Research and Study Opportunities

Summer Opportunities

AAMC Summer Medical Student Internship

The AAMC is seeking a medical student intern to work with Careers in Medicine and Financial Information Resources, Services, and Tools (FIRST) staff on various projects related to the administrative, marketing, and communication efforts of both programs. The qualified individual will possess excellent communication skills, proficiency with social media platforms, experience working with Excel, Word, etc., and ideally, will have financial aid/financial literacy skills/knowledge.

Pediatric Oncology Education Program at St. Jude's Research Hospital

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.

The minimum time requirement for our program is 10 weeks at St. Jude for those currently in medical school. The student's daily schedule will depend on the research area in which they are working, but the student is expected to work full-time.

Deadline: February 1, 2017
Summer Ethics Fellowship for Medical Students

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for its 2017 Medical program. 

FASPE Medical is a fully-funded, two-week summer program that uses the conduct of doctors and other medical professionals in Nazi Germany as a launching point and backdrop for an intensive study of contemporary medical ethics. FASPE Medical is predicated upon the power of place. Fellows visit Auschwitz and other sites in Germany and Poland where they consider how to apply the lessons of history to the ethical challenges in medicine today.

In 2017, the program will take place from Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 30. (Fellows are expected to arrive in Europe by Sunday, June 18.) All program costs are covered, including round-trip travel from New York to Europe, European travel, lodging, and food. FASPE Medical Fellows travel and share some seminars with Fellows in the FASPE Seminary program.

FASPE Medical is open to all current MD and DO students.

If you have questions, please contact Thorin R. Tritter, Executive Director of FASPE, at

Deadline: December 20, 2016
The Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship Summer Program

The summer fellowship provides medical students with an eight-week research experience within an academic anesthesiology department. During the fellowship, students participate in research and training activities, as well as clinical anesthesia activities. In addition, medical student summer fellows have the opportunity to make a scientific presentation at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting.

Deadline: January 31, 2017

International Opportunities

Children’s Well-Being Foundation Internship

Children’s Well-Being Foundation, founded by Dr. George Whitelaw in 2007, is a registered non-profit operating 3 clinics for underserved children in Costa Rica. Our motto - treat, educate, and empower – asserts our commitment to providing quality care to impoverished families, as well as giving them tools to manage their health. College and high school students have the opportunity to be part of the care CWB provides in Costa Rica.

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students
CIEE Teaching Abroad

Interested in teaching in Chile, China, Spain or Thailand for a year? This program allows students to live and work overseas while learning and interacting with the local people, culture and language. CIEE negotiates a placement teaching English, offers a local stipend and temporary housing.

Eligible Applicants: Bachelor's degree, English fluency, teaching experience preferred but not required
Deadline: Varies by location
Himalayan Health Exchange International Health Expeditions

Himalayan Health Exchange will organize medical/dental camps in the remote regions of north India and Indo-Tibetan Borderlands. Participation is open to medical students. Faculty members are welcome to join any expedition. Each trip is designed to provide care to approximately 1,500 underserved patients and an opportunity for international health exposure to participants. Students and residents participation is limited to 30 on each trip.

Unite For Sight's High Impact Volunteer Abroad Opportunities

Volunteer abroad in all, winter, spring or summer quarters in Ghana, Honduras or India. Assist eye doctors in rural villages, refugee camps and slums to provide eye care for patients living in extreme poverty. Volunteers encouraged to be proactive in developing their own projects and programs that coincide with Unite For Sight's outreach program.

Eligible Applicants: Must be 18 or older
Deadline: Rolling Deadline

Clinical Electives (Away)

Clinical Electives Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Electives Program (CEP) offers senior medical and dental students a wide variety of short-term clinical and research-oriented elective rotations at the NIH Clinical Center, the nation's largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research, located in Bethesda, Maryland.  The CEP provides students with unique exposure to state-of-the-art medical care and translational research supervised by world-renowned clinician-scientists. All elective rotations are offered for academic credit.

Harvard Visiting Clerkship Program

The Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP) provides support for fourth-year and qualified third-year minority (African American, Native American, and Hispanic American) medical students to participate in the HMS Exchange Clerkship Program. VCP is designed to increase medical student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine; to increase student consideration of academic training programs for internship and residency; and especially to increase the number of minority students applying to HMS-affiliated hospital training programs. Clerkships are four weeks in length and are available, space permitting, to full-time fourth-year students in good standing at accredited US medical schools. Third-year students who have completed their last quarter core clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics are also eligible. VCP participants are assigned a faculty advisor and offered opportunities to network with HMS faculty, house staff and students. Financial assistance (up to $400) is available toward transportation costs to and from Boston. Housing is also provided.

Eligible Applicants: 4th year medical students
Deadline: varies according to rotation dates; generally four months prior to rotation month
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Elective Program

The Memorial Center is an academic medical center dedicated to cancer research, patient care, and education. The Memorial Hospital faculty is offering clinical electives to FINAL year medical students. This program is highly competitive so applications should demonstrate superior academic and supporting credentials. 

