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 (HHV 380 Issues in Medicine and HHV 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 fralexander@davidson.edu or 704-894-2482.

Opportunities and Internships

The 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)

The 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)

The Clinical Research Office at Valley Health/Winchester Medical Center is offering an 8-week clinical research summer internship program to rising junior and rising senior pre-med students. (Summer internship)

The Mayo Clinic–Vann Fellowship for Biomedical Ethics Research is a summer program that places students with faculty mentors to work on research projects and also attend sessions on bioethics research methods.  Application deadline is mid-January for first-year students, sophomores, and juniors. (Summer internship)

Human Rights Watch needs interns to work in the Children's Rights division. Projects include press monitoring, desk research, drafting short background documents and other projects. Application deadline is mid-January for first-year students, sophomores, and juniors. (Summer internship)

The Duke University School of Medicine Summer Biomedical Sciences Institute is a medical school preparation program providing students instruction in science, medical statistics and medical writing. The 6-week program includes workshops in financial planning and health policy as well as individualized health profession advising sessions. Applications are due March 1 for rising sophomores and rising juniors.

The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a free (full tuition, housing, and meals included), 6-week academic enrichment program that offers first-year students and sophomores intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation. (Summer internship)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) Postbac IRTA/CRTA program (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)

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

PARAdiGM is the University of Alabama at Birmingham's NIH/NHLBI-funded summer program for outstanding undergraduates from disadvantaged and underrepresented minority backgrounds who want  to explore future careers as physician-scientists (scientific investigators and practicing physicians). (Summer internship)

The 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)

The Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) at Virginia Commonwealth University is an intensive, 6-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)

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

The Summer Scholars Program at Wake Forest University allows students to become immersed in research projects in faculty labs, receiving appropriate guidance from their faculty mentors and graduate or post-doctoral students in the labs. (Summer internships, post-bac and fellowship opportunities)

The Asthma, Allergy, and Autoimmunity Institute (AAAI) is an 8-week research internship with opportunities to shadow clinicians and attend lectures. (Summer internship)

The Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program is an opportunity for students interested in an M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree to scrub in for surgeries, work on independent research projects, and receive mentorship from current M.D. and/or Ph.D. students. (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, do clinical research shadowing, and network with people in admissions. (Summer internships, post-bac opportunities)

The UNC Chapel Hill Master's Degree Program in Literature, Medicine and Culture is a collaboration between the UNC Health Campus and the Humanities Program. (Post-bac opportunities)

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)

In the Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program, students conduct research in fields of biotechnology under supervision of Harvard faculty members and postdoctoral students. Students also take part in pre-professional development seminars and workshops. Application deadline is Feb. 1 for sophomores and juniors.

Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research (PSOMER) is an 8-week residential research, education and mentoring experience at the University of Chicago. (Summer internships, post-bac and fellowship opportunities)

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

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

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

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Combined Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity is a non-credit, 10-week, highly structured research experience sponsored by the 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)

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

The 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 careers as physician-scientists. (Summer internships)

The Fred Hutch Summer Undergraduate Biomedical Research Program is a 9-week summer internship designed to provide research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students.  Application deadline is mid-January for rising seniors (Summer internship)

The Pediatric Oncology Education Program at St. Jude's Children's Hospital Cancer is an opportunity for pre-med students to participate in biomedical and oncology research and participate in clinical conferences and lectures. Prior research experience required. Application due Feb. 1.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) at UIC College of Pharmacy allow students to work on their own research projects in the labs of faculty mentors. Fellows also attend professional development seminars, visit Hospira R&D campus, tour UIC research facilities, and participate in workshops on advanced scientific techniques. Application due February 1 for sophomores or juniors majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or related fields. 

The Research Assistant Position, National Institute of Mental Health, Emotional Development Branch, Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders allows students to conduct research on pathophysiology, treatment, and prevention of mental illness using computer statistical analysis programs. Duties include preparing blood samples and working with patients during outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy. Students who apply should have plans to apply to graduate or medical school. For graduating seniors. 

