The APHA, the oldest and largest association of public health professional in the world, offers internships in their Public Affairs (Communications, Government Relations, Grassroots Advocacy/Affiliate Affairs and the Nations Health) and Public Health Practice (Education and Global Health Resources, and Scientific and Professional Affairs).

An opportunity to work for students to work in Public Policy, Public Health and Communications fields along side some of the District's most progressive and leading professionals in health care programs and policies for underserved communities.

The Wells Center for Pediatric Research, a research center located at Indiana University School of Medicine, offers a summer internship opportunity for interested undergraduate and graduate students. Students who are selected for the internship are paired with individual faculty in one of the 32 laboratories at the Center. The summer research project will be defined in consultation with this faculty. This 10 week experience will focus on the goal of the Wells Center which is to improve the understanding and treatment of devastating diseases which affect children.

The National Academy for Social Insurance (NASI) has several paid internship positions for students to work with experienced professionals in this arena. Internships include: Some Aging and Long Term Care Research Internship, Nathan J. Stark Internship for Non-Profit Development, and the Washington Internship on Social Insurance.

Opportunity to intern in a wide variety of departments at the Cato Institute. Policy areas include health and entitlements reform among others. Interns assist department directors and research assistants with research and data collection. Interns fulfill such responsibilities as clerical work, delivery of studies to Capitol Hill, and setting up for Cato events, including registering guests and carrying hand-held microphones at public forums and debates.

  • Awards: Stipend for full-time internships is $700 per month paid in two monthly installments
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The Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care Value-Based Health Care Summer Research Intern position provides an accepted or currently enrolled medical student with experience working closely with leading Surgery and Perioperative Care faculty on clinical and/or health services research projects on a full-time basis over the course of an 8-12 week period.


Only one member per school may be nominated. Summer term support (a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks) for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, or social science/health services research. Funds from the fellowship are expected to be the major source of support for the student. Up to 50 fellowships may be awarded annually.

Up to 50 fellowships may be awarded annually Each will provide $5000 to the student for support of the proposed research and $1000 reimbursement for travel to a national meeting to present results.


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The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), through the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF), offers the AANS Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship (MSSRF) program. The fellowship is open to medical students in the United States or Canada who have completed one or two years of medical school and wish to spend a summer working in a neurosurgical laboratory, mentored by a neurosurgical investigator who is a member of the AANS and will sponsor the student.


The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) Medical Student Summer Fellowship allows Medical Student Summer Fellows to spend 10-12 weeks of their summer in a neuro-oncology laboratory, learning basic science research skills from experienced mentors.


Sheryl Cash, Communications Manager
American Brain Tumor Association
2720 River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018.


This fellowship is designed to expose ethnic minority medical students to a setting where they can work closely with a psychiatrist mentor. The emphasis is on clinical work with underserved minority populations and mental health care disparities. Most work settings will be inner-city or rural, preferably those dealing with psychiatric subspecialties, particularly substance abuse and geriatrics.

This one month fellowship provides $1,500 for living expenses plus travel.

  • Application Deadline: End of January
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One year. Multiple roles at the AMSA National Office, working closely with staff and national leaders to enhance educational programming initiatives throughout the organization.

The successful candidate will contribute to the strategic direction of AMSA in many ways, including holding primary responsibility for AMSA's research initiatives, developing high-quality programming for AMSA Conferences, mentoring and assisting in the management of the AMSA Intern Program and designing a successful array of external educational programming with the goal of developing knowledge and skills in areas that are not traditionally included in medical school curricula, such as physician advocacy and education reform.

The Student Summer Research Fellowship grants are modeled on NIH short-term training grants, but are awarded for research in community health and cultural competency issues, rather than laboratory work. The Foundation's goal is to provide an opportunity for students to work directly with patients and to become more compassionate, relationship-centered physicians.

The Foundation provides up to $4,000 for a ten-week project and the school is encouraged to provide at least $600 as a partial match.

The Center For Mental Health Services (CMHS) Jeanne Spurlock Clinical Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a 12-week summer program that encourages outstanding minority medical students to pursue careers in child and adolescent psychiatry. Fellowships provide exposure to state-of-the-art treatment on child and adolescent mental disorders.

Award recipients can receive up to $4,000.

Participants are required to attend the Awards Ceremony to present their clinical training experiences in a new research poster session. (Complimentary registration and travel reimbursement for the Annual Meeting are included in addition to the fellowship stipend.)

