medical research internships for undergraduates
The summer 2021 medical research internships for undergraduate students program has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The summer 2021 medical research internships for undergraduate students program has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We very much look forward to welcoming potential future physicians into our community in 2022 and will be sending out application information and instructions in January of that year, so please visit this page again then.
We want to assure you that UCSF is committed to supporting undergraduate students in their pursuit of a career in medicine. The Undergraduate Research and Internship Program (URIP) for graduate students and medical students will continue as planned, albeit remotely online for summer 2021. Please also view other opportunities for undergraduates at UCSF.
Undergraduate students with an interest in health and medicine are encouraged to apply to the summer 2021 medical research internships for undergraduate students program.
The program is offered to college and university undergraduate students, including high school students.
As a summer research intern at UCSF, you will be part of a community of dedicated scientists and clinicians who are advancing health worldwide every day.
As a summer research intern at UCSF, you will be part of a community of dedicated scientists and clinicians who are advancing health worldwide every day. This is a highly competitive program that admits only a few students each year. If accepted, you will have the opportunity to work with leading medical researchers in the areas of biostatistics, cancer biology, clinical epidemiology, human genetics and genomics, infectious diseases and immunology, neuroscience, and more. You will learn about how physicians and scientists conduct research in their respective fields.
UCSF offers an eight-week internship for undergraduates interested in summer research training in all medical disciplines for which UCSF has degree programs: physical therapy; occupational therapy; physician assistant studies; nursing; pharmacy; medicine; dentistry; as well as basic science departments (biochemistry & biophysics, anatomy), population health sciences (epidemiology & biostatistics), social & behavioral sciences (anthropology), bioengineering & therapeutic sciences (bioethics) and graduate studies (pharmacology).
You will work one-on-one with faculty members on their cutting-edge research.
You’ll work one-on-one with faculty members on their cutting-edge research. The program’s goal is to give participants a true glimpse at what it takes to carry out their own medical research, and you’ll be guided by some incredible faculty members along the way. It’s an amazing opportunity for undergraduates looking to explore a career in academic medicine, and can put them ahead of the competition when applying for graduate school.
You will learn about how physicians and scientists conduct research.
During a medical research internship, you will learn about how physicians and scientists conduct research. This is typically a very exciting experience, because you will be working with people who are passionate about learning more about a topic that they have chosen to study. You will learn about the discovery process, the need for hypothesis formation, experimentation, data analysis, and publication.
Additionally, you will become familiar with the protocols and methods used for different types of research projects in addition to the equipment needed. You may even be asked to participate in experiments or other parts of a project by your mentor physician or scientist.
You’ll also gain valuable communication skills by interacting with patients as well as doctors and other researchers. Finally, you’ll also learn how to write a research paper and present information at conferences like your mentor does. All of these things are important for pursuing further education in medicine or science fields both during and after college.
You may have the chance to participate in seminars and workshops about scientific research, career opportunities, or other relevant topics.
- Seminars and workshops may cover topics such as:
- Research methods and techniques
- How to be a successful researcher
- How to prepare for graduate school and beyond
- Career development workshops cover topics such as:
- Resume writing
- Mock interviews
- How to create a personal brand!
You can continue sharpening your skills by participating in our career development program.
If you are considering a career in biomedical research, we encourage you to take advantage of the many resources offered by the UCSF Graduate Division Office of Career and Professional Development. This office offers workshops and seminars on resume preparation, interviewing skills, how to pursue post-baccalaureate internships and other opportunities. Assistance with writing a resume or cover letter is also available through this office.
Research careers involve many years of educational attainment and scientific training beyond undergraduate school. If you are interested in pursuing medical research, we encourage you to talk with your academic advisor about strategies for preparing for graduate or professional school as early as possible during your undergraduate years.
There is no application fee. All materials must be submitted via the online application system by 5 p.m. Dec. 1st, 2020 (Pacific Time).
You must use the online application system to submit all materials by 5 p.m. Dec. 1st, 2020 (Pacific Time). There is no application fee. All applicants will be notified of their status by January 31, 2021. After review of the online applications, selected students will be interviewed by phone/Skype as part of the selection process.
All applications must be submitted electronically via the online application form only.
The University of California San Francisco has a medical research internships program for undergraduate students
The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) has a summer research program for undergraduates. Students selected for the program spend 10 weeks at UCSF conducting research under the supervision of a faculty member. At any time, applicants can expect to find out if they’ve been accepted about 6 weeks after applying.
If you’re interested in applying, you should have strong academic achievement, extensive background in biology and chemistry, and be able to demonstrate strong interest in pursuing a MD/PhD degree.
Interested students should submit their application to UCSF by May 1st of each year via email and include two letters of recommendation from science professors or mentors who are familiar with your work as well as information regarding your GPA and SAT scores.