Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research

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Pediatric Research Summer Student Internship Program

The Pediatric Research Summer Student Internship is a 10-week program that offers participants the opportunity to engage in expert research. This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to gain hands-on experience in biomedical sciences. The program’s long-term goal is to increase the number of those choosing a career in pediatric health research.

The students work closely with chosen faculties and participate in lab work. To help students’ career development, an informal seminar series offers an opportunity for students to meet with faculty members in the center and elsewhere on campus. The program is a benefit for both the participating students and faculty. Students are required to attend all organized events and are awarded a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

With the estimated 200 applicants each year, the program continues to grow in national recognition and diversity. Many students return for a second or third year. With some in high school and others in medical school, participating students range in educational background.

Questions about the Internship Program

The internship lasts ten weeks, during which students are exposed to and conduct biomedical research in a selected laboratory.

Students design and execute a research project in close consultation with a mentor. During the duration of the program, students are expected to participate in research for at least 40 hours per week. However, before starting research, students must complete laboratory safety training.

Yes. Near the end of the program, students are expected to submit an abstract describing the research conducted during the summer. A symposium is held where students give an oral presentation describing summer projects. Details for the format of the abstract and presentation are outlined here.

The program organizes several talks and discussion panels related to careers in research and other biomedical fields. These events provide participants an opportunity to meet fellow interns. Lunch is provided after each of these talks.