The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (RISE) Fellowship Program is a CDC-funded, ten-week summer program providing educational and professional development opportunities for fellows interested in infectious diseases, public health, mental health, maternal and child health and/or health disparities research. The overarching goal of the Ferguson RISE Fellowship is to promote diversity among future public health research leaders.

A $4,500 stipend is provided for Kennedy Krieger Institute master level graduate fellows and CDC fellows and a $5,933 stipend is provided for pre-doctoral fellows. 

This program provides students with an opportunity to conduct an oncology related research project at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Projects could include exposure to several areas of the field of oncology including: clinical oncology, pathology, chemotherapy, radiation oncology, and surgery. Students are required to attend weekly conferences and must present their projects at the end of the program.

Students are paid a weekly stipend of $600 for a minimum of six weeks or maximum of ten weeks. Reimbursement for travel and housing are offered on a case by case basis for those students from outside the greater Los Angeles area.

The Chinese American Medical Society offers funding for medical students working on summer research projects. The research can be basic science or clinical in nature but must be completed in a ten-week time frame. Preferences are given to proposals studying health problems of the Chinese.

  • Application Deadline: Early-March
  • Funding: Variable based on project
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Contact: Jerry Huo, MD, Chair

The Dr. June Jackson Christmas Medical Student Fellowship offers a chance for medical students who belong to historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to explore a career in psychiatry. The program is hosted by the Psychiatry Department at Columbia University and is a five-week experience for medical students in the summer after completing their first year of medical school.

Students will be exposed to the breadth of psychiatry with rotations through an inpatient psychiatry unit, a community outpatient clinic, a mobile crisis team, a Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), and through a consultation-liaison service.

In addition, students will be paired with mentors who will help them gain a more personalized experience and will continue to be available to them after completion of the program. The fellowship opportunity provides a $3,500 stipend for the five weeks of clinic experience.

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) offers financial support for students to spend time performing research on topics relevant to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) for a minimum of 10 weeks. CCFA hopes to stimulate research interest in the areas of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Up to sixteen fellowships of $2,500 each will be available.

This program will provide support to the student for 8 to 12 weeks of anesthesia-related research experience and is a new element of FAER's commitment to attract scientific talent to academic anesthesiology.

Stipend of $400/week for 8 weeks Institutional stipend of $1,000/per student (supplies, host institution fees, conference registrations) ASA Medical Student membership dues Travel support up to $1,000.00 for student presentation at ASA Annual Meeting is available for those interested.

The goal of the Donald A. King Summer Research Fellowship is to introduce and attract the brightest young scientists into the field of Huntington's disease (HD) research, while also helping to facilitate important research that may help us better understand HD.

These awards are given every year to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, in order to foster and support interest in lupus through basic, clinical, or psychosocial research supervised by established scientific investigators Students interested in receiving this fellowship must submit a research project to be evaluated by the Lupus Foundation of America.

The eight-week Research Fellowship matches students with Mayo Clinic investigators based on their interests. Mayo Clinic offers a comprehensive training program for patient-oriented research.

In addition to their research project, students attend a series of seminars and presentations that introduce them to clinical research methods and the Mayo General Clinical Research Center. The experience includes seminars and presentations which introduce students to clinical research methods.

Participants receive a $5,800 stipend and a $600 travel allowance.

The Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program is an eight-week research program at Memorial Sloan Kettering offered to first- and second-year medical students who are interested in a career as a physician-scientist in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences.

Participants receive a stipend, but housing is not provided.

The Rogers Fellowship is meant to enrich the educational experiences of medical and dental students through projects that bear on medicine and dentistry as social enterprises that is, as enterprises devoted to the capacity of these professions in any and all of their expressions to serve human needs particularly the needs of underserved or disadvantaged patients or populations.

The content of the Fellowship might include clinical investigation, health policy analysis, activities linking biomedicine, the social infrastructure and human need, or community activities.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) offers a one-year research training opportunity for third-year medical students through its Medical Student Research Fellowships. The fellowships typically begin in late summer or early fall.

Learn more about the fellowships and how to apply at the NIEHS website.

Contact301.496.9231 or 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sponsors a number of awards for postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S.  Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Limited graduate level awards are available.

There are four application windows throughout the year. Learn more at the National Academies website.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, osteopathic, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Md. Scholars engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project in an area that matches their personal interests and goals.

Program participants will receive an annual stipend of $36,000. Learn more about how to apply on the NIH website.

