Research and Study Opportunities

Summer Opportunities

Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute Summer Scholars Program

The Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute is pleased to announce the Hassenfeld Scholars Summer Program for Brown University trainees including undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students.  The program is made possible through the generous support of the family of Alan Hassenfeld.  Selected Scholars will participate in a full time 10-week internship in the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Initiative and receive a $3500 stipend for the internship. The Hassenfeld Scholars Summer Program will embrace Brown’s “learning by doing” approach to engaged scholarship.  This will provide Hassenfeld Scholars the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the work of the Institute while gaining the knowledge, skills, perspective and experience they will need to become the next generation of child health leaders. For more information, email

NIDDK Fellowships

The NYU School of Medicine’s NIDDK-funded summer research fellowships for the Summer 2017 is now open to applicants. The award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) T35 training grant will provide summer research opportunities to both NYU and non-NYU students who are available to pursue summer research in the New York City area. The grant provides fellowships for students doing basic research with an NYU faculty mentor in diabetes, digestive disorders, and kidney diseases. These fellowships, of up to 8 weeks in duration, will provide students with a summer stipend of approximately $3,890. 

Occupational Health Internship Program

OHIP is a full time, paid summer internship designed to link the skills and interests of students with the needs of workers employed in an under-served or high hazard job. Teams of two interns are assigned to a union or worker organization where they receive supervision from a designated staff member and an academic mentor (Site Coordinator) at one of the OHIP training sites: San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago(graduate students ONLY), New York City, Boston, New Orleans. Additional sites may be announced for summer 2016. Each team project is designed to maximize contact between workers and interns to learn about the hazards and other realities of work. As part of the process of researching hazards, interns interview workers, conduct focus groups, attend union/worker organization meetings, and observe workers on the job. As a result, students gain an understanding of the complexity of the work environment and learn about the importance of health and safety in relation to work.


Deadline: February 17, 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

Himalayan Health Exchange will organize it's 22nd annual medical & dental camps in the remote regions of north India and Indo-Tibetan Borderlands  in 2017. Each camp is designed to provide care to approximately 2,500 underserved patients and an opportunity for international health exposure to participants. Medical students & residents participation is limited to 30 on each trip. Supervision is provided by US board certified physicians. Participants are responsible for arranging their own funding to meet expedition costs and must be willing to put in a minimum of 6-8 hours of clinical work, each day, for the duration of each clinical period.

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.

Medical Student Elective Course in Wilderness Medicine

This week-long expedition will focus on wilderness medical and survival issues, with an emphasis on tropical medicine.  Topics include hyperthermia, infectious diseases, drowning, trauma, musculoskeletal soft tissue issues, dislocations/fractures, wild animal attacks, zoonosis, SAR, and much more.  Earn optional Advanced Wilderness Life Support certification and 20 CMEs.  In addition to focusing on wilderness medicine, participants will also learn whitewater safety and paddling skills, knot tying, and tropical natural history. The class starts and ends at the San Jose, Costa Rica airport.  From there we’ll take a chartered bus to Hacienda Baru, a rustic eco-lodge which boasts its own Pacific beach, miles of trails, zip lines, a small restaurant/bar, and a delightful pool.  We’ll spend mornings and evenings in class, leaving most afternoons free for swimming, surfing, hiking, studying, or just hanging out.  In addition to medical classes we’ll enjoy a tree top canopy tour and zip line, night hikes, a natural history tour, and whitewater rafting. Ground transportation, shared lodging, meals, and adventure activities provided.  Participants are responsible for transportation to San Jose, alcohol, personal clothing, and optional AWLS certification costs and surf lessons and/or board rental.  Enrollment is limited to 14 participants to allow for optimal small group learning, authentic wilderness experiences, and efficient travel and logistics.  The University of Colorado School of Medicine does not offer academic credit for this class.