Eligible Applicants: Fourth-year medical students
Deadline: Completed applications must be submitted no later than six weeks prior to start of elective.
National Institutes of Health Clinical Electives Program for Medical and Dental Students

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Electives Program (CEP) offers senior medical and dental students a wide variety of short-term clinical and research-oriented elective rotations at the NIH Clinical Center, the nation's largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research, located in Bethesda, Maryland.  The CEP provides students with unique exposure to state-of-the-art medical care and translational research supervised by world-renowned clinician-scientists. All elective rotations are offered for academic credit.

Annual Conferences and Meetings

43rd Annual Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum

The ESRF is a student-run and presented scientific conference in which medical, graduate, MD/PhD students, and residents present oral and poster presentations of their original basic science and clinical research. Each year, the Forum hosts participants from throughout the Eastern United States, Canada, and Europe, providing an ideal opportunity for the collegial exchange of scientific ideas and the professional development of future leaders in the medical and basic sciences.  Presenters are provided extensive feedback from both peer and faculty reviewers and outstanding presentations in multiple categories are recognized with both monetary and travel awards. This year's Forum will take place February 22-25, 2017 at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. 

Deadline: November 30, 2016
4th Annual Social Entrepreneurship Institute

The Social Entrepreneurship Institute will draw public health, social entrepreneurship, and education professionals and students for a focused, highly interactive and collaborative institute on quality, effective involvement in global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development. The expert speakers will offer key lessons, mentoring, and guidance about strategies that participants can apply to their work in global health, social entrepreneurship, international development, and education. This year's Institute will take place on Friday, December 2 at Shubert Theater in New Haven, CT.

Huntington Disease Education Day

The RI Chapter of the Huntington Disease Society is hosting a symposium for patients and families to hear of interesting research and learn about patient advocacy. The presentations are also appropriate for students interested in Huntington Disease and its interface with the medical system, or research on HD. HD is so rare that this is an opportunity for anyone interested in it. It is a half-day program on Saturday, November 5th from 8:30am-noon at The Ray Conference Center, Butler Hospital. The program is FREE for students. Register online at HDSA.ORG/RI or call 508-336-5236 for more information.

Second Annual Medical Students Ethics Conference

"Becoming a Physician:  Ethical Challenges in Medical Education"

The “Becoming a Physician: Ethical Challenges in Medical Education” conference is the only medical ethics conference to focus on the ethical challenges medical students encounter on the path to becoming physicians. It is intended to be a forum for medical students to present their reflections on these challenges.

The organizing committee invites abstracts for oral presentations on the ethical issues that arise in and because of one’s role as a medical student. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: the impact of race in medical practice; transgender health; healthcare for prisoners; moral distress; hierarchy in medicine.

Saturday January 21, 2017

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York, NY

Abstract Submission Deadline: Thursday November 11, 2016

The AMA Journal of Ethics encourages students whose abstracts were accepted for presentation at the conference to develop and submit manuscripts for publication consideration.

Submission - All submissions should include two MSWord documents: a 350-word abstract with title and no identifying information and a cover page with the following information: 1) abstract title; 2) author name; 3) author affiliation; and 4) email address.

Best Abstract Award - The organizing committee will award the best abstract a monetary prize in the amount of $200.

Please email your submissions to

Eligible Applicants: To submit an abstract the author must be enrolled in an accredited medical college. Abstracts co-authored with faculty or residents will not be considered.
Deadline: November 11, 2016

Other Opportunities

AAMC List of Clinical and Research Opportunities
American College of Surgeons Medical Student Program Membership

Current medical schools may apply for membership to the American College of Surgeons. This program is designed to assist students with choosing a career in surgery, residency preparation and transition from medical school to resident training in surgery. Students will be invited to attend lectures, panel discussion and various activities conducted by Fellows of the College.

Eligible Applicants: Any medical student
Deadline: Rolling
American Physician Scientists Association Compiled Research Opportunities
Founders Affiliate Medical Student Research Program

The purpose of the grant is to encourage medical students to consider a career in cardiovascular research. The need for new researchers in the health sciences, from basic science to human behaviors, is critical. This program is designed to provide students at the crossroads of career choices an opportunity to experience research first-hand with an established investigator.

Please direct all questions to

Deadline: December 6, 2016
Greatest Gift Organ and Tissue Donation Education Campaign

Greatest Gift, Inc. is currently seeking motivated medical students to help head up a nationwide organ and tissue donation education campaign. Greatest Gift, Inc.'s medical school model is designed to educate future physicians about the processes, myths and facts about donation and transplant, as well as raise general public awareness, and help develop leadership skills along the way. We are an organization created by medical students, designed with a busy medical student's schedule in mind. We will provide interested students with all of the tools they need to set up their own student organization on their med school campus (including a sample/template constitution, budgeting help, event ideas, educational training, artwork, t-shirt ideas, your own web page and more).