PDF’s Summer Fellowship Program is used to support students – from advanced undergraduates to graduate and medical students – in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. The goal of the Summer Fellowship is to cultivate an early interest in Fellows into the cause and possible treatments for Parkinson's disease.

10 weeks of clinical or laboratory work with an award of $4,000 to support the student's summer research, to defray tuition costs of research credits or to supplement living/housing costs. Upon completion of their project, Fellows are invited to apply for up to $1,000 in travel funds to attend a related scientific conference to present their research.

Offers medical students enrolled in accredited U.S. Medical Schools the opportunity to spend a year conducting intensive work in a biomedical research laboratory. Fellowship awardees receive an annual stipend, health insurance, moving expenses and travel allowance.

Learn more on the Sarnoff Fellowship website.

The foundation funds years three to five of a pediatric oncology research fellowship, with an opportunity for one additional year of funding. This mechanism is designed to support a Fellow’s salary and benefits only. The foundation encourages applications from institutions with fellowship programs which have not previously received St. Baldrick’s funding for this grant mechanism.

Learn more on the foundation's website.

The Endocrine Society offers Summer Research Fellowships to encourage promising undergraduate students, medical students and student's entering graduate school to pursue careers in endocrinology. The Society provides each student recipient with a $4,000 stipend to participate in research projects under the guidance of a Society member for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer.

The PhRMA Foundation provides funding for postdoctoral fellowships and research starter grant.

Learn more about how to apply on the PhRMA Foundation website.

This fellowship has been established to stimulate laboratory and clinical vascular research by undergraduate college students and medical school students registered at North American universities. Currently, a maximum of ten awards are granted annually. Students must commit a minimum of 2 months to this project, research can also be done over blocks of several months not exceeding 12 months. All students must have a sponsor who is a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery.


The Extramural Electives Compendium (EEC) contains essential information for medical students about elective opportunities at Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)-accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada.

Explore available electives on the AMSA website.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers this elective is to provide an introduction to preventive medicine, public health and the principles of applied epidemiology. Students are offered the opportunity to actively assist in epidemiologic investigations and are exposed to the day-to-day operation of CDC's nationwide surveillance system.

A multitude of opportunities in child health are available at locations throughout the world. Electives are available for 4-8 weeks and some sites include approximately 20 hours of language training.

Tuition and living expenses (excludes airfare) range from approximately $1,300 to $1,800 depending on the site. Referred to the website for exact site costs and more detailed information.

The NIH Clinical Center's Clinical Electives Program offers short term, 4- to 12-week clinically oriented rotations to both national and international, senior medical and dental students. In addition to the clinically oriented elective rotations, unique mentored specialty/subspecialty clinical research rotations are also available for combined program students (i.e., MD/PhD, DO/PhD).

The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) is an academic medical center dedicated to cancer research, patient care, and education. Hospital faculty teach medical students through electives and required courses. These courses are available to students with final year status from U.S. medical schools.

This elective, offered by the American Psychiatric Association, is designed to educate students about HIV-related psychiatric and neuropsychiatric issues. Students will travel to Washington, D.C. to attend intensive training over the course of two days.


The fellowship program is sponsored cooperatively by ASPH and CDC, to provide leadership training in addressing the international HIV/AIDS epidemic. Fellowship opportunities are available in global HIV surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, program management, and care and treatment.

The fellowship opportunities will be located at several of the Global AIDS Program field offices in sub-Sahara Africa, Southeast Asia, India or the Caribbean. Proposed sites for this cycle of the program are Angola, China, Guyana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Vietnam, and Zambia, as well as Atlanta, Georgia. Fellowship positions are for one year, with the possibility to renew for an additional year. Start dates are expected to be in summer.

Volunteers spend up to one month living with a host family and their volunteer experience culminates with a week of working at one of AYDA's camps. Campo Amigo serves to link children, adolescents, and their families together and connect them to their local diabetes association for continued support throughout the year.

A multitude of opportunities in child health are available at locations throughout the world. Electives are available for 4-8 weeks and some sites include approximately 20 hours of language training.

Tuition and living expenses (excludes airfare) range from approximately $1,300 to $1,800 depending on the site. Referred to the website for exact site costs and more detailed information.

The NMSA at U of Penn is supporting Dalit Solidarity in organizing physician and medical student volunteers. Volunteer at the Village Clinic and the Community Care Trust centers in Tamil Nadu, Villupuram, India.

Dalits Solidarity will provide room and board, transportation to and from the airport and from Village to Village by Jeep. Volunteers are responsible for airfare and other travel and must arrange for medical and life insurance coverage for the entire trip.

