Summer Volunteer & Research Experiences for Premeds
When applying to medical school, clinical experiences are essential for both grounding your interest in medicine and broadening your perspective on healthcare. Many deadlines are approaching so apply soon!
American Public Health Association Internship Spring 2018 internships available.
Baltimore Health Immersion is a five-week intensive summer program. Tuition includes 2 courses for 6 credits and a 40 hr service learning internship. Focus on urban health. Deadline February 26, 2018.
Boston Leadership Institute hosts one and three week summer research opportunities for high school students interested in STEM fields. The program is located in the Boston area and students can either be a day student or they offer residential options in dormitories. Medicine research options include: 1) Biomedical and Surgical Research, Biomedical Research: Genetics and Clinical Trials, Biomedical Research: Contagious Disease, Anatomy and Surgical Research, Forensic Pathology, Veterinary Medicine. Summer 2018 application is available. Rolling deadline.
Boston University Office of Pre-Professional Advising maintains a great list of summer opportunities divided by state.
Center for Disease Control The CDC offers a variety of internships in the summer as well as during the year if you are looking at a gap year. See link for specific dates and duration of programs. Some can be as short as 4 weeks or as long as 1 year.
Clinical Trials.gov If you are looking for a specific clinical trial in a particular city (Ann Arbor, Los Angeles, Sydney) or on a particular topic (ALS, Asthma, Breast Cancer) you can use the search engine to find clinical trials. Then it is up to you to contact the researcher to see if they have any open summer research positions. This tool is helpful if you are interested in finding something very specific such as breast cancer research in Los Angeles.
Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) Clinical Research Internship in New Hyde Park, NY. Cohen's Children's Hospital, formerly Schneider Children’s Hospital – part of Northwell Health, offers 6-10 week summer clinical research programs available in 6 different pediatric divisions – hospital medicine, allergy and immunology, infectious disease, nephrology, pulmonary, quality and safety. Although 75% of the time is dedicated to research and writing, the other 25% is free for other academic or clinical activities such as clinical rounds and lectures. Unpaid internship. Deadline March.
Cohen Children's Medical Center Volunteer Opportunities in NY. If you are planning to be in NY this summer, consider volunteering at Cohen. All summer applications must be submitted by March 1. Jobs include Atrium Ambassadors, Pediatric Emergency Department, Surgical waiting area, comfort cart, Reach out and Read, Musical Hands and Hearts plus more. Summer volunteers must commit to at least 8 hrs/wk for 8-10 weeks.
Georgetown University School of Medicine offers 3 summer programs for high school and college premeds.
Johns Hopkins Pre-professional Advising Office maintains a great deal of resources and references for their students and many are available to you on their website. Skip down to the section labeled Additional Research Opportunities. Honestly the links go on and one so don't miss this great resource.
Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement - Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP) in cooperation with the CDC. This summer program focuses on public health and on elimination of health disparities and promotion of health equity. Students select one of the three partner institutions: Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, University of South Dakota/Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities in Sioux Falls, SD or University of California in Davis, CA. $3500 stipend awarded to all students. Deadline: January 31, 2018.
National Association for Advisors of the Health Professions: NAAHP has an updated list for summer opportunities for pre-health students both Clinical and Research opportunities. 2018 summer information is available.
National Institutes of Health offers Clinical Summer Internships (8wks) for undergraduates. The application has been open since November and closes on March 1st so don't delay. Apply now. For Ph.D. students they offer a Clinical and Translational Research Course at the NIH Clinical Center.
National Science Foundation funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. Click on the Search REU Site link and you will receive very specific contact information and a short note on their study. Click link to the left Student- Search for REU site.
Orthopedic Trauma Undergraduate Summer Internship at Mass General Hospital, Boston MA Interns are exposed to the medical setting through orthopedic research and observation. Deadline February 12, 2018.
Overlook Summer Internship Program (OSIP) A hospital based summer program for premeds interesting in applying to medical school located in NJ. Deadline February 1, 2018.
Project Healthcare in NYC at Bellevue Hospital at NYU. Intensive 10 week program focusing on ER medicine. Deadline January 7, 2018.
Rochester Institute of Technology compiled this comprehensive list of paid summer opportunities, co-op/Internships and Summer Research Opportunities for 2018 in Biomedical Research and for Premed Students. This site is really worth a look. It's completely up to date with 2018 information. Great job!
Summer Enrichment and Pipeline Programs, AAMC Comprehensive list coordinated by the AAMC, unfortunately many links are out of date. Use the names and google the program directly.
Summer Health Professions Education Program According to SHPEP, they offer a "free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. SHPEP, formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), expanded in 2016 to include a broader array of health professions." This is a very competitive but amazing program. There are 13 sites including but not limited to Columbia, Howard, LSU, Rutgers, Univ. of Alabama, Univ., of Florida, Univ. of Washington and more. The application has been open since December 1 and closes on February 1, 2018 so get going on this application.
St. Mary’s Medical Center 8 week internship program in Langhorne, PA
St. Vincent Medical Center Emergency Room Research Associate Program in Bridgeport, CT. They offer programs during three semesters (fall, spring summer). This is a great option for gap year students.
Swarthmore College has a great list of summer opportunities both domestic and abroad.
Undergraduate Healthcare Leadership Internship (UHLI) Program through the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership offers 16 paid summer internships throughout Maine. Deadline February 2, 2018.
UC Irvine HEALTH & SCIENCE ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS high school and middle school students.
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine offers a variety of 6 & 8 week clinical and research summer programs for high school and college students from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or who represent groups that are known to be underrepresented in health related sciences and medicine. Some programs are residential while others are day only.. Deadline January 19, 2018.
University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunities This link offers a variety of UM research opportunities.
University of Michigan Internships with MHealthy. This site mainly offers spring 2018 options.
Guide to Online Research This extensive website outlines how best to conduct online research when scrolling through research databases, search engines and websites. This site is worth a quick look to browse what is available then bookmark it and return to it when you need to drill down for more specific information or need help navigating an academic/scientific website.
NOTE: Newport Premedical Consulting, LLC does not recommend or endorse any particular program listed above. Programs are listed as a point of resource. Students must conduct their own research to determine if a program fits their needs.
GAP Year Options
The Division of Genetics and Genomics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York City created a clinical research position in 2017 for a student interested in pursuing a gap year. Paid position. Deadline March. As of Jan 1, 2018, they have not published 2018 deadline.
Center for Disease Control The CDC offers a variety of internships in the summer as well as during the year if you are looking at a gap year option. See link for specific dates and duration of programs. Some can be as short as 4 weeks or as long as 1 year.
St. Vincent Medical Center Emergency Room Research Associate Program in Bridgeport, CT. They offer programs during three semesters (fall, spring summer). This is a great option for gap year students who reside in the New Haven/Bridgeport/ Greenwich CT area.
Full time employment for gap year students as Medical Assistant in Dermatology office (Alexandria, VA) and Emergency Room Scribe (Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, VA). Keep checking the website for 2018 deadline information and specifics. Program runs for 13 months (May - through the following June).
Last updated: January 6, 2018