Cancer Research Summer Internship Program

Opportunity Description:

As part of its Cancer Biology Training Program, the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center provides exposure to cancer research for highly motivated and talented college undergraduates. This program gives the successful applicants an opportunity to explore potential careers in the field of cancer research. Internships are aimed at students who are completing their sophomore or junior undergraduate year this spring. Applications are encouraged from individuals from minority groups that are currently underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research.

The program will run for a ten-week period during summer. Students selected are matched with an appropriate U-M faculty. Interns are paid a stipend of $5,500 and are responsible for their own housing and travel arrangements.

Interns work directly in a cancer laboratory setting. Program mentors give presentations on their work in cancer every other week at an informal luncheon that interns are required to attend. At the end of the internship program, each intern will be asked to give a short presentation on their work.

Minimum Qualifications and/or Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Applicants must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Applicants must have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Applicants must be able to devote 10 weeks to full-time research in laboratory and cannot be concurrently enrolled in courses.
  • Applicants must be registered as a full time sophomore or junior in college or a university. The expectation is that they will be a rising junior or rising senior in the summer and not scheduled to graduate before December.
  • Preference will be given to students that have demonstrated previous research experience in a laboratory setting and have an interest in a future career in cancer research.

Application Process: 

Applicants will need to turn in their unofficial transcripts, along with a research statement, and two letters of recommendation submitted on the applicant's behalf by individuals that can speak to their research experience. 

Application deadline usually falls in late January or early February. 

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