The Project Healthcare 2017 application will close Sunday, Feb. 5 at 11:59 p.m. Annually, the program offers interviews to 130 applicants and accepts 50 to participate during the summer. Interviews will be held two weekends in March 2017. Students with a strong interest in healthcare (aspiring doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical psychologists/psychiatrists, clinical social workers), students who are uncertain about pursuing a career in healthcare, and recent college graduates are all invited to apply. Housing is not provided as part of this program.

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA/Drew Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free residential summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in health professions. UCLA/Drew SHPEP gives students the opportunity to meet and work with other students whose interests in health professions parallel their own. Students will have the opportunity to work with expert faculty and staff who are eager to mentor students and share knowledge in their individual fields. Eligible applicants are admitted on a rolling basis. Applying early increases your chances of being selected at your preferred program site. Deadline is March 1, 2017.

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Pre-medical/Pre-dental Enrichment Program (UCLA PREP) is a non-residential program designed to provide pre-medical and pre-dental students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a means of strengthening their ability and readiness to study medicine or dentistry. As a result of full participation in UCLA PREP, participants should have enhanced their chances of being accepted to medical or dental school and succeeding once there. Online applications open January 3, 2017; deadline is March 1, 2017.

UCLA Re-Application Program (UCLA RAP) offers a comprehensive, structured re-application program designed to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have been unsuccessful in gaining admission to any U.S. medical school. RAP is an 11-month program that is conducted in two sessions. The summer session will be June 19-July 21, 2017, and the academic year session will run from August 2017-May 2018. UCLA RAP is a member of the University of California Postbaccalaureate Consortium. Applications open January 2.

The Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research is an NIH-sponsored summer pipeline program held on the University of Chicago campus. Students apply from around the country to participate in a rigorous, mentored and highly supportive experience and are provided with on-campus housing as well as a generous stipend. Participants in the program are rising college seniors or students rising into a post baccalaureate program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have Permanent Resident status. The program seeks students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or represent groups that are known to be underrepresented in health-related sciences and medicine. The deadline for submission is January 13, 2017. It is necessary to complete the online application to be considered for the program.

The Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program (UCRIP) is a summer program that allows undergraduate students interested in careers in medicine the opportunity to spend 8-10 weeks at Vanderbilt conducting research and observing clinical patient care at an academic medical center. Students may pursue basic science, clinical, or translational research projects. In addition to participating in research, participants benefit from clinical observation opportunities, which allows students to gain an understanding of how academic medicine teams function and start to gain some very foundational knowledge about body systems and disease processes.

Courier Program is an 8-week service learning program focusing on providing exposure to rural and underserved communities in Appalachia. Couriers will work on public health and primary care initiatives. Deadline is the first week of February.

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at University of Massachusetts Medical School is a 10-week, structured research experience consisting of 'hands-on' laboratory research working with a research mentor. You must be 18 years old to apply, and the deadline is March 10.

Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship is an 8- to 10-week program in which students conduct research and observe clinical patient care. Students must have GPAs of 3.5 or higher. The deadline is Feb. 1.

The Child Health Research Internship at the University of Colorado allows students to work in labs for nine weeks under faculty mentors. Students will participate in research seminars once a week and will be required to write summaries of their research experiences by the end of the summer. Rising seniors in high school, undergraduate students, graduate students, and medical students are eligible. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Summer in Biomedical Sciences offers stipends to students to support them as they conduct laboratory research under faculty mentors and present their results at the Summer Research Expo at the end of the summer. This opportunity is open to sophomores and juniors, and the application is due Feb. 15.

Youth Health Equity Model of Practice Program offers public health fellowships that provide students with hands-on experiences through placements with different organizations focused on health equity and disparities. Students may be placed with government agencies, healthcare delivery organizations, health equity councils and more. Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students are eligible to apply, and applications are due Feb. 15.

Summer Internship–Genetics Assistant at Rees Skillern Cancer Institute is an opportunity to be part of the genetic team at the Cancer Institute. Students will be exposed to cancer genetics, pedigree development, multidisciplinary case conferences, and planning medical care. Open to pre-med, biology or genetics majors.

Brody School of Medicine–Summer Biomedical Research Program is an intensive program that provides undergraduates with hands-on research experience. Students will also participate in career building activities including professional school mock interviews and personal statement writing workshops. Applications are due Feb. 17.