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

25th Congress on Women's Health

For 25 years, the Congress on Women’s Health has provided the most comprehensive, authoritative information for physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals. Best Practices for Better Outcomes. Presentations will focus on women’s health care across the lifespan, sex/gender differences in disease prevalence, diagnosis, and therapeutics. Presentations include preventive health care including disease risk assessment, up-to-date guidelines for screening and evaluation, multi-med management, and new therapeutic advances and options. Renowned speakers will provide the urgent takeaways that clinicians can use in patient care.


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.

American Medical Student Association Convention & Exposition

AMSA Annual Convention & Exposition will bring together medical and premedical students from all around the world for four days of networking, learning and having fun. Join us in Washington DC on Feb 23 – 26, 2017 to practice medical skills, advocate for health care on behalf of your future patients and prepare for the Match! 

Deadline: February 15, 2017
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.

Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine

The Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine is a week-long intensive for professional health students interested in this fascinating field. Hosted by the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health and in partnership with the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, selected participants will attend lectures, hands-on workshops, and leadership skills groups hosted by our esteemed faculty. 

Deadline: February 15, 2017
Symposium on the Ethics of Help

The "Ethics of Help" symposium will explore the ethical complexities of volunteering in health care settings at home and abroad. From high school students to licensed health professionals, more and more people are engaging in philanthropic health care among vulnerable populations, usually in settings unfamiliar to them. They are well-intentioned individuals who give their time in hopes of making a difference to others, and possibly to explore or test their skills in new settings. This symposium will bring together the champions and challengers of voluntarism in health care settings at home and abroad, opening up space for a challenging conversation: what inadvertent harms can occur even when one volunteers with the best of intentions? What can we as individuals, as members and leaders of organizations, institutions, and professional associations, do to understand better the inadvertent risks in volunteering in health care settings, and what strategies can we use to maximize the benefits for patients, communities, volunteers, and institutions everywhere?

This year's symposium will be at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 8th and 9th, 2017.

Deadline: February 20, 2017
The 2017 Community Health Leadership Conference

The 2017 Community Health Leadership Conference (CHLC) hosted by the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is rapidly approaching. The conference will be held March 10 and 11, 2017 at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, FL. 

The goal of the CHLC is to enhance the community health initiatives of our nation’s medical schools through collaboration and discussion. Student leaders are invited to present their successes and challenges in community health projects as well as network with other medical students with similar initiatives. The conference includes oral and poster presentations, addresses from several key note speakers, and collaborative sessions where students will meet to share ideas and discuss ways to improve community service delivery at their institution. In addition, attendees are invited to attend the DOCS Liberty City Health Fair and two student-run clinics, Lotus House and San Juan Bosco.

Deadline: February 10, 2017
TransHealth Conference

The goal of this conference is to enhance the health and well-being of members of the transgender community by (1) increasing the number of mental health and medical health care providers who feel  comfortable and confident providing care for transgender patients; (2) increasing transgender community members’ knowledge, self-efficiency and advocacy skills through transgender centered educational sessions. The conference will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Deadline: February 15, 2017

