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Summer Externship Opportunities


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Summer Externship Program

Students are offered the opportunity to apply to a summer externship program held at various local hospitals and clinics. This summer program lasts approximately six weeks and allows students to rotate through a variety of medical specializations, such as family practice, internal medicine, general surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, emergency medicine and research opportunities (these areas vary depending on the externship site).

The program is quite flexible, considering the interest of the individual student involved. The program carries a stipend for the majority of the externship opportunities. Applications will be solicited during the winter quarter and reviewed by the Student Externship and Clinical Research Committee.

The committee normally makes its selections at the beginning of the spring quarter of each year. Please note that a student must be in good academic standing to participate in the program. Students should be aware that, in order to participate in the Summer Externship Program, you must be in good academic standing and enrolled in MDCL 290 in order to be covered by the university’s liability insurance.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Summer Externship Opportunities

The list of summer externship external opportunities is curated by the UCR SOM Office of Student Affairs. These opportunities are not sponsored by OSA. For information or to report broken links, please contact our staff.

  • American Academy of Neurologists Medical Student Summer Research Program
    The scholarship program offers members of SIGN a summer stipend of $3,000 to conduct a project in either an institutional, clinical, or laboratory setting where there are ongoing programs of research, service training, or a private practice.

    Application Deadline: November 30, 2016
  • American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Summer Intern Scholarship Program
    The Summer Intern Scholarship program was established in 2007 to introduce the field of cardiothoracic surgery to first and second year medical students in a North American medical school with the goal of broadening their educational experience by providing an opportunity to spend eight weeks during the summer (June through September) working in an AATS member's, cardiothoracic surgery department. The scholarship is funded and administered by the AATS Graham Foundation and provides a grant of $2,500 to the successful applicants for their living expenses during the eight weeks of training at the selected host institution.

    Application Deadline: December 30, 2016
  • American Gastroenterological Association Investing in the Future (IITF) Student Research Fellowship
    This fellowship provides 10 awards at $5,000 for underrepresented minority undergraduate and medical school students to perform eight to 10 weeks of research related to digestive diseases or nutrition. Highly qualified students will travel out of state to work with top investigators in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology. The award amount includes housing, travel and a stipend.

    Application Deadline: February 3, 2017
  • American Parkinson Disease Association Medical Students Summer Fellowship
    In 2016, APDA and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) partnered to expand their existing Summer Student Fellowships Programs, which supports students – from advanced undergraduates to medical students – in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. The goal of the APDA-PDF Summer Student Fellowships is to cultivate students' early interest in helping to solve, treat and end Parkinson's and providing the tools they need to transition into leaders in the field.

    Application Deadline: January 23, 2017
  • American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award Program
    The ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) is your chance to learn about the field of hematology, gain first-hand research experience, and get valuable guidance from both a research and career development mentor. Summer research experience for minority medical students between their first and second year of medical school, to be conducted during the summer break with a laboratory- or clinically-based hematology investigator.

    Mentor Deadline: December 15, 2017
    Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney TREKS
    Kidney TREKS (Tutored Research and Education for Kidney Scholars), an initiative established by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), is designed to foster interest in careers in nephrology and research through a week-long research course retreat and long-term mentorship program.

    Application Deadline: January 20, 2017
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists - Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS)
    The Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) and the Foundation for PM&R are excited to offer the annual Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS). This program has been developed for first year medical students with strong research interests.The program provides an exciting and structured research experience while exposing students to some of the most successful and respected faculty mentors in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R).

    Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Cancer In Under-Priveged, Indigent, or Disadvantaged (CUPID) Summer Translational Oncology Program
    Students from academic institutions other than the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will receive a $5,000 stipend, to be paid in four installments. (Johns Hopkins students who are selected are required to apply for an internal stipend).

    Application Deadline: *released in December
  • Children's Hospital Colorado Summer Child Health Research Internship
    Any student who will have completed his/her first year at an accredited U.S. medical school by June 2017 may apply. It is anticipated that ten (10) students will be selected for this year’s class.

    Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles-USC Summer Oncology Fellowship
    Students actively participate in clinical or laboratory research studies during their fellowship, and some have authored or co-authored peer reviewed publications as well as presented their work at major national and international scientific meetings. Many have gone on to academic medical careers.

