Training Programs

Indiana University School of Medicine offers many excellent research training and internship programs for high school, pre-med, medical and post-graduate students interested in exploring medical and health-related research work. Many medical students choose to participate in these programs to enrich their training at their home campus or others. Research programs are also available to medical students not currently enrolled at IU School of Medicine. Explore campus-specific research opportunities on the statewide campus pages . A full list of summer internships and jobs for first-year medical students is available.

Postdoctoral Training

A broad range of postdoctoral mentoring and training opportunities are available with talented research scientists across IU School of Medicine. For detailed information, including a list of available postdoc opportunities and excellent advice on pursuing a postdoc position, visit the IU School of Medicine Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Specialty-Specific Training

The Comprehensive Training Program in Musculoskeletal Research is administered by IU School of Medicine at the Indianapolis campus, and provides PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and medical students with a rich, diverse, multidisciplinary research-oriented training environment in musculoskeletal biology. The program is designed to equip trainees with the tools and research training needed to move into successful careers as physicians, scientists and engineers who will find new cures, develop new therapeutic treatments, and generate new devices to reduce and/or eliminate musculoskeletal disease. The program is funded by an NIH-sponsored T32 Training Grant, and includes faculty whose research foci span a broad range of topics in musculoskeletal biology. More information on the training program, faculty, resources and the application process is available.

Other Research Programs

Research programs offered by other organizations can also provide enrichment and experience that supplement a student’s primary education track. The IUPUI Center for Research and Learning lists a variety of research opportunities categorized as undergraduate research programs, diversity research programs, and summer research programs.

Summer Programs and Internships

The Diversity Scholars Research Program is aimed at attracting academically talented students pursuing an education in the research setting who will contribute to the diversity of IUPUI. Open to all Indiana high school graduates in the top 25 percent of their graduating class who have at least a 1070 SAT (math and critical reasoning sections only) or 23 ACT score. The program provides free tuition plus book and living stipends each year for four years. Research opportunities are available. Email Vicki Bonds for more information.

The Wells Center for Pediatric Research Summer Student Internship Program provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students who are looking to gain hands-on experience in the biomedical science. A long-term goal of the program is to increase the number of medical students and researchers choosing a career in pediatric health research.

The Hospital Medical Education (HME) is an optional summer program for medical students who have completed one year of study. The program offers MD students an opportunity to spend time with medical staff and personnel to learn about the various aspects of the United States’ health care system. HME is offered in various departments and specialties within a hospital setting as well as in private practice offices.

Medical students can participate in the Indiana AHEC Summer Observership Program between the first and second year of training. Students are assigned to observe physicians in different clinical settings. The program runs for four or eight weeks. Participants receive a stipend of $1500 for the four-week program and $3000 for the eight-week program.

The Undergraduate Research Experience in the Biomedical Sciences is IU School of Medicine’s summer research program for future scientists. This program is designed for undergraduate students who are committed to pursuing a research career and plan to pursue a doctoral training program in the biomedical sciences.

The Indiana CTSI Summer Internship Program is a two-month educational program sponsored by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute for high school, undergraduate and medical students interested in assisting faculty members in clinical and laboratory research.

The Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS) facilitates IUSM medical student participation in various medical research and experiential opportunities including laboratory, clinical, health research outcomes, and community health education. The goal is to make available to medical students a wide variety of research and clinical opportunities to enhance intellectual inquisitiveness, to foster an environment of scholarly endeavors, and to support excellence in the development of physicians, physician-scientists, educators, and investigators.

Open to undergraduate sophomore and junior students who are pursuing careers in life and health sciences or thinking about graduate or professional school in these topic areas. The Life-Health Sciences Internships Program connects IUPUI life and health sciences undergraduates with paid research and professional internships on and near the IUPUI campus. This program spans the academic year and matches students with on-campus and campus-affiliated opportunities in research and other professional opportunities. Interns have the opportunity to participate in formal and informal events throughout the year with a final event at the end of the second semester to present project work and findings. Email the Life-Health Sciences Internships coordinator for more information.

In this program for high school sophomore, junior and senior students, participants experience the methods scientists use in unlocking and deciphering the molecular, cellular and genetic basis of diseases and processes such as cancer, diabetes, stem cells and angiogenesis. The Molecular Medicine In Action free program was developed by IU School of Medicine with the Riley Children’s Foundation, Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Indiana Association of Biology Teachers and the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers to provide high school students an inside view of research and science.

Sponsored by the Central Indiana chapter of the American Chemical Society, Project SEED is an eight-week summer research program that gives high school students the opportunity to explore a career in science and participate in research at businesses and universities. The Indianapolis program began in 1973 at the IU School of Medicine. For more information, email Dr. Jim McAteer or call (317) 274-7935.

This program is available for undergraduate students who have completed their freshman or sophomore year with a background in biology, chemistry, physi or engineering and are interested in pursuing an integrated career as a physician-scientist or physician-engineer. Participants receive compensation for ten weeks of summer research. For more information about the Undergraduate Research for Prospective Physician-Scientists and Physician-Engineers Program or to apply, contact Dr.  Brittney-Shea Herbert.

The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center’s Summer Research Program is an eight-week paid program that’s open to full-time high school and undergraduate students. The program strives to increase the number of students from underrepresented populations who are pursuing biomedical and behavioral science careers by providing positive and meaningful firsthand exposure to these fields.

It is open to students who have completed their junior year in high school by the program’s start date and have maintained a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduates in the program must have completed 24 hours of college credit, be majoring in a biomedical or behavioral science and have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2. Applications are due Feb. 23, 2018. Questions? Contact IU School of Medicine’s Health Professions Programs at

The summer Student Research Fellowship Program at the IU School of Medicine–Fort Wayne campus provides basic research skills to undergraduate, graduate and medical students through experience in conducting research independently. Participants in this program gain valuable experience assessing the validity of current clinical practice standards, and the program curriculum emphasizes research methods and data analysis strategies.

Summer externships are available at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for medical students who’ve successfully completed the first year of training and seek additional access to clinical training in a hospital setting.

The IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery offers up to six summer research opportunities in surgery for first-year medical students. Research opportunities are available in the areas of surgery basic science and translational/clinical topics. First-year medical students who are interested in the program are encouraged to identify potential mentors within the department and to develop a short, 300-word research proposal to be reviewed by program leadership.