Eligible Applicants: all medical students
Harvard Fellowship for Medical Students and Physicians

The Jerome H. Grossman M.D. Graduate Fellowship allows a small number of qualifying physicians and medical students to pursue a two-year master’s degree in public policy or public administration (MPP or MPA) at Harvard Kennedy School. Fellows are awarded full tuition, fees, and a living stipend for two years, as well as support to carry out summer internships. They are invited to participate in symposia, workshops, and other activities at Harvard that explore health care policy.  Qualifying physicians and medical school students are encouraged to apply.

Both an admission application and fellowship application are required. The admission application deadline is December 1, 2016 and the accompanying fellowship application will be due on February 24, 2017. Details on this tremendous opportunity, including information about the application process can be found on the website below.

Helping Hands Grant Program

The Helping Hands Grant Program provides grants up to $5,000 to medical schools for mental health service projects that are created and managed by medical students, particularly in underserved minority communities. These projects can be conducted in partnership with community agencies or in conjunction with ongoing medical school outreach activities. The program was established to raise awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition of illness; and build an interest amongst medical students in psychiatry and working in underserved communities.

Eligible Applicants: All medical students
HHMI Research Opportunities

In order to encourage more students to pursue careers as physician-scientists, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers an outstanding year-long research training program for students enrolled in schools in the U.S. Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Students enrolled in MD/PhD programs are not eligible to apply. 

For 2nd and 3rd Year Students:

1) HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program enables medical, veterinary, and dental students to spend a year conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at any academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States except government agencies. HHMI will award 60 fellowships in 2017.

Applicants must have prior wet-lab research experience. Mentor selection and research proposal preparation are key components of the application process.

For the 2017-2018 program year, Fellows will receive a $32,000 stipend; a $5,500 fellow’s allowance for health, dental and vision insurance, relocation expenses, if applicable, and some education-related expenses; and a $5,500 research allowance for conference travel and research-related enrichment activities.

Deadline: November 1, 2016
International Opportunity Databases

A couple of organizations have compiled databases for research opportunities, electives, internships, etc.:
International Federation of Medical Students Association:

International Health Opportunities from AMSA:

Eligible Applicants: varies
Deadline: varies
Mindfulness Intervention Internship

This is a volunteer internship opportunity for the NIH-funded Mindfulness-Based Blood Pressure Reduction (MB-BP) study. Being an intern can be an opportunity to learn first-hand the teaching elements of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, that has been customized to engage more closely with elements that influence blood pressure, such as diet, physical activity, alcohol consumption, stress and medication adherence. 

MB-BP Intern Roles and Responsibilities:

Class Location: Brown University School of Public Health, 121 South Main St., Room 331

Before Each Class: Set up chairs, zafus and zabutons in a circle

During Each Class: Greet participants and help them feel welcomed, answer any questions participants may have, hand out name tags, and allow them to write their names on them, stamp parking vouchers, and record parking ticket information on sheet, be prepared to phone participants who do not arrive on time to see if they are OK, or need anything, be an MB-BP participant, going through the course with first person experience, take participant attendance

After Each Class: Return chairs, mats and cushions to their original location, check in about how participants seem to be doing. Any struggles or realizations that came up in conversations with participants you feel would be helpful for us to discuss, provide feedback on ways the course be strengthened.

The course takes place on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:00 pm, with interns needed from 5:00-8:30 starting on 10/5 and ending on 11/29. There is an all-day retreat on Saturday, 11/5. 

Please contact Dr. Eric Loucks at if you are interested.

Samaritans of Rhode Island Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Improve your listening skills by becoming a volunteer for The Samaritans of RI Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline/Listening Line. A fellow Brown medical student said of the experience, “As someone who hopes to pursue a career in medicine, I know this experience will help me so much in the future, in terms of knowing how to communicate with patients and truly listen to what they are trying to tell me. I absolutely know this will make me a better physician, and I am thankful to the Samaritans for teaching me these skills.” Fall Training Classes Begin in September. Medical students eligible for Brown Financial aid may be eligible for Off Campus Work-Study when volunteering for The Samaritans. Please check with your financial aid adviser in the Medical School.

Eligible Applicants: All medical students
Deadline: rolling
The NIH Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP)

The MRSP is a yearlong research training program designed to attract creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the NIH intramural campus in Bethesda, MD. The MRSP is designed for rising fourth-year students (initial clinical rotations completed), but does not exclude second year students in medical school who have strong research interests from applying. While taking a year out from medical school can present many challenges for both the student and the school, the opportunities offered by the MRSP are truly phenomenal and make the challenges worthwhile. During the year, students engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project that matches their professional interests, and research and career goals. Their research experiences are supplemented by academic activities featuring lectures by world-renowned scientists, clinical rounds featuring research patients from the NIH Clinical Center, and an interactive Journal Club addressing major issues in clinical research.

The NIH MRSP is hositing a webinar to discuss the application process with students and faculty on Friday, November 4 from 11am-12pm. To register, please visit the MRSP homepage below.

Deadline: January 13, 2017
UPenn List of Opportunities