Internships & Experience

To gauge your interest in and commitment to a medical career, in addition to your coursework you should seek opportunities to interact with people in hospitals and clinics.

Clinical Programs for Course Credit

The Health and Human Values program offers two courses in clinical/hospital experiences (MHU 380 Issues in Medicine and MHU 390 Health Care Ethics), each worth one course credit. In them, you will observe multiple medical specialties in Charlotte area hospitals and clinics and participate in classroom discussions related to your observations in the field. Invited speakers from various medical fields supplement the course with lectures.

Mentor/Shadowing Programs

The Physician Mentor program allows you to interact with physicians, patients, and other health care professionals by shadowing and working with physicians in clinical or hospital settings. You also can seek advice on medical schools, classes, applications, and internships from working physicians.

Shadowing experiences give you a real-world perspective on the benefits and drawbacks to modern medicine today. If you are interested in the program, contact Program Assistant Frances Alexander at or 704-894-2482.

Opportunities and Internships

Center for Civic Engagement hosts immersive internship and fellowship programs for current Davidson College students each summer. All opportunities are in the Davidson/Charlotte area and include stipends and housing. (Summer internships, post-bac and fellowship opportunities)

Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) is seeking undergraduate students to participate in research internships in a cancer-related field (e.g., biological sciences, pharmacy, public health) during their Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. (Summer internship)

Clinical Research Office at Valley Health/Winchester Medical Center is offering an eight-week clinical research summer internship program to rising junior and rising senior pre-med students. (Summer internship)

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a free (full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation. (Summer internship)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) Postbac IRTA program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award, in the National Cancer Institute) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. (Post-bac, fellowship, and gap year employment opportunities)

Summer in Biomedical Science (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program provides an opportunity for young people to be instructed in the techniques of modern biology while becoming integrated members of a vibrant clinical and scientific community at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. (Summer internship)

PARAdiGM is the University of Alabama, Birmingham's NIH/NHLBI-funded summer program for outstanding undergraduates from disadvantaged and underrepresented minority backgrounds who want  to explore the potential of a future career as a physician-scientist-becoming a scientific investigator and a practicing physician. (Summer internships)

Penn COE Summer Program at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine prepares under-represented minority students for careers in academic medicine or other positions of leadership in medicine. (Summer internships)

Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) at Virginia Commonwealth University is an intensive, six-week interprofessional academic enrichment program designed to enhance the academic preparation of junior and senior undergraduate students, as well as post-baccalaureate students, who are actively pursuing enrollment in a health professions school. (Summer internships, post-bac, and fellowship opportunities)

Summer Biomedical Research Program (SBRP) at East Carolina University is an intensive program that provides students with laboratory experience and an opportunity to participate in career development activities. (Summer internship)

Summer Scholars Program at Wake Forest University allows students to become immersed on a research project in a faculty lab receiving appropriate guidance from their faculty mentor and graduate or post-doctoral students in the lab. (Summer internships, post-bac and fellowship opportunities)

Asthma, Allergy, and Autoimmunity Institute (AAAI) is an eight-week research internship with opportunities to shadow clinicians and attend lectures. (Summer internship)

Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program is an opportunity for students interested in an M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree to scrub into surgeries, work on an independent research project, receive mentorship by a current M.D. and/or Ph.D. student. (Summer internships)

Science Enrichment Preparation (SEP) at UNC Chapel Hill is a program for students to take medical school prerequisite courses, receive standardized test prep, clinical research shadowing, and networking opportunities with admissions. (Summer internships, post-bac opportunities)

UNC Chapel Hill Master's Degree Program in Literature, Medicine and Culture collaborates between the UNC Health Campus and the humanities program. (Post-bac opportunities)

Davidson College Mayo Clinic-Vann Fellowship for Biomedical Research places students with faculty mentors to work on research projects and attend sessions on bioethics research methods. (Summer internships)

Scientific Program Analyst (NIH) is a science administration position that requires a good understanding of genetics. It is directed towards students interested in applying to graduate or medical school. (Summer internships)

Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research (PSOMER) is an eight-week residential research, education and mentoring experience at the University of Chicago. (Summer internships, post-bac and fellowship opportunities)

Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program (SUMR@Penn) offers paid summer internships for underrepresented minority undergraduates, or any other undergrads interested in exploring the field of health services research. (Summer internships)

UPenn Pre-Med Enrichment Program prepares underrepresented minority students for medical school through MCAT preparation, biomedical research, and lectures. (Summer internships)

UM-SMART Undergrad Summer Program (Summer at Michigan for Undergraduate Research Training) offers both biomedical research experience and exposure to clinical medicine. (Summer internships)

University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Combined Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity is a non-credit, 10-week, highly structured research experience sponsored by UMMS Office of School Services. Research opportunities consist of hands-on, laboratory research with an investigator serving as mentor, role model, and adviser. (Summer internships)

U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research (USAISR) has paid summer internships for premed, predental and engineering students (STEM). (Summer internships)

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine offers a 10-week summer education and research training to outstanding undergraduate students interested in combined DO-Ph.D. training for a career as a physician-scientist. (Summer internships)