Cancer Disparities Summer Internship

The Masonic Cancer Center, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Medical School Program in Health Disparities Research, invites eligible undergraduate students to submit an application for the 11th Annual Health Disparities & Cancer Research Summer Internship. This nine-week program, that runs from June 10, 2019 - August 9, 2019*, is a paid, full-time internship designed to give undergraduate students from Minnesota's racial/ethnic minority and underrepresented communities experience conducting cancer and/or health disparities research. The program also provides students with opportunities to shadow clinicians at hospitals and clinics in the Twin Cities. The deadline to apply is 12:00 PM CT on Monday, February 4, 2019.

Students interested in exploring or pursuing a research or clinical career in a health professional field are encouraged to apply today!

“Having the opportunity to lead my own side project within my research with my mentor has been an invaluable experience. I believe that there is no comfort in the growth zone and there is no growth in the comfort zone. This experience has allowed me to leave my comfort zone and gain an entirely new set of skills.” -2018 Health Disparities & Cancer Research Summer Intern

Find more information about this internship.

Internship Timeline*:

December 2018: Applications open
February 4, 2019: Applications due
March/April 2019: Notification of award
April 2019: Mentor/Mentee Matching
June – August 2019: Internship Program
August 2019: Poster Session

*Timeline is subject to change without notice.

Program Overview

  • Learn how health disparities are addressed through community-engaged research.
  • Engage in research related to faculty mentor’s area of investigation in basic biomedical, translational, clinical, and/or community-based research.
  • Attend weekly seminars and workshops on topics such as interdisciplinary research, applying for medical or professional schools, and the root causes of health disparities.
  • Shadow a clinician for up to 28 hours throughout the course of the summer.
  • Present a poster to academic members and community partners at the end of the summer.
  • Pair with a predetermined faculty mentor to participate in cancer-related research projects.

Internship Program Goals

  • Improve knowledge about health disparities
  • Improve knowledge about how various health topics relate to cancer
  • Build relationships with people who can serve as advisers or mentors
  • Learn research skills, ethical standards, and professional protocols

Application Information

  • Qualified candidates are incoming undergraduate college students from any Minnesota college or university or are from Minnesota.
  • Qualified candidates plan to become health care or research professionals and are from minority communities or other under-represented groups.