Cancer Disparities Internship

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Health Disparities and Cancer Research Summer Undergraduate Internship

2018 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 tenth annual summer undergraduate internship on health disparities and cancer research.

Program Description

The 2018 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, behavioral, 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 10-August 10, 2018*. Internships positions are full-time (Monday-Friday from approximately 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM). 

*dates are tentative

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. 

2018 Application Process

2018 Intern Application Schedule
  • Application and recommendation deadline: Monday, February 5, 2018, at 12:00pm CST (applications and forms submitted after this time will not be accepted)
  • Status notification: on or before March 2018.
Review Criteria
  • Essay 
  • Academic achievements 
  • Recommendations 
  • 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, including parking costs.
  • 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.
Eligibility

Eligible applicants must be:

  • An incoming sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate student. Students graduating in May 2018 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.
Application Instructions

Applicants must complete the online application. Applicants must also have two professional recommendations. The application deadline for both is Monday, February 5, 2018 at 12:00pm CST. Applicants must adhere to the application deadlines. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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
  • Resume

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 5, 2018 at 12:00pm CST. More than two recommendations will not be accepted. Professional recommendations only; cannot include family members or friends.

Note: The Health Disparities and Cancer Research Summer Internship shares its application with the CTSI Pathways to Research Program (PReP) Program.  Students may be considered for one or both of the programs by selecting their program choice(s) in the application.  To find out more about the PReP program, visit https://z.umn.edu/prep18.

For additional information, please contact: phdr@umn.edu

 

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