Cancer Disparities Internship

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2019!

Applications due Monday, February 4, 2019 at 12:00 pm CT

The University of Minnesota Medical School Program in Health Disparities Research and the Masonic Cancer Center are pleased to announce the 11th annual summer undergraduate internship on health disparities and cancer research. This program is a paid, full-time internship designed to give undergraduate students from Minnesota's racial/ethnic minority and underrepresented communities’ research and shadowing experience in the health sciences. Apply today!

This experience exposed me to what my future could be like and also led to the opportunity of co-authoring a publication and continuing my work in the fall semester. I greatly value teamwork and this internship gave me the greatest experience of working with an amazing team and mentor.

Questions? Contact Mikow Hang at hangx012@umn.edu.


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. 

Program Description

Program Description

The Health Disparities & Cancer Research Summer Internship has 10 internship positions available for summer 2019.

  • The nine-week program runs from June 10, 2019 - August 9, 2019*.
  • This is a paid internship.
  • Accepted interns will be matched with a research mentor in the Masonic Cancer Center or Program in Health Disparities Research and assigned to a clinic within the Twin Cities. The matching process will begin prior to the start date.

During the program, participants will:

  • Learn how health disparities and cancer 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 and cancer
  • Shadow a clinician for up to 28 hours throughout the course of the summer
  • Present a poster to academic members and community partners in August

*program dates are subject to change

Program Expectations

Program Expectations

Applicants accepted into the program must agree to the following:

  • Commit to work full-time (40 hours per week) during normal office hours (8:00am-5:00pm) for the duration of the nine-week program
    • Some evening and/or weekend hours may be required
  • Attend the weekly seminar series and other required activities
  • Participate in the poster symposium at the end of the program
  • Demonstrate professionalism at all times
  • Arrange accommodations, including transportation, parking, and lodging, if applicable
  • Provide legal documentation establishing eligibility to work in the United States
  • Up to date on immunizations
  • Access to a laptop

*List is not exhaustive and may change. Expectations will be detailed in the acceptance letter.

Timeline

Timeline

  • December 2018: Applications open
  • February 4, 2019: Applications due
  • March/April 2019: Notification of award
  • April 2019: Mentor/Mentee Matching
  • June – August 2019: Internship Program
  • August 2019: Poster Session

**Timeline is subject to change without notice.

Eligibility

Eligibility

In order to participate in the internship program, applicants must be:

  • An incoming sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate student. Students graduating in May 2019 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 research career 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

Application

Application deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019 at 12:00 pm CT. No late applications will be accepted.
  1. Complete the online application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  2. Applicants must submit two professional recommendations.

Note: You can save your application and return to finish it at a later time. When you exit the system, you should receive a return code. Contact us if you need access to the code.


Application Guidelines

The internship application consists of the following sections:

  • Background information
  • Essays - remember to spell check, review grammar, and address the entire question!
    • Personal Essay: Describe your academic and career goals, interest in human health research, how you will benefit from this program, what you want to learn or accomplish from this program, and any research experience you have had, if applicable. Please also address any specific personal challenges you have faced that have influenced your life and/or academic career. (2-page limit; 12 pt font; single-spaced)
    • Short Essay: Take a moment to think about a specific, diverse or underserved community within Minnesota and how it is impacted by health disparities. In your essay, describe one or two of the most critical health issues facing this Minnesota community. Give examples of how you, in your intended profession, i.e. nurse, researcher, medical doctor, community health worker, etc., would serve in this area of need. (No more than 500 words.)
  • College/university transcript (unofficial will suffice)
    • Upload your transcript as a PDF.
    • Emailed transcripts will not be accepted.
  • Resume (4 pages max). Include the following information:
    • Paid and upaid work experiences. Examples of unpaid work include working in a family business, taking care of siblings/elderly relative, etc…
    • Community service
    • Volunteer activities
    • Awards and achievements
    • Clubs/organizations
  • Letter of recommendation
    • Send the recommendation form, https://z.umn.edu/cancerdisparitiesinternshipLOR, to two individuals to complete by Monday, February 4, 2019 at 12:00pm CST. Late submissions will not be accepted.
    • More than two recommendations will not be accepted.
    • Professional recommendations only; cannot include family members or friends

Review Criteria

Review Criteria

The review committee will score applications based on the following criteria:

  • Essay
  • Academic achievements 
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Motivation to work in health or research professions 
  • Experience volunteering with diverse and underserved populations

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