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Use this tool to find the opportunities HPA includes in the Events & Opportunities newsletter. Opportunities are organized alphabetically, and you can filter by opportunity type. If you'd like more information about different types of experiences visit the Types of Experiences section of this site. To find resources to find or create experiences, visit the Experience-Finding Resources section of the site.

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AAMC Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

AAMC's ongoing list of undergraduate student research opportunities hosted by universities and medical institutions throughout the United States. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Med

Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS)

An annual event held each spring that allows undergraduates from 6 leading Chicago area universities - University of Chicago, Loyola University, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois at Chicago - to present their research results in a professional setting.

  • Tracks: All
  • Location: Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Start: April 2021

Dental Paid Internship

Opportunity is for a candidate to shadow the dentist and learn the role of a dental assistant. The days needed are Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-5. Many past candidates are either in dental school or have graduated from dental school.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn all aspects of the general dental office and to receive a letter of recommendation as warranted.

This is a paid position.

Questions or to learn more please contact Michael Johnson DDS at 773-354-3497  or



  • Tracks: Pre-Dental
  • Location: Evanston, IL
  • Position Type: Job
  • Start: Flexible
  • Contact: Michael Johnson DDS at 773-354-3497  or

Hands of Hope with Casa de Esperanza

Casa de Esperanza seeks applicants for the Hands of Hope Service Year Program, a gap year opportunity for pre-med/pre-health students.  Casa de Esperanza provides residential foster care to children ages birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. For a complete description, visit the Hands of Hope program website. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Public Health
  • Position Type: Paid Internship
  • Contact: Darean Talmade 

Masters in Medical Sciences (MAMS) Program

MAMS is a 9-month master’s program involving rigorous graduate level course work in biology, medical school application advising, assistance in securing an externship in a hospital or clinic and a guaranteed admissions interview at Stritch School of Medicine (for those who qualify). 95% of MAMS alumni gain admission to a US medical school.

  • Tracks: Pre-Med

MCAT Tutor Position

MedSchoolCoach, the nation’s leader in MCAT preparation, is actively seeking tutor candidates! We are looking for individuals who are bright, dynamic and engaging, preferably with teaching or tutoring experience (TA experience is great!). Candidates must have taken the MCAT within the past 3 years, and achieved a score of 130 or higher in at least two sections of the exam. Our pay is very competitive ($45.00 per hour, with opportunities for raises and bonuses) and scheduling is flexible. This is a fantastic job for students looking to earn some extra money while doing something rewarding and fun.

Medical Missionaries Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Global Health

Offers two recent college graduates planning on entering medical school the opportunity to gain experience in health care delivery in a developing country. Applications are accepted annually.

Medical Missionaries Volunteering

A non-profit, non-religiously affiliated organization dedicated to providing health care to under-served communities worldwide regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Dental
  • Location: Various
  • Position Type: Volunteer
  • Start: Opportunities available on an ongoing basis
  • Contact:, (703)335-1800

Medical Student Pride Alliance Internship

Medical Student Pride Alliance (MSPA) is seeking a pre-med intern to help continue work on the LGBTQ+ Equity Report Card. This project aims to assess equity and inclusion of LGBTQ+ students at various medical schools. This role will involve data collection, data analysis, and creating a summary report and requires a minimum commitment of 1 year. The ideal candidate is passionate about LGBTQ+ inclusion and representation in medicine and is comfortable working with remote teams. Please fill out the National Leadership Team Application if interested.

Northwestern Undergraduate Research Journal (NURJ)

Northwestern research journal is dedicated to the publication of original undergraduate research in all disciplines, including the sciences and social sciences.

  • Tracks: All
  • Start: Taking submissions on an ongoing basis

Northwestern University Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program (NU-MHRT)

The Northwestern University Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program (NU-MHRT), directed by Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation, provides health disparities research training experiences to minority and other underrepresented students and trainees at the undergraduate through postdoctoral levels in order to prepare and enhance the next generation of scientists committed to research for improving minority health and reducing health disparities.

Trainees can focus their research and skill development in any aspect of interest that advances health equity, including but not limited to basic, translational, clinical, and population science. Research theme areas can include women’s health, cancer, health care quality and patient-centered outcomes (PCOR), chronic diseases, global health, mental health, etc.