    Application Deadline: December 19, 2016
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Louisville Summer Student Researcher
    Every year the section of colon & rectal surgery selects six outstanding summer student researchers with an interest in medicine. The students pursue the challenges of scientific inquiry and discovery. The six summer student research positions are open to medical students (first year). We provide a stipend $3,000

    Application Deadline: March 15, 2017
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons/CNS Medical Student Fellowship in Socioeconomic Research
    The CSNS/CNS Medical Student Socioeconomic Fellowship supports a medical student conducting research on a socioeconomic issue impacting neurosurgical practice. It is funded and overseen by the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies and administered through the Fellowship Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

    Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Student Research Fellowship
    This program offers financial support for students to spend time performing research on topics relevant to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), or Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, for a minimum of 10 weeks. CCFA hopes to stimulate research interest in the area of IBD.

    Application Deadline: March 15, 2017
  • Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva
    We prepare graduate and professional students from around the world to tackle the world’s most pressing policy challenges. Through summer internships and an intensive, one-week course, our fellows gain unparalleled access to UN agencies and other leading Geneva-based institutions.

    Application Deadline: November 14, 2016
  • Endocrine Society Summer Research Fellowships
    The Endocrine Society offers Summer Research Fellowships to encourage promising undergraduate students, medical students, and first year graduate school students to pursue careers in endocrinology. The society provides a stipend to each award recipient to participate in research projects under the guidance of a society member for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer. After the summer fellowship, recipients are invited to attend ENDO 2018, the Society's Annual meeting & expo and will receive complimentary registration, airfare and lodging, and per diem for the duration of the meeting.

    Application Deadline: December 8, 2016
  • ENLACE Language & Cultural Immersion Program in Nicaragua">
    The ENLACE Language & Cultural Immersion: Nicaragua experience offers IUSM students between the MS1 and MS2 year an intensive summer immersion experience focused on speaking Spanish better and improving cultural competency and understanding. In addition, there is exposure to primary and community health care systems in a developing country.

    Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
  • Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship Program
    FAER’s Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowships provide funding to support medical students over a summer or a year in focusing on anesthesiology research, training in scientific methods and techniques, and learning how to incorporate research into a medical career.

    Application Deadline: January 31, 2017
  • Graduate Experience for Multicultural Students (GEMS) For Professional Students
    The GEMS-HP program is designed to provide summer research opportunities to students who are currently enrolled in a health professional programs including medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, physicians assistant and public health. Students must already be in their health professional program during the summer that they participate in GEMS-HP.

    Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
  • Health Innovations Scholars Program (HISP)
    The Young Hospitalist Academy (YHA) is an intensive training program for medical students at any level who seek to lead innovative transformation of American healthcare. Though advances in science, technology, and models of collaboration promise continued discovery and improvement in human health, the care systems designed to bring benefits to patients do not live up to their potential

    Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
  • Infectious Disease Society of America (ISDA) Medical Scholars Program
    An important part of IDSA’s mission is to promote the subspecialty of infectious diseases by attracting the best and brightest medical students to the field. To further this goal, the IDSA Education and Research Foundation offers scholarships to medical students in U.S. and Canadian medical schools with mentorship by an IDSA member or fellow. It is the responsibility of IDSA members and fellows to identify and solicit interested students.

    Application Deadline: February 16, 2017
  • InterHealth South American Summer Global Health Programs in Ecuador
    Interhealth South America has been coordinating study and service programs in Ecuador for North American health professions students and resident physicians since 1999. The program encompasses direct patient care, as well as an onsite introduction to Ecuadorian and South American primary, community, and public health services.

    Application Deadline: April 15, 2017
  • Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology Summer Research Program at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
    The Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) Summer Research Program offers undergraduate and medical students an excellent introduction to current radiological sciences research. This is a 10-week program based on approximately 40 hours per week; you may start anytime between May 25 and June 8.

    Application Deadline: April 15, 2017
  • Mayan Medical Aid Medical Spanish Programs
    "Mayan Medical Aid's educational programs are without equal. They do what no other programs can. They combine clinical experience with both lectures and the chance to provide medical care to 14,000 truly needy, indigenous Guatemalans."