An international organization that provides medical missions to Costa Rica, Uganda, El Salvador, Haiti, India and more. Specific missions are tailored towards gradiate health care students such as medical students and public health students.

There is a program donation fee depending on the location of the mission and the length of stay. Volunteers must also pay for their airfare.

FSD works with over 160 international organizations, which provide a range of volunteer possibilities in micro-enterprise/microfinance, health, environment, human rights, women's empowerment, and community development. Your knowledge and interests will be matched with the organization that provides the best opportunity for you to make a contribution.

Once placed with an organization, your work will aim to support their current projects and initiatives, while learning about local development issues and solutions. Short-Term Volunteering ranges from one to eight weeks. One to three week volunteers can expect to predominantly observe and assist project work, while four to eight week volunteers can be substantially involved in the development of a project.

Program fees start at $1,150 for one week. Visit the FSD International website for more information about specific fees per country and length of experience.

Contact: 415.283.4873 or

The FSD Internship Program serves students and young professionals looking to gain international development experience and training while making a significant impact on an underserved community abroad. FSD works with over 160 international organizations, which provide a range of internship possibilities in a micro-enterprise/microfinance health environment, youth and education, women's and community development, and human rights. Internships run year round for nine to 52 weeks.

Summer internship fees vary from $2,590 to $8,270 depending on program and does not including airfare.

GHEI has three to four interns working in Humjibre at a time, with each intern focusing either on health or education. Each position carries significant responsibility, as each team member must perform well for GHEI's projects to be successful.

Interns are given free housing and a small stipend to subsidize the cost of volunteering with GHEI.

The Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI) has volunteer opportunities in community health, education, and development work in rural Ghana, West Africa for the summer.

GHEI is a grassroots, community based, NGO which trains community leaders in the village of Humjibre, Ghana to successfully manage the health and education needs of their village and run sustainable programs. Volunteers have the opportunity to work closely with these programs to better understand development work and live in a rural African village to better understand the politics of health and development in rural Africa.

This is a 16 day volunteer program and there is no program cost. Volunteers are asked to fundraise $1,800 donation for GHEI.

International volunteering (in various sites including Ghana, Honduras, and India) with ophthalmologists - assist with patient screening, distribution of eye Rx, etc.

An opportunity for students to participate on different missions in locations throughout the world.

Health-care volunteers are needed to provide basic services such as diabetes screenings, tooth extractions, well-baby checks and pre-natal exams in local clinics, village dispensaries, and in homes through outreach programs.

Dentists, nurses, physicians and medical students are also needed to perform physical check-ups, test eyesight, examine newborns, and, in some cases, perform outpatient surgeries. While the needs and the working conditions are very basic, your "hands-on" contribution can be life-changing. Our host communities often lack modern medical facilities, so volunteers should plan to bring their own instruments and medical supplies.

Volunteers pay for their own airfare and a service program fee ranging from $750 to $2,595 (USA programs start at $750 and international programs range from $1,500 to $2,595). Both are fully tax deductible to U.S. citizens. The service program fee covers each volunteerâ in-country meals, lodging, and transportation, an experienced team leader, materials for the work project and administrative expenses.

Explore the UCSF Database for Global Health Sciences Global Research Projects

A 6-12 week experience for select post-secondary students to participate in the work of UNAIDS and get experience in the many programs/studies they inititate regarding HIV/AIDS.

Grants and Awards

The Child Neurology Foundation is offering a $3,500 summer clinical research scholarship for a first- or second-year U.S. or Canadian medical student who has an interest in training as a child neurologist. The award will be made for clinical research focused in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities in children to be conducted under the direction of a child neurology/NDD subspecialist.

Annual competition for the best paper on any nontechnical subject related to medicine including ethics, history, education, philosophy, and policy. Well-referenced, scholarly fiction is an acceptable genre.

  • Cash prizes:
    • 1st place: $2000
    • 2nd place: $800
    • 3rd place: $550"
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The Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Service Leadership Project Award is given to the best project proposal that benefits the medical school or local community. 

The winning project will receive funding of up to $5,000 first year, $3,000 Second year and $1,000 third year. Funding for the second and third years will be dependent upon review by the national office of a progress report on the first year.

Award recipients receive travel expenses to the AMA Foundation Leadership Award Program and the AMA's National Advocacy Conference. Learn more on the American Medical Association website.

