Cancer Disparities Internship
The Summer Undergraduate Research Internship
2017 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 eighth annual summer undergraduate internship on health disparities and cancer research.
The 2017 summer internship on cancer and health disparities is an nine-week program designed to give undergraduate students from Minnesota's racial/ethnic minority and underrepresented 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 12-August 11, 2017. Internships positions are full-time (Monday-Friday from approximately 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM).
Accepted 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.
2017 Application Process
2017 Intern Application Schedule
- Application and recommendation deadline: Monday, February 13, 2017, at midnight CST (applications and forms submitted after this time will not be accepted)
- Status notification: on or before March 13, 2017
- Academic achievements
- Motivation to work in health or research professions
- Experience volunteering with diverse and underserved populations
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.
- Being up to date on their immunizations.
- Committing to work full time during normal office hours (8:00am-5:00pm) for the duration of the nine-week program. There is a possibility for evening hours based on the needs of the research position. Up to three days of unpaid leave will be permitted.
Eligible applicants must be:
- An incoming sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate student. Students graduating in May 2017 are not eligible.
- Enrolled in a two or four year college/university in Minnesota or be a Minnesota resident attending a two or four year accredited college/university within the United States.
- Interested in pursuing a career in research or a health science profession.
- From an underrepresented community. This may include students who self-identify with a racial/ethnic minority community, first generation college student, LGBTQ, rural and/or disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.
There are three parts to the application process. Applicants must complete the online application (#1 & #2 below). Applicants must also have two professional recommendations (#3 below). The application deadline for both is Monday, February 13, 2017 at midnight CST. Applicants must adhere to the application deadlines. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
1. Create an online profile at NRMNet.net by clicking here.*
*you may skip this step if you are not a US citizen or permanent resident.
- You will be prompted to create a password and answer a set of basic questions to create your profile.
- When asked, “from which organization did you hear about NRMN?” please select “NRMN PDC – Professional Development Core” from the dropdown menu.
- When asked your career level, please select “other” and type in “student."
- When asked the partner organization, please select “Program in Health Disparities Research and Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations (University of Minnesota).”
- Once you’ve completed your registration, you will see a notification that your NRMN Profile has been updated. You may then move on to Step 2.
2. Complete the program application here. The following materials must be submitted along with this application:
- Your background information
- A written essay
- A copy of your college/university transcript
3. Submit two forms of recommendation; this recommendation form is required. Please send the above link to the two individuals who will complete the recommendation and ask them to complete it by Monday, February 13, 2017 at midnight CST. More than two recommendations will not be accepted. Professional recommendations only; cannot include family members or friends.
For additional information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org