Methodist Research Institute offers an unparalleled 10-week summer student program that matches faculty members with medical students and college undergraduates as they focus on a single research project. Students also attend weekly didactic lectures given by mentors, invited speakers and other leaders.

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The summer student program provides numerous opportunities for professional and career development. Students have access to faculty mentors, including Philip Horner, PhD (pictured, second-to-right), and Ennio Tasciotti, PhD (pictured, right). Social and networking events include a welcome reception, sporting event and a retreat 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.

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST INTERNS

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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 Dr. Ashizawa’s lab 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!."

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Abdul Datarwala (left), 2016 Summer Intern

"I spent my summer exploring potential cures for cancer. I was fortunate to get the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship, 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, the best feeling was the satisfaction I got every day when walking through the hospital seeing patients, knowing that once I got to the lab, we would be working to find cures for those patients and others just like them. I also was fortunate to receive a co-author publication, a dream come true for me. The internship was an amazing experience, which has prepared me well for my professional career."



The Rosenberg Summer Surgical Fellowship

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2018 Summer Surgical Cohort

The Rosenberg Summer Surgical Fellowship is a surgical fellowship sponsored by Wade Rosenberg, MD (pictured, third from right) of the Department of Surgery.  Accepted applicants  look forward to 10 weeks of direct mentorship from a surgeon in General Surgery, NeurosurgeryUrologyPlastic Surgery, or Cardiovascular Surgery or another surgical department. Mentorship includes time in clinic, shadowing and attending grand rounds.  At the end of the summer, fellows present the work they have done that summer. Fellows also attend summer didactic lectures and career and professional development seminars geared toward undergraduates. The Rosenberg Summer Surgical Fellowship is a unique clinical training, boasting a near-100% acceptance rate for its alumni who later apply to medical school. Read two testimonials below.

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST SUMMER SURGICAL FELLOWS

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Elizabeth Popp (right), 2017 Summer Fellow

"The summer before my junior year of college, I had the unforgettable and amazing opportunity to intern at Houston Methodist Hospital’s Department of Surgery under Dr. Wade Rosenberg. I was immediately integrated into Dr. Rosenberg’s surgical team with the residents and spent my summer scrubbing in, observing surgeries and attending rounds to see patients postoperatively. Dr. Rosenberg and the residents took me under their wings and gave me countless opportunities, from learning how to place an IV to suturing incisions. A couple weeks into my internship, Dr. Rosenberg approached me about presenting on his behalf at the Multidisciplinary Digestive Disease Conference about a recent case of an insulinoma. Initially, I was nervous about the prospect of presenting to a room full of gastroenterologists and surgeons, but I embraced the challenge. It was an amazing opportunity that allowed me to learn and grow both personally and professionally.  My 10 weeks as a summer surgical fellow, not only immersed me in patient care and expanded my knowledge of medicine, but truly confirmed my love of medicine and desire to be a surgeon one day. Ultimately, I hope to be a doctor as kind, compassionate and inspiring as Dr. Rosenberg and his residents."

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Amber Chen-Goodspeed (second from right), 2015 Summer Fellow

 

"During the Summer of 2015, I was selected to join the Fields Rosenberg Summer Surgical Internship Program at Houston Methodist. 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. My research took the form of a 22-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."



High School Research Internship

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Roscoe Prince (Right), 2018 High School Summer Intern

The High School Research Internship allows high school students to receive training in a translational research lab and gain skills as they work on a project. They are invited to present at the poster retreat alongside their undergraduate counterparts. Additionally, the High School Research Internship has a career and professional development curriculum that provides tools on college selection, scholarship applications and scientific writing. Many high school interns re-apply as undergraduates to diversify their training in other laboratories.

Application Requirements


Summer Undergraduate Research Internship


Please note that the 2019 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 3, 2019 (we also accept graduated seniors).
  • Have not taken any coursework towards a graduate degree in the sciences before June 3, 2019.
  • Have a strong interest in translational research.
  • Have a competitive course load in the sciences.
  • Complete the "Research Summer Intern" learner type, and check the"Default" subtype on the MERLIN application console (for the translational research internship).
  • If accepted, commit to the full 10-week internship and complete all supplemental paperwork.
  • Note: You may complete both the "Default" and the "Rosenberg" subtypes at the same time; please check both subtypes when applying.

