The Summer Undergraduate Research Internship in University of MN, USA

2015 Request for Applications: Opportunity on Health Disparities & Cancer Research

The University of Minnesota Medical School’s Program in Health Disparities Research and the Masonic Cancer Center are pleased to announce the seventh annual summer undergraduate internship on health disparities and cancer research.


Program Description

The 2015 summer internship on cancer and health disparities is an eight-week program designed to give undergraduate students from Minnesota’s racial/ethnic minority and under-represented communities’ research experience in the health sciences. During the program, participants will:

  • Learn how health disparities are addressed through community-engaged research;
  • Gain hands-on experience with an experienced faculty mentor in basic biomedical, translational, clinical, and/or community-based research;
  • Attend seminars and workshops on topics such as interdisciplinary research and the root causes of health disparities;
  • Discuss careers in health sciences with University of Minnesota professionals;
  • Sign-up to shadow a clinician;
  • Work with a research team at the current stage of their project(s); and
  • Present a poster to academic members and community partners at the end of the summer.

The internship program dates are: June 22-August 14, 2015. Internships positions are full-time (Monday-Friday from approximately 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM).

Interns will be matched with a mentor in the Program in Health Disparities Research or the Masonic Cancer Center. The mentor matching process will begin prior to the start date.

Interns will receive a rate of $12.00 per hour.


2015 Intern Application Schedule
  • Application and recommendation deadline: Monday, February 23, 2015, at 4:00 PM CST (documents submitted after this time will not be accepted)
  • Award notification: March 16-27, 2015


Expectations for Applicants

Students who apply are required and responsible for:

  • Providing their own laptop computer.
  • Arranging their lodging and transportation.
  • Demonstrating professionalism at all times.
  • Committing to work full-time for the entire duration of the 8-week program (up to three days of unpaid leave will be permitted).



Eligible applicants must be:

  • An incoming sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate student.
  • Enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college/university in Minnesota or be a Minnesota resident attending a 2 or 4 year accredited college/university within the United States.
  • Interested in pursuing a career in research or a health science profession.
  • From an under-represented community. This may include students who self-identify with a racial/ethnic minority community, first generation college students, LGBTQ, rural and/or low socio-economic backgrounds.

Applicants must adhere to the application deadlines. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.



Please complete the online application.
The application deadline is Monday, February 23, 2015 at 4:00 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST).

Recommendation Form

Download and return the recommendation form (PDF). Two letters of recommendation are required. This form is required; alternative documents will not be accepted. Professional recommendations only, cannot include family members or friends. For questions and to submit recommendations forms please contact Sandra Rivera ( or fax 612-626-6782), before Monday, February 23, 2015 at 4:00 PM CST.

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