Summer 2021 Pre-Health Internship & Program Opportunities

Claire Cornell

Participating in a summer program is a great way to learn more about interested health careers, gain exposure to clinical and research opportunities, and have an enriching, hands-on experience. Many of these programs will have more information about their dates and application process in January 2021 - many programs are still evaluating how they will be run due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Don't forget to check the resources at the bottom of this post for even more opportunities.







CSPM Summer Immersion Program A three-day podiatry workshop that provides participants with an opportunity to explore the profession of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. TBD California School of Podiatric Medicine TBD Podiatry
Discover Dental School: Summer Scholars' Program This intensive introductory course is designed for pre-dental undergraduate college students and students considering the dental profession. Participating students will gain valuable hands-on experience and will discover what the preclinical courses of dental school are truly like. With the assistance of faculty and current students, this 5-day course will help to enlighten you and confirm your interest in dentistry. TBD Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine (NY) TBD Dentistry
Duke DPT Summer Discovery Program The Summer Discovery Program is designed to expose undergraduate students to the profession of physical therapy and to the Duke DPT experience. TBD Duke University Announced January 1, 2021 Physical Therapy
EVMS Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Students chosen for the program will conduct a pre-selected research project, from start to finish, and present their project outcomes to the scientific community. Students are listed as co-investigators on their projects which are frequently published and presented on the national level. Formal classroom training and personalized application in research design, implementation, and publication make this summer experience a must for anyone considering a career in research. TBD Eastern Virginia Medical School TBD Medicine, Research
Gateway to Dentristy This is an intensive internship based at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in Newark, New Jersey. Gateway to Dentistry is a 2-week interactive program that affords each participant a birds-eye exposure to the various aspects of the practice of dentist May 26- June 4, 2021 Rutgers School of Dental Medicine January 15, 2021 Dentistry
GW Summer Immersion Program The Dept of Biomedical Laboratoy Sciences seeks 1st and 2nd year students who have limited laboratory experience to the skills necessary to pursue careers in biomedical sciences!  July 2021 George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences May 31, 2021 All
ICO Focus on Your Future Summer Program A week-long summer program that introduces ICO and the profession of optometry to underrepresented minority undergraduates. Participants meet ICO staff, faculty, students and alumni, see our facilities, and get to know Chicago. TBD July 2021 Illinois College of Optometry March 31, 2021 Optometry
Laney Graduate School's Summer Opportunity for Academic Research (LGS-SOAR)

During the 10-week residential summer program, research fellows conduct full-time research and are mentored by their Faculty Mentor or Principal Investigator and teams of postdocs, research technicians, graduate students and other undergraduates. Our SOAR researchers receive a housing award for residence on the Emory campus and a stipend to support their full-time attention to research training and professional development.

TBD Emory University TBD Medicine, Research
Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement - Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP) The MCHC/RISE-UP Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health leadership training in the area of maternal and child health focusing on social determinants of health, elimination of health disparities, and developmental disabilities June  - July 2021 Kennedy Krieger Institute/John Hopkins University January 31, 2021 Public Health
Medical Scientist Training Program The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) – Summer Research Program offers undergraduate students with interests in pursuing MD/PhD dual degree training an opportunity to conduct summer research in the lab of a physician-scientist at Vanderbilt. In addition to gaining valuable research experience, students will participate in a variety of formal and informal mentoring activities and will gain clinical shadowing experience. June  - July 2021 Vanderbilt University February 1, 2021 Medicine (MD/PhD)
Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program  Participants will complete a research project under the directorship of a research mentor and also directly observe clinical patient care while spending time with residents and attending physicians. June 7 - Aug 6, 2021 Vanderbilt University February 1, 2021 Medicine
MSU Brush Summer Research Program The Brush Summer Research Program provides hands-on research exposure for underrepresented undergraduate and veterinary students.  May 17 - August 6, 2021 Michigan State University College of Medicine March 8, 2021 Veterinary, Medicine, Research
Ohio University Summer Scholars Twenty-two applicants are selected each year to participate in this rigorous five-week program designed to give you an intensive and realistic introduction to the first-year curriculum at the Heritage College. In addition to traditional medical school curricula taught by medical college faculty, graduate students and upper-class medical students, the program focuses on case-based problem solving and small-group/team work. You’ll also benefit from special lectures, clinical experiences, and study and time management skill sessions in addition to workshops on cultural competency and research methods. June 3 - July 2, 2021 Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine February 1, 2021 Medicine
Pharmacological Science Summer Diversity Program (PSSDP) The Pharmacological Sciences Summer Diversity Program (“PSSDP” or “the Program”) provides research opportunities for talented undergraduate students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds to perform hands-on research in the basic biological and physical sciences, in the broadly defined areas of drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, cellular pharmacology, molecular pharmacology, and biophysical virology. TBD University of Washington TBD Pharmacy (PharmD/PhD)
Pharmacy Summer Institute The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) Pharmacy Summer Institute is an enrichment program providing information about the challenging career pathway opportunities in the profession of pharmacy and exposure to the fields of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences to interested and motivated high school and college students. July 12- 14, 2021 University at Buffalo Opens January 2021 Pharmacy
Pre-Dentistry Internship Program Join a top-rated dentist in Haymarket, VA!  Starts June 1st Awesome Smiles Dental Center March 30th Dental
Project Healthcare Volunteer As a member of Project Healthcare students are given the unique opportunity to play an active role in patient care in one of NYU’s active emergency departments. Through hands on experience, in one of New York City’s active emergency departments, our volunteers are able to explore a diverse array of interests and are exposed to the reality of a career in medicine. TBD NYU School of Medicine TBD All
Rockefeller University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

