Cancer Disparities Internship

The Summer Undergraduate Research Internship


The Health Disparities and Cancer Research Summer Undergraduate Internship includes hands-on experience in research addressing health disparities and cancer.  Interns are matched with and supervised by experienced faculty mentors conducting research at the Program in Health Disparities Research and the Masonic Cancer Center. 


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

Program Description 

The 2014 summer internship on cancer and health disparities is an eight-week program designed to give undergraduate students from Minnesota's racial/ethnic minority or 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 or conduct a service learning project with a local community organization
• Work with a research team at the current stage of their project(s)
• Present a poster to academic members and community partners at the end of the summer

The internship program dates are: June 16-August 8, 2014. Internships positions are full-time (Monday-Friday from approximately 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).

Interns will be matched to work full-time 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. In addition to working on a research project, interns can sign-up to to spend up to one half-day per week either shadowing a clinician or working with a local community organization on a service learning project.

Interns will receive a rate of $10.25 per hour. 

Expectations for Applicants

Students who apply must be able to:

• Provide their own laptop computer and arrange their own transportation and lodging.
• Conduct themselves in a professional manner and work well in both independent and group settings.
• Commit to work full-time the entire duration of the 8-week program (up to three days of unpaid leave will be allowed).

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants will be:

• Incoming sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students
• Enrolled in 2- or 4-year college/university in Minnesota or be a Minnesota resident attending a 2- or 4-year college/university in other states.
• From Minnesota's ethnic minority or under-represented communities, this could include individuals who are first generation college students, from rural and/or low socioeconomic backgrounds, etc.
• Interested in pursuing a career in research or a health science profession. 

Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria: Interns will be selected based on the following criteria:

• Academic credentials (30%)
• Essay quality (20%)
• Recommendation (15%)
• Experience working or volunteering with diverse and underserved populations (15%)
• Experience working on a team (10%)
• Motivation to work in health or research professions (10%) 

2014 Application Schedule

• DEADLINE EXTENDED - Application and recommendation deadline: Monday, March 10, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. CST
• DATE EXTENDED - Award notification: March 24 - 28, 2014

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

Application Instructions 

Please submit the following materials to apply for the 2014 Health Disparities & Cancer Research Summer Internship Program.

1. Intern Application
Applicants must complete and submit an online application prior to the deadline.  Supplemental documents or late submissions will not be accepted.  The application deadline is Monday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m. CST

Complete the online application here.  

2. Professional Recommendation Form
Applicants are required to have at least one recommendation from a relevant professional reference (not personal friends or family members). References must submit completed recommendation forms below prior to the deadline. The below recommendation form must be used; other documents will not be accepted. The recommendation form deadline is also Monday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m. CST.

Download the recommendation form (.DOC) here and email the completed form to here.  
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