Summer Volunteer & Research Experiences for Premeds*

Jennifer Nemecek, Newport Premedical Consulting, LLC

AAMC Summer Enrichment and Pipeline Programs Comprehensive list coordinated by the AAMC, unfortunately many links are out of date. Use the names and google the program directly.

American Public Health Association Internship

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. 

Center for Disease Control

Clinical 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.

Internships with Michigan Department of Heath and Human Services

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.

National Association for Advisors of the Health ProfessionsNAAHP has an updated list for summer opportunities for pre-health students both Clinical and Research opportunities.

National Institutes of Health

National Science Foundation According to the NSF website for students, “NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.” Click on the search tool 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

Overlook Summer Internship Program (OSIP) A hospital based summer program for premeds interesting in applying to medical school located in NJ.

Rochester Institute of Technology compiled this comprehensive list of paid summer opportunities. Co-op/Internships and Summer Research Opportunities for 2017 in Biomedical Research and for Premed Students.

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." 

St. Mary’s Medical Center 10 week internship program in Langhorne, PA

St. Vincent Medical Center Emergency Room Research Associate Program in Bridgeport, CT

Swarthmore College has a great list of summer opportunities both domestic and abroad

University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunities

University of Michigan Internships with MHealthy


If you are remotely considering taking science classes abroad during study abroad, please read the following:


2) Please review the article I co-authored on what medical school think of courses taken abroad. International Study in Premedical Education was published in Academic Medicine in 2001. 


----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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.


* 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.