For college sophomore and juniors, spend 10 weeks in a Rockefeller University laboratory to fully experience the world of scientific research! SURF students receive a stipend and free housing to those who cannot commute!

June - August 2021 Rockefeller University February 1, 2021  
Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) The STEP-UP Program is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The overall goal of STEP-UP is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK’s core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases. June 2021 TBD National Institute of Health February 1, 2021 Research
SPIN Program We seek to train students traditionally under-represented in STEM careers, first-generation college students, students without extensive neuroscience research opportunities at their home institutions, and students with Ph.D. focused career aspirations. If you are an undergraduate student seeking neuroscience research experience to test whether graduate education and a career in research is a career path for you. June 7 - July 30, 2021 University of Alabama at Birmingham February 15, 2021 Medicine, Research
Stanford CARE Summer Research Immersion The Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE)  offering an immersive, online 8-week summer immersion in Data Science and Vulnerable Populations for undergraduate and graduate students, with a focus in Asian Health. This exceptional program leverages the unique aspects of Stanford’s world-class research, technology, and medical infrastructure to train learners to become superb population science researchers. May - July 2021 Stanford February 5, 2021 Research
Summer Diabetes Research Internship The main components of this paid internship are an independent research project with a mentor, faculty lectures about diabetes, journal club, professional development, laboratory workshops, and clinical/OR shadowing.  It’s truly a unique opportunity for undergraduate students interested in pursuing medicine and/or research. Summer 2020 University of Virginia School of Medicine February 15, 2021 Research
Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) SHPEP is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools Varies Varies (12 Universities) February 5, 2021

Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Podiatry

Summer Internship Program The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides experience in research laboratories to students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities that have completed one - two or more years of college. The purpose of this exposure to biomedical and/or public health research is to encourage students to consider careers in science, medicine and public health. May 30 - August 7, 2021 Johns Hopkins University February 1, 2021 Medicine, Research
Summer Medical Leadership Program SMLP exposes participants to the “real world of medicine” to prepare them not only for admission to medical school but to assume future leadership positions in medicine/biomedical field. TBD University of Virginia School of Medicine TBD Medicine
Summer Student Training and Research (STAR) Program The Summer STAR Program is designed to provide biomedical research experience for undergraduate students with a sincere desire to pursue a graduate education in biomedical sciences. TBD Augusta University The Graduate School TBD Research
Summer Program in Neuroscience (SPIN)

SPIN '19 is an on-site, 8-week intensive program in neuroscience offered by the Departments of Neurosurgery, and Anatomy & Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine. SPIN offers classroom instruction in neuroanatomy, hands-on research experience in a neuroscience lab, and clinical exposure in both the neurosurgery clinic and operating room.

TBD Boston University School of Medicine TBD Medicine, Research
Summer Training as Research Scholars Program STaRS is a dynamic and focused program that is designed to promote access to graduate education for traditionally underrepresented students in science and medicine. STaRS provides scholars with the opportunity to participate in research and enhances skills required for successful entrance and completion of a graduate program or an MD/PhD program in the biomedical sciences. TBD Boston University Graduate Medical Sciences February 1, 2021 Medicine, Research
Summer Pharmacy Institute

The Summer Pharmacy Institute (SPI) allows students to explore different areas of the pharmacy profession, including a full day workshop devoted to current trends, research, and activities in each of the following focus areas: Hospital, Ambulatory Care, Industry/Research & Development, Community, and Professionalism in the Field.  SPI attendees are typically on site from 9-4 PM each day.  The last day of the institute is a half-day and will conclude by 1:00 PM.