Additionally, scholarship awards of $2,000, based on merit and need, are available for the 10-week internship. (You may only be awarded one, but are encouraged to apply to both.) To apply for the scholarships, please complete the linked scholarships, and upload them as supplemental documentation to your internship application. (These scholarships are only for the "Default" subtype, for the translational research internship).


Rosenberg Summer Surgical Fellowship


The 2019 Rosenberg Summer Surgical Fellowship is highly competitive, only accepting 4-6 applicants per summer. It comes with an award of $5,000 and is specifically set up for surgical shadowing. In order to be considered for the Rosenberg Summer Surgical Fellowship applicants must:


  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate institution in the United States. The Rosenberg Summer Surgical Fellowship does not accept graduated seniors, medical students, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows.
  • Have a strong desire to attend medical school, particularly in surgery.
  • Have a competitive course load in the sciences.
  • Complete the "Research Summer Intern" learner type, and check the "Rosenberg Summer Surgical Fellowship" subtype within the MERLIN application console.
  • If accepted, commit to the full 10-week internship and complete all supplemental paperwork.
  • Note: You may complete both the "Rosenberg Summer Surgical Fellowship" and the "Default" subtypes at the same time; please check both subtypes when applying.

High School Research Internship


All high school students interested in research must complete this application. This internship is unpaid, and highly competitive, only accepting 4-6 applicants per summer. (Note that the Caring Teen Volunteer Program no longer accepts applications for young researchers). In order to be considered for the High School Research Internship, applicants must:


  • Be at least 16 years of age on or before June 3, 2019.
  • Display interest in translational research.
  • Have a competitive course load in the sciences.
  • Complete the "Research Summer Intern" learner type, and check the "High School Research Intern" subtype within the MERLIN application console.
  • If accepted, commit to the full 10-week internship and complete all supplemental paperwork.
  • Note: If you are applying to the High School Research Internship, this is the only internship you are eligible for.

Application Instructions & Internship Timeline


Application Instructions


The 2019 Summer Undergraduate Internship Program is now open! Please review the following before you apply:


  • Google Chrome is the only recommended browser.
  • To complete the application, you will have to register an account through the MERLIN application console. Please verify your email before completing the application.
  • Please view the instructions carefully, and complete the application fully.
  • Ensure that you are completing the correct "subtype(s)" for your application.
  • The "Default" application is for the translational research internship, and is open to undergraduate students, and medical students between their first and second year of study.
  • The Rosenberg Summer Surgical Fellowship is only for undergraduate students.
  • The merit-based and need-based scholarships are only for the "Default" application.
  • Your college/high school transcript and resume/CV need to be submitted on the MERLIN application console at the "document upload" section.
  • Two letters of recommendation must be emailed to HMSURI@houstonmethodist.org from your recommenders.
  • Please review all application requirements for your internship programs carefully.
  • Once you have read and understood these instructions, you may begin the 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Application.
  • If you need assistance while applying, please download the Summer Internship Guide to the MERLIN Application Console.

Internship Timeline


The tentative timeline for the 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Internship is as follows (dates subject to change):

  • Early November: Instructions are released online.
  • December 3, 2018: The application will be available.
  • January 27, 2019: Application deadline. All application materials, including supplemental scholarship applications, must be turned in by this date.
  • Late February 2019: Applicants are notified of acceptance and have approximately two weeks to accept offers.
  • Mid March 2019: Incoming applicants are notified of their internship mentors.
  • April 1, 2019: Supplemental pre-background check materials due to Human Resources
  • May 3, 2019: The earliest possible date for background checks, TB testing, and drug screening.
  • May 17, 2019: The deadline for background checks and testing to begin the internship on June 3.
  • June 3, 2019 - August 9, 2019: The duration of the 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Internship.
  • Early July 2019: Scholarship recipients receive payment.
  • August 7, 2019: Retreat.

Application Questions


We are here to answer any of your questions. For any questions, please contact:


Thank you for your interest in our internship, and best of luck to you.

OTHER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


Caring Teens Volunteer Program for High School Students


The Caring Teens Volunteer Program application is now closed. Applications for the Caring Teen Volunteer Program will open in February 2019. Please note that all applicants for research must go through the program listed above. The Caring Teens Volunteer Program is for non-research volunteers only.