Internships in Cancer Research

2022 Interns

Summer undergraduate research opportunities:

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The CREATE program is an integrated summer experience for talented, motivated undergraduate students interested in a cancer research career. Trainees will conduct independent cancer biology research under the mentorship of a CREATE program faculty mentor and engage in a weekly research seminar with other CREATE students. The research experience will be coupled with a Cancer Education Workshop that will provide an overview of cancer biology and development of key professional development skills. Visit the Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Program's page to learn more out intern opportunitites.


M-ASCEND (Advancing Science, Enhancing Diversity) is a program supported by the Masonic Center Center (MCC) as well as the Program for Health Disparities Research (PHDR). Its goal is to support diverse school students as they progress towards future careers in cancer research. There are three different intended audiences:
  • For high school students, there is year-round programming, including online after school sessions, Saturday events on campus, and a summer research intensive.
  • For high school teachers, there is a summer bootcamp to introduce MCC resources and support innovative lesson development.
  • For undergraduate students, there is a summer internship to provide an opportunity for focused work with U of M researchers, either in MCC or PHDR.
All participants are paid for their involvement.


Juniors & Seniors Majoring in the Sciences 

Each year, undergraduate students are selected to work in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program with scientists at The Hormel Institute. Students work on research projects to expand their knowledge of basic research as well as learn about equipment and techniques that generally are not available in undergraduate academic programs. Students are selected based on their high level of academic achievement, recommendations, their area of study and plans to pursue careers in science-related fields. Freshmen and sophomores are also welcome to apply, but consideration will be given to more advanced students first.

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