    Application Deadline: Ongoing
  • Ongoing Mayo Clinic Summer Research Fellowship
    The Summer Research Fellowship was created to address the need for clinical investigators from diverse backgrounds. Health needs of U.S. minority populations have been studied inadequately, due in part to the shortage of clinical investigators belonging to underrepresented groups.

    Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center First Year Medical Student Program
    The First Year Medical Student program is a 10-week research program specifically designed for medical students who are interested in hands-on biomedical, translational or clinical research and have completed their first year of medical school.

    Application Deadline: January 17, 2017
  • Medical Student Summer Clinical Externship (MSSCE)
    The Medical Student Summer Clinical Externship (MSSCE) program 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. The 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 and the psychosocial environments their patients face.

    Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR)
    Administered by AFAR and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the MSTAR program encourages medical students--particularly budding researchers--to consider a career in academic geriatrics by awarding short-term scholarships. MSTAR celebrates its 23rd year in 2017.

    Application Deadline: January 27, 2017
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Injury Research and Policy Medical Student Injury Research Training Program
    Each summer, the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) hosts the National Medical Student Injury Research Training Program. The goal of this program is to provide research training to future physician-investigators while introducing them to the field of injury research and prevention.

    Application Deadline: February 8, 2017
  • NIH Clinical Summer Internships
    Each summer, the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) hosts the National Medical Student Injury Research Training Program. The goal of this program is to provide research training to future physician-investigators while introducing them to the field of injury research and prevention.

    Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
  • Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program
    The Pediatric Oncology Education program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is funded by the National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute. The POE program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, or public health to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. The POE program provides a short-term training experience (internship) in either laboratory research or clinical research.

    Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Radiological Society of North America Research Medical Student Grant
    To increase the opportunities for medical students to have a research experience in medical imaging and to encourage them to consider academic radiology as an important option for their future. Recipients will gain experience in defining objectives, developing research skills and testing hypotheses before making their final choices for residency training programs. Students are expected to undertake a research project requiring full time efforts for at least 10 weeks under the guidance of a scientific advisor during personal/vacation time or during a research elective approved by their medical school.

    Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Reading Hospital Student Summer Training Program
    Reading Hospital is offering 6-week internships in our Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology and Infectious Disease Departments. We have seven internships available -- two interns will be based in internal medicine, family medicine, and obstetrics gynecology and will spend half of their time in research and half as clinical observers; one intern will spend the majority of time in Infectious Disease research, but will also participate in didactic sessions. If you have a preference, please specify in your personal statement.

    Application Deadline: March 10, 2017
  • Roswell Park Summer Research Internship Programs in Cancer Science
    This is a 10-week summer program operated as a partnership between Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo. It features mentored research internships in microbiology, immunology and infectious disease both at the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

    Application Deadline: January 10, 2017
  • Society for Vascular Surgery Student Research Fellowship
    The SVS Foundation Student Research Fellowship stimulates laboratory and clinical vascular research by undergraduate college students and medical school students registered at universities in the United States and Canada.

    Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Summer Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Scholar Grants
    The HIV Vaccine Trials Network, in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is investing in the next generation of HIV prevention researchers by providing African American and Latino/a medical students with opportunities to conduct independent research while receiving mentoring, project and salary funding, training, and professional development opportunities.

    Application Deadline: January 4, 2017
  • Urology Care Foundation Herbert Brendler, MD, Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program
    The Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program is a chance for outstanding medical students to pursue urology research by engaging them in summer research fellowships alongside world-class urologic scientists. Awardees receive $4,000 stipends to support them during a ten-week mentored research experience. These awards are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Herbert Brendler, M.D. Research Fund, Arkansas Urologic Society and Florida Urological Society, as well as the Urology Care Foundation, the official foundation of the AUA.

    Application Deadline: January 12, 2017
  • Vanderbilt University Student Research Training Program (SRTP) in Diabetes and Obesity, Kidney Disease and Digestive Disease
    The Vanderbilt Student Research Training Program (SRTP) is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, or digestive disease at Vanderbilt during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school.

    Application Deadline: February 8, 2017

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