Session I: June 14 - 17, 2021

Session II: August 2 - 5, 2021

University of Illinois-Chicago College of Pharmacy Rolling Admissions until April 30, 201 Pharmacy
Summer Undergraduate Mentorship Program (SUMP)   SUMP of the Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein) is a six-week program that offers students from underrepresented groups in medicine and/or economically disadvantaged background a unique opportunity to become exposed to the realities and options within the medical profession through a “shadowing” experience with a physician mentor TBD Albert Einstein College of Medicine TBD Medicine
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine Summer Internship Program TUSPM offers a free eight-day summer internship program (SIP) in June for undergraduate students. Interns attend workshops and seminars on podiatric medicine, as well as shadow and work with podiatric physicians in hospital, private practice, and outpatient clinic settings. A TUSPM student doctor will also work with interns on a case presentation. June 11 - 18, 2021 Temple University April 23, 2021 Podiatry
UC Davis Summer Enrichment Program The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) began over 25 years ago and has welcomed college students around the world. It is designed to provide disadvantaged students with activities that will enhance their preparation to veterinary school. TBD UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Opens in January 2021 Veterinary Medicine
UCLA Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Enrichment Program (UCLA PREP) UCLA PREP is a non-residential program designed to provide premedical and predental 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.  June 15 - July 9, 2021 University of California, Los Angeles

Round 1: Feb 11, 2021

Round 2: April 8, 2021

Medicine, Dentistry
UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program The UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program is an 8 week full-time program that provides undergraduate students the opportunity to address health disparities and explore public health through hands-on training, workshops, and leadership and professional development. There is no GPA requirement and students will receive a $3,000 stipend, housing, some meals, metro pass, and travel from the program. June 20 - August 13, 2021 University of California, Los Angeles January 31, 2021 Public Health
University of Michigan UM-SMART Summer Undergrad Research Program

This program is designed for students interested in pursuing a combined MD/PhD degree leading to a career in academic medicine as a physician scientist! Work full-time with a faculty member for 10 weeks while receiving a stipend, housing, and meal allowance!

May 24 - August 1, 2021 University of Michigan February 1, 2021 MD/PhD
University of Michigan Summer Enrichment Program in Health Management and Policy UM SEP is an 8-week comprehensive experience for undergraduate students who are committed to eliminating health inequalities. One of the goals of the UM SEP is to motivate its alumni to pursue a masters degree in public health, especially in health management and policy. This program provides students with work experience, GRE courses, graduate level lectures, site visits to health organizations, community outreach projects, and networking opportunities TBD University of Michigan January 29, 2021 Public Health
VetTRAC Summer Program VetTRAC aims to teach, inspire, mentor, engage, excite, and enlighten students from underrepresented populations with respect to the field of veterinary medicine to promote diversity and inclusion within the VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine and the veterinary profession. TBD Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine TBD Veterinary Medicine
VCU Allied Health Career Exploration (AHCE)

AHCE is a two-week summer for students interested in any of the health career programs offered by the VCU College of Health Professions. Students participate in workshops on current health care topics, interviewing skills, resume development and much more. Apply now!

June 14 - 25, 2021 Virginia Commonwealth University

Early decision: Feb 1, 2021

Regular: April 1, 2021

VCU Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP)

This summer program offers the opportunity to simulate the first year of Dentistry, Medical, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy Schools incorporating academic course, case studies, presentations, socials, and community service. Its six weeks of rigorous intensive work, clinical experience, community service, fun, and preparation for your respective application season. This program is for Juniors, Seniors, and Post-Bacc students.

May 25 - July 2, 2021 Virginia Commonwealth University

Early decision: Feb 1, 2021

Regular: March 15, 2021

Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, PT
Camp Sweeney Over a course of a summer, Camp Sweeney Counselors learn the ins and outs of diabetes (testing blood sugar, dosing and administering insulin injections, etc.) and gain an understanding of what caring for individuals with a chronic disease is like. Counselors amass over 1000 clinical hours and have tons of fun while doing it. Sessions range between: June 6 - August 5, 2021 Gainesville, Texas


Contact for more information on the application process

Medicine, Pharmacy, PA, PT, OT
Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Program (NSURP) Nemours clinical and research faculty will guide students through the process of formulating and testing hypotheses, interpreting data, & communicating results, while working on active research projects. Students will engage in student-focused seminar series, undergraduate journal club, and multiple opportunities for shadowing and other educational opportunities. June 1 - August 6, 2021

Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Wilmington, DE

January 15, 2021 Medicine, Research


Looking for more options? Check out these additional resources!

National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions: Summer Research Opportunities

American Association of Medical Colleges: Summer Enrichment & Pipeline Programs

National Science Foundation: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites

UVA Office of Undergraduate Research: Research Opportunities

RIT: List of Co-Op/Internships and Summer Research Opportunities Search for jobs, internships, & volunteer positions in an array of focus areas