This full-time training program is available for the following trainee levels:

  • Undergraduate (Juniors and seniors working towards a bachelor's degree)
  • Post-baccalaureate (individuals with a bachelor’s degree; can include people with or working toward a master's degree)
  • Predoctoral Scholars
  • Postdoctoral Scholars
Visit the NU-MHRT website to learn more about program eligibility, duration, anticipated deliverables, monthly stipends, exclusions, and application requirements for each of these trainee levels. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Public Health, Other Pre-Health Track
  • Start: Applications are accepted annually.
  • Contact: Samantha Alonis: 

Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Program

The IRTA program provides opportunities for recent college graduates to spend a year engaged in biomedical research at the NIH. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

  • Tracks: All
  • Location: Various U.S. cities
  • Start: No fixed start date

Research Assistants and Clinical Research Assistants Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York

Research Assistant positions will be available at the Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York (Tisch MSRCNY) starting the summer of 2022. Tisch MSRCNY is an independent research center in New York City under the direction of Saud A. Sadiq, MD. The mission of Tisch MSRCNY is to find the cause and cure for multiple sclerosis through a multidisciplinary approach incorporating the fields of immunology, molecular biology, stem cell biology, neuroscience, and clinical translational research. The Tisch MSRCNY is closely affiliated with the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice, creating a unique environment designed to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery.

Open positions include (1) Laboratory Research Assistant and (2) Clinical Research Assistant. Ideal candidates for this educational opportunity are students who have recently completed their undergraduate education and seek a rewarding experience in a biomedical research program before attending graduate or medical school. Research Assistants work under the direct supervision of a principal investigator.

All research positions are full-time and in-person, not remote. Tisch MSRCNY follows strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of all staff. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. If interested, please send a cover letter, CV (must include your GPA), and the names of three references to Please specify “Research Assistant Application” in the e-mail.

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Physical Therapy, Other Pre-Health Track
  • Location: New York City
  • Position Type: Job
  • Start: Summer 2022
  • Contact:

Research Technician at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Research Technician at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School


We are seeking a Research Technician to join our team at MGH in the Pathology and Radiology Departments. We are investigating the correlation of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging (MRS/MRI) with histopathology to develop less-invasive diagnostic tools for many different types of diseases, including cancers and neurological disease such as Alzheimer’s. Additional projects include nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analysis of biofluid samples and mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) of tissue samples from patients and animal models. This position is perfect for a recent graduate looking to bolster his or her résumé in order to apply to medical or graduate school in 1 or 2 years.


The Research Technician will be an integral member of the team and make important contributions on a variety of research activities, including:


1-) Collect tissue samples and conduct MRS/MRI analysis of ex vivo tissue samples

2-) Conduct NMR analysis of urine and cell media samples

3-) Perform histopathological analysis on analyzed tissue

4-) Assist faculty with grant writing, grant reviews, and manuscript writing

5-) Work with our biostatistician to perform data analysis

6-) Process raw data to create analyzable spectra

7-) Review pathology reports and medical records from subjects to correlate with pathological and radiological findings

8-) Maintain regular communication with collaborators and work with them on sample collection, delivery, and analysis

9-) Perform administrative duties such as ordering supplies, faxing, filing, IRB submission, and lab equipment maintenance scheduling

10-) Assist visiting medical students with research and administrative processes


We are looking for an independent, self-motivated, and energetic individual looking to conduct stimulating research. The ideal person would possess excellent writing and grammar skills, a background in laboratory science, and a personable demeanor. The RT will learn about exciting new areas of research while playing an important role in these research projects. The ideal candidate will have a BA or BS; prior research experience is a plus but not required. We are happy to train the right person for the position. Salary is quite competitive, and the MGH/ Harvard reputation is self-evident.

  • Tracks: Pre-Med
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Position Type: Job
  • Start: Summer 2022
  • Contact: Please submit a cover letter and resume to:Dr. Leo L.

