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Applications are currently closed and will reopen mid-December 2016

The Summer Undergraduate Research Internship

2016 Request for Applications: Opportunity on Health Disparities and 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 2016 summer internship on cancer and health disparities is an nine-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.
  • Engage in research related to faculty mentor’s area of investigation in basic biomedical, translational, clinical, and/or community-based research.
  • Attend weekly seminars and workshops on topics such as interdisciplinary research, applying for medical or professional schools, and the root causes of health disparities.
  • Shadow a clinician for up to 28 hours throughout the course of the summer.
  • Present a poster to academic members and community partners at the end of the summer.

The internship program dates are: June 13-August 11, 2016. Internships positions are full-time (Monday-Friday from approximately 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM). 

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

These are paid, full-time, internship positions offering $12/hr. 

2016 Application Process

2016 Intern Application Schedule
  • Application and recommendation deadline: Monday, February 15, 2016, at 4pm CST (applications and forms submitted after this time will not be accepted)
  • Status notification: on or before March 17, 2016
Expectations for Applicants

Students who apply are required and responsible for:

  • Providing your own laptop computer.
  • Arranging their lodging and transportation.
  • Demonstrating professionalism at all times.
  • Committing to work full-time during normal office hours for the entire duration of the 9-week program (up to three days of unpaid leave will be permitted.
Eligibility

Eligible applicants must be:

  • An incoming sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate student. Students graduating in May 2016 are not eligible.
  • 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 student, LGBTQ, rural and/or disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.
Application Instructions

There are two parts to the application process. Applicants must complete the online application (#1 below). Applicants must also have two professional recommendations (#2 below). The application deadline for both is Monday, February 15, 2016 at 4pm CST. Applicants must adhere to the application deadlines. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

1. Submit an Online Application: The application includes your background information, a written essay, and a copy of your college/university transcript

Submit your application online

2. Submit Two Forms of Recommendation: This recommendation form is required; alternative documents, i.e. letters of recommendation on letterhead, will not be accepted. More than two recommendations will not be accepted. Professional recommendations only, cannot include family members or friends. Recommendation forms should be submitted by the recommender to Ms. Sandra Rivera (email: river039@umn.edu (preferred) or fax 612-626-6782), before Monday, February 15, 2016 at 4pm CST.   

For additional information, please contact: Sandra Rivera at river039@umn.edu

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