Kaiser Permanente offers $5,000 scholarships to fourth-year medical students who demonstrate commitment to under-served communities.

Applicants must be a third year medical student in good academic standing, interested in seeking a residency in Northern California and able to participate in a one month clerkship at a Kaiser Permanente facility in Northern California during their fourth year of medical school.

This program fosters an awareness and appreciation among healthcare professionals and scientists for research in health-related concerns of outdoor and wilderness activities.

A wide variety of research projects are acceptable for submission, including clinical investigation, laboratory (basic) science, epidemiological surveys, development of new techniques or novel application of existing techniques, improvements in equipment design or use, public information and injury prevention programs.

Up to $5,000 is available for materials, supplies, non-capital equipment (less than $500), and necessary travel related to the project.

Additional Opportunities

The MSTAR Program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. Applicants will compete for up to 130 scholarships, and students may apply to conduct their MSTAR program in one of two different tracks for 8-12 weeks. The National Training Center (NTC) Track is for students who train at a National Training Center supported by the National Institute on Aging. The Home Institution (HI) Track is for students who conduct the program at their own institution, if their school is one of the MSTAR Participating Schools.

The stipend level is approximately $1,980 per month. In some cases funds to assist with travel and living may be provided.

The POST Program is designed for undergraduate, graduate and medical students interested in pursuing a career in pediatric oncology research. POST provides an opportunity for students to train with a mentor who is conducting research in the field of pediatric oncology during the summer break. Students may join a research project underway in a mentor’s lab or begin an original investigation with the mentor. A mentor/mentee pair is a prerequisite for applying. Although the mentor and the student should work together on the application, it should be submitted by the mentor via the ALSF website. Students may train at an institution other than their own college/ graduate/ medical school. 

The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) invites first, second, third and fourth-year medical students of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American or Native American descent who are interested in learning more about dermatology as a medical specialty to participate in this program. The selected students will spend one-month working and studying with a dermatology mentor of their choice.

The AADA sponsors approximately 30 awards for medical student mentor service. The awards are $1,000 per student, plus $500 for qualified travel expense related to the mentor experience.

The Minority Medical Student Award Program is an 8- to 12-week research experience for students in their early medical school years. In addition, those who complete the initial research experience will have the option of applying for an additional hematology research experience in a subsequent year of medical school. Up to ten participants will be selected each year. Minority medical students enrolled in either DO, MD, or MD/PhD programs are eligible. Support is offered for a research experience early in DO, MD, or MD/PhD training to allow for an additional research experience that would be supported later in the medical or MD/PhD training. Although students can participate in more than one research experience, this is in no way a requirement.

A stipend of $5,000 and travel allowance of $1,000 for attending the ASH annual meeting, plus $1,000 allowance for presenting at the meeting.

A full-time clinical or research mentorship with an established rheumatology professional; students can choose a four- or eight-week clinical preceptorship or an eight-week research preceptorship.

  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1
  • Awards/Funding: $2,000-$4,000 plus complimentary registration and up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting
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ACR Research and Education Foundation
2200 Lake Boulevard NE
Atlanta, GA 30319.
Phone: 404.633.3777

The purpose of this program is to advance women in medicine and improve women's health. They achieve this by providing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise and mentoring. Awards, Scholarships and other opportunities are available through the AMWA.

Medical Summer Student Clinical Externship (MSSCE)

MSSCE has been developed for medical students with a strong desire for clinical experience in the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) and who are eagerly seeking opportunities to see patients. This program aims to provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient clinical exposure and to allow students to explore the human side of patient care through an eight-week summer externship. Students are responsible for identifying their own mentors from a list of approved sponsor sites listed on the AAP website.

  • Application Deadline: Early-January
  • Awards/Funding: $4,000 stipend
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Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS)

This program will provide an exciting and structured research experience while exposing the medical student to some of the most successful and respected faculty mentors in the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R). The RREMS will entail a minimum of an eight-week summer externship following the first year of medical school.

  • Application Deadline: Early-January
  • Awards/Funding: $4,000 stipend
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This is a year-round camp in Eustis, Florida for young children with life-threatening illnesses. According to the camp's website, more than 1,800 volunteers help out every year.

Teach and mentor high school students in topics including natural science, biotechnology and medical and science research through the Emory University School of Medicine's Summer Science Academy.

This website provides a description of the available electives at the different Mayo Clinic locations: Arizona, Minnesota, Florida. A clerkship is 4 weeks in length, begins on a Monday and ends on a Friday.