Scribe America Part-time & Full-time Positions

The central role of the Medical Scribe is to relieve the physician of clerical or secretarial duties; thus, allowing the physician to focus more directly on clinical care. The scribe observes the physician during patient encounters and performs documentation on the physician’s behalf. Under the direction of the physician, they enter information into the patient’s electronic or written chart. At the physician’s request, the scribe must be able to locate past medical records, prior lab/radiology results, or past visit histories for the physician to review. Additionally, within the EMR itself the scribe needs the ability to enter data into the chart on the physician’s behalf. All scribe-entered data is reviewed and authenticated by the physician. 

-Must have a high school diploma or GED. Experience in the medical field is preferred
-Computer and typing skills are required 
-Familiarity with medical knowledge preferred 
-A responsible and mature individual with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Position type: Entry-level. Part-Time, typically 2-3 shifts per week. Full-time, 4-5 shifts per week. Average shift is between 8-12 hours. Hours will vary depending on location and specialty.
Visit the ScribeAmerica website to view open positions in your area. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Med
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Position Type: Job
  • Start: No fixed start date

Somos Hermanos Gap Year Programs

Somos Hermanos programs are designed to equip participants with the language skills and cultural competency they need to provide high quality professional services to Latinos. Students are not required to have previous Spanish language experience before participating. The 5-month program is broken into three phases that entail a mix of one-on-one language instruction, community based volunteering and cultural activities. The program is open to anyone post undergraduate degree in the U.S. or Canada entering the health care profession (i.e. medical, nursing, therapist, dental, pharmacy, physician assistant, public health, etc), entering the legal profession, social services, or education professions. For more information view the Somos Hermanos website. Applications are accepted annually. 

  • Tracks: All
  • Location: Guatemala & Mexico

The Northwestern Network Mentorship Program

The Northwestern Network Mentorship Program, managed by the Northwestern Alumni Association, matches Northwestern alumni with current undergraduates and other alumni to form mentoring relationships. Among the Northwestern alumni registered in the network are medical doctors and other healthcare professionals, and many of them are willing to have a mentee shadow them in their workplace. Sign-up is available year-round. 

UCSF Digital Health Fellowship Program

The UCSF Digital Health Fellowship Program is inviting students, trainees, and previous fellows to join us for an unpaid, ~12-week experience (Sept. 1, 2022 - Nov. 17, 2022) focused on gathering information about digital health companies and their tools. This data will be used to create a matching marketplace for health systems and digital health applications. This is a fully remote program; fellows will work from their own webcam-equipped computer and on their own schedule under guidance from the Fellowship Director.

The fellowship will support the launch of the Accelerated Digital Clinical Ecosystem (ADviCE), a UCSF-based digital health consortium that is building an ecosystem of vendors, apps, health systems, users, and patients all focused on using digital health tools to improve value and equity of health care. ADviCE is spearheaded by UCSF clinical informaticist Andrew Auerbach, MD MPH, along with Raman Khanna MD MAS, Steven Chan MD MBA, Benjamin Rosner MD PhD, Ralph Brindis MD MPH, and managed by Tiffany Lee BA.

ADviCE also includes partners from the Mayo Clinic, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, University of Utah, Providence Health, and the FDA. The launch of ADviCE is supported by UCSF Innovation Ventures.


    • UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine


  • Tracks: Other Pre-Health Track
  • Location: Fully Remote
  • Position Type: Internship
  • Start: September 1st
  • Contact: QUESTIONS? E-mail:
        • Pam Lagera MD, Fellowship Program Director (
        • Andrew Auerbach MD MPH, co-founder, UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine (
        • Steven Chan MD MBA, co-founder, Stanford University & UCSF (

Volunteer Tutor Opportunity with STEMPod

Observing the challenge that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to our education system, STEMPod is a non-profit organization founded by Northwestern alumni aiming to promote STEM education in underserved communities. We are looking for volunteer tutors in any high school math, biology, chemistry, or physics courses. Expected commitment is 2+ hours per week for more than 6 months. The ideal volunteer is responsible, reliable, and patient. More information can be found at If interested, please fill out the application. Applications are accepted year-round.

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Pharmacy, Other Pre-Health Track
  • Location: Virtual
  • Position Type: Volunteer
  • Contact: Carlo Mannina email: