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AAMC Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

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

  • Tracks: Pre-Med

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine - Tufts University

The Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Online Program is an engaging and fun way for students to spend the week learning more about the veterinary profession. This is your opportunity to dig into veterinary medicine through an exciting program where you'll work virtually with faculty, veterinary students and others who share your passion for animals, health, and science.
  • Explore specialty fields and important topics in veterinary medicine through informative lectures by Tufts faculty, staff, and veterinary students
  • Partner with current veterinary students throughout the program and learn about their unique paths to veterinary school
  • Build your veterinary skills! Practice suturing, learn how to read x-rays, work on a team to solve a challenging medical case, and more!

Program Dates
The Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Program will be offered virtually in summer 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Choose one of the following sessions:

  • Session 1: July 12-16, 2021
  • Session 2: July 26-30, 2021
  • Session 3: August 2-6, 2021
Classes will be held virtually from 12:45 pm to 5:00 pm EDT Monday through Friday. There may be additional virtual group meetings and/or optional virtual social events outside of this timeframe.

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

Gap Year Position with Dream Sleep Medicine

Dream Sleep Medicine is a private clinic located in Frisco, TX. This position is suitable for recent graduates with all premedical requirements satisfied. Intention to matriculate in an MD or PA program after the fourteen month's tenure is required. Submission of MCAT scores is not required, but greatly appreciated. This position is ideal for a quick learner who's compassionate, enthusiastic, friendly, and would enjoy working in both back office (as medical assistant) and front office (check-in, check-out receptionist). Training will be provided. 

Receptionist Essential Functions and Responsibilities: answer telephones in a cheerful manner; schedule appointments; take messages for patients using electronic medical records; greet and check in patients and check out patients; collect co-payments; address patient requests and inquires; resolve patient concerns; process insurance issues (i.e., verifications and authorizations) and assist patients in understanding insurance plans

Back Office Essential Functions and Responsibilities: rooming patients, including obtaining vital signs, reason for visit, and documenting symptoms their frequency, and severity; provide courteous and compassionate care; documents all required information in electronic medical recor; communication and correspondence including lab results, prescription management, and referrals

COVID-19 precautions: Remote interview process, Personal protective equipment provided or required, Temperature screenings, Social distancing guidelines in place, Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

This position is for 5 days a week, compensation is $10/hr with possible educataion stipend. Opportunities to obtain certification in nerve stimulation along with other scholarly activities exist. Dream Sleep Medicine is an equal opportunity employer without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, or religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, citizenship status, uniform service member status, military and veteran status, protected medical condition, genetic information, or any other federal, state, or local protected status.

Hands of Hope Internship with Casa de Esperanza

Casa de Esperanza is a non-profit in Houston, TX that provides residential care to children up to six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV.  Care is provided in the neighborhood by the Hands of Hope interns. Ensuring the safety of the children in placement and meeting their emotional and developmental needs are the primary responsibilities of the Hands of Hope Interns.  Interns, most of whom are recent college graduates, join for a year of service (a twelve-month full-time post-graduation internship). Applicants wishing to complete shorter internships are considered on a case by case basis. .Typically, five Hands of Hope House Parents live in an agency foster home with four or five children under the age of six. One of the House Parents will be licensed as the foster parent. Together, the Hands of Hope House Parents share responsibility for providing 24-hour care to the children in the home.There is a monthly stipend of $600, and applications are accepted year-round.

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Public Health
  • Location: Houston, TX
  • Position Type: Paid Internship

Keck Graduate Institute Explore Health Professions Program

Two-week residential program of classroom and experiential learning to help students investigate what it means to be pre-med.

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Pharmacy, Other Pre-Health Track
  • Location: Remote; Claremont, CA
  • Start: Session #1 (online): July 12-23 Session #2 (in-person): July 26-August 6

KGI Summer Programs for Biotech & Healthcare

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), a member of The Claremont Colleges, offers summer programs for:
  • Undergraduate/recent college graduates
  • Postdocs/PhD students
  • High school students

KGI’s summer programs can boost your academic career as you prepare for graduate-level studies or a career in healthcare or biotech. These programs will not only help you decide your career pathway—they are also a great way to gain exposure to the biotechnology, medicine, life sciences, and pharmaceutical industries, while improving the skills and qualifications to boost your resume.

Programs include: Summer Explore Health Professions, Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, Pre-Pharmacy Enrichment Program, Clinical Genetics and Bioinformatics Summer Program and more. Visit the KGI Summer Programs webpage for detailed information about each program. 

  • Tracks: All
  • Start: Summer 2021

Kuchnir Dermatology Bridge Year Program

Interested in taking a gap year? Do you want more clinical experience before applying to medical school? The Kuchnir Dermatology Bridge Year Program is an excellent clinical experience for those interested in pursuing an interactive, patient-oriented gap year for 14- or 26-months before medical school matriculation. Students in the program learn about medicine by scribing for physicians, coordinating patient care, attending educational events, and receiving mentorship from practicing Dermatologists.

Interested applicants may apply by emailing a PDF copy of their resume and cover letter to Dr. Louis Kuchnir at gapyearkdds@gmail.com .Ashleigh, the program coordinator, will then schedule a brief phone call with you before sending your information to Dr. Kuchnir. Interviews will likely not be conducted on campus in the Spring semester as COVID-19 regulations continue. Please note that the time commitment for the program is June 2021 – July 2022 or 2023 depending on the desire to complete one or two gap years. For more information, please visit our website at kuchnirdermatology.com. You can also direct questions about the program to Sandra Freeman (sfreeman0821@gmail.com), a current bridge year student and Northwestern graduate of the class of 2020.

  • Tracks: Pre-Med
  • Location: Boston area
  • Start: June 2021

Medical Assistant - Illinois Dermatology Institute

The Illinois Dermatology Institute, located in the Chicago Loop, is looking for a medical assistant to room patients using EMR, assist during surgical procedures, triage patients, process refills, process specimens, patient education, schedule patients, turn over rooms and light clerical duties. The environment provides patient care hours and an intimate understanding of how a private practice functions. The time commitment is 20+ hours per week. 

If interested, please send resumes to Stephanie Caruso, Practice Manager and L.P.N at scaruso@illinoisderm.com 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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. 

Qualifications:
-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 the complete job description and to apply. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Med
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Position Type: Job

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.They are currently accepting applications for 2022. For more information view their program website. 

  • Tracks: All
  • Location: Guatemala & Mexico

The Northwestern Network Mentorship Program

This 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. 

Two-year Research Study Assistant Position with Feinberg Ophthalmology

Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, is looking for a full-time research technologist. Current research projects within the lab investigate 1) Retinal blood flow imaging 2) clinical research using retinal imaging datasets 3). This position is ideal for students interested in spending two gap years to gain more experience in retinal research and clinical research. The position involves recruiting patients from clinics, working on IRB submissions, using retinal imaging technology, analyzing the image datasets, statistical analysis and writing peer-reviewed manuscripts. The research study assistant is responsible for the execution of ongoing NIH-funded research projects under the guidance of the principal investigator, who is a physician-scientist specializing in retinal disease. Because we are requiring a 2-year commitment, there will be significant flexibility in the second year for interviews and travel. There will be opportunities for further academic involvement and scholarly work if desired.

Qualifications: We are looking for candidates who possess at least a bachelor’s degree at the start of employment. One year or more of lab research experience, paid or un-paid, is required. Please include your undergraduate GPA in your CV. A two-year commitment is required. If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter to Dr. Amani Fawzi (amani.fawzi@northwestern.edu).

Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP)

The Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP) funds inexperienced students to work with faculty who are in need of assistance on their own research projects. In doing so, students who do not have sufficient research experience to design and carry out their own independent project gain first-hand mentored knowledge of research practices in their discipline, while faculty who would not otherwise be able to hire Research Assistants (RAs) get help with their own projects. Unlike our other grant programs, a URAP application has to be initiated by a faculty member. Faculty can apply with a particular student(s) in mind, or the Office of Undergraduate Research can assist in finding a student for them by running a search. If you are interested, visit the Office of Undergraduate Research's URAP webpage for URAP job postings and additonal information. The deadline for URAP applications is Monday, May 17th at 11:59 p.m. 

  • Tracks: All

Undergraduate Summer Research Position with the Akhtar Laboratory

A paid summer research position is available in the Akhtar laboratory at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. This position is available to undergraduate students who have completed their freshman, sophomore, or junior year (graduating seniors are not eligible to apply). The focus of the Akhtar laboratory is to understand the interaction between viruses and the pediatric brain. Toward this goal, the lab utilizes a wide variety of approaches including animal models, cell culture models, molecular biology, and genome sequencing. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing clinically-relevant research in the laboratory that addresses how variations within the viral genome contribute to different neurologic outcomes, and identifies critical components of defense in the pediatric brain against viral infection. This position would be a great opportunity for individuals contemplating a career as a physician or scientist in any form. If you are interested, please email Dr. Lisa Akhtar (LAkhtar@luriechildrens.org) at your earliest convenience with a cover letter and current CV.  

Urban Indian Health Institute Internship Program

Each year, Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) hosts full-time public health interns to explore public health careers by participating in projects related to epidemiology, clinical services, public health, Indigenous evaluation, and research within urban American Indian/Alaska Native populations. In addition to working with us, interns learn about partner organizations including the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) where they tour the labs and shadow DOH public health professionals.

We are accepting applications for the Summer 2021 Internship Program. Our four 12-week, full-time, paid summer internship opportunities are open to undergraduate and graduate students who are looking to explore public health careers.

You can find the full job description on our job and internship portal to apply online. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by Friday, May 14, 2021. American Indians and Alaskan Natives are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Tracks: Pre-Public Health
  • Position Type: Paid Internship
  • Start: Summer 2021

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 https://www.stempod.org. If interested, please fill out the application

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Pharmacy, Other Pre-Health Track
  • Location: Virtual
  • Position Type: Volunteer
  • Contact: Lydia Pui: spui@cps.org 

Volunteer with the HOPE Undergraduate Advisory Board

The HOPE Undergraduate Advisory Board is looking to recruit two more members! They are a small group of NU undergrads and recent alumni who work with the HOPE Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the organization dedicated to raising funds for Northwestern Memorial’s Women’s HIV Program. This program provides comprehensive care to pregnant and postpartum women living with HIV, and works to prevent transmission of HIV from mother to newborn. 

They are looking for creative thinkers with an interest in health care and a passion for serving the underserved. Website management, social media skills, or past experience with fundraising are preferred to best support our HOPE doctors and fellows. 

Applications are due May 28th, 2021 at 11:59 PM, and applicants will be contacted about an interview following application submission.

  • Tracks: All
  • Position Type: Volunteer