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
Dr. Oz Show
Are you interested in public health, social media, or medical television? If so, this is the internship for you! The Dr. Oz Show, is looking for medical students to come join our team in New York City. The show relies on its medical students to make sure all information that airs is medically accurate. This means you¹ll be reviewing scripts, briefing Dr. Oz on medical topics before tapings, and reviewing footage before it airs to make sure it¹s medically sound. In other words, you¹ll be heavily involved in the production process. You¹ll also have a chance to explore your creative side by writing radio scripts for Dr. Oz and designing medical animations that air on the show. Through this experience, you will also get the chance to meet important members of the medical community like Dr. Sanjay Gupta MD and the Surgeon General. We have two opportunities available to medical students, described below. If you¹re interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to Gretchen Goetz, Medical Associate Producer, at We look forward to seeing you in the Big Apple!
Medical Student Producer
This is an eight to nine-month, full-time, paid position that will run throughout the show's ninth season, from the beginning of August through the beginning of May. It is typically filled by medical students who have completed their third year and who wish to take a year off before completing their coursework and beginning their residency.
Candidates must be able to take a year off from school, as these are full-time positions. Candidates should have an interest in health media, but experience in a media-related field is not required.
The offices for The Dr Oz Show are located in Manhattan. Episodes tape in front of a live studio audience and air daily around the U.S. and several other countries around the world!
The term of the position runs from about August of 2017 to May of 2018.
If you are interested in working with us, please send a brief cover letter explaining your interest in working for the show, along with a resume/CV to Associate Medical Producer Gretchen Goetz ( by FEBRUARY 28, 2017. [Please make sure you include the phrase "medical student producer" in the subject line of your email to ensure your application is processed.] 
Medical Student Rotation
This is a one-month, full-time rotation working in the show's offices in Manhattan. Medical student rotators work under the direction of the show¹s medical director with the medical research team to conduct research for shows, develop messaging for scripts, and generate ideas for shows and other media platforms.  Rotators are a valuable part of the Medical Unit and get to see and take part in all aspects of the show¹s production.  This is a unique experience and allows students to learn about how the media works, how to communicate to a lay audience about important health topics, and how to conduct research and evaluate evidence.
Medical student rotators must receive credit for the rotation at their institution, as this is a non-paid internship. Rotators are responsible for finding accommodations if they do not live in New York City.  Rotation slots are available from August through April.
If you are interested in rotating with us, please send a brief cover letter explaining your interest in working for the show, along with a resume/CV to Associate Medical Producer Gretchen Goetz ( [Please make sure you include the phrase "medical student rotation" in the subject line of your email to ensure your application is processed.]
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
HIVMA Medical Student program

The HIV Medical Students program awards grants for up to three years to medical student and mentor pairs to support a longitudinal HIV-related clinical learning and/or research project and mentor relationship during medical school.  First, second or third year medical students are eligible to apply. Students and mentors have the flexibility in designing their curriculum to complement the school’s curriculum and training requirements. Mentors must be HIVMA/IDSA members and are required to demonstrate a commitment to student mentorship through the duration of the grant. Medical students receive a $3,500 stipend per year with an additional $1,000 for the mentor/institution for incidental expenses, such as supplies, conference registration, etc. Students will submit a brief report at the end of each year. Students also will receive a free HIVMA/IDSA membership. A brief evaluation will be conducted annually to assess the program and ongoing student interest and level of commitment. Funding for years two and three will be dependent on successfully meeting annual milestones set by the student and mentor. 

Deadline: February 15, 2017
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
Medical Education Fellowship for Medical Students - University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Now in its fourth year, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is continuing to offer a one year medical education fellowship to a medical student after completion of year 2 of the traditional MD curriculum.  Through our Educational Development Office, this fellow will work primarily on our ‘Cane Academy initiative, working directly with our senior instructional designer and other members of the medical education administration. The ‘Cane Academy initiative assists in creating a competency-based, self-directed curriculum that leverages educational technology including but not limited to online modules with short videos, self-assessment questions, and in class problem solving sessions leading to formative and summative assessments.  This fellow must already have expertise in instructional technology resources to assist in growing the initiative and will work collaboratively with faculty and the senior instructional designer on technological solutions for blended learning.  A graduate student stipend for the year will be provided along with support for travel to medical education conferences.

For more information, please contact David Green, M.S., senior instructional designer, 

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 Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Boston is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development. Founded in 1992, the Boston Chapter is the oldest of the Schweitzer program sites located across the U.S. dedicated to developing a pipeline of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs. Since the program’s inception, Schweitzer Fellows in Boston—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health throughout the greater Boston and Worcester areas.  Upon successful completion of the initial Fellowship year, Fellows have the opportunity to participate in an alumni network of Fellows for Life– an interdisciplinary pipeline of emerging professionals who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities.

 The application period for the 2017-2018 cohort will be open on November 14, and applications are due February 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Prospective Fellows should be prepared to partner with a local community agency and design a community service project that seeks to provide direct service to an underserved population.  This project should focus on addressing health and/or the social determinants of health in the population served. 

UPenn List of Opportunities