Cancer Disparities 2018 Summer Internship

The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, in collaboration with the Program in Health Disparities Research, sponsors a nine-week internship program designed to give undergraduate students from Minnesota's racial/ethnic minority and underrepresented communities’ research experience in the health sciences.

The 8-week internships provide a meaningful research experience at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center for undergraduate students interested in health sciences. The research experiences are in lab settings or community-based research. Students will work full time with academic mentors Monday through Friday. The internship runs from June 11 – August 10, 2018.

The Masonic Cancer Center/PHDR and CTSI Summer Research Programs share one application for admittance into their respective programs. Students may be considered for one or both of the programs by selecting their program choice(s) in the application. Applications opened on December 6, 2017. 

Program Overview

  • Learn how health disparities are addressed through community-engaged research.

  • Engage in research related to faculty mentor’s area of investigation in basic biomedical, translational, clinical, and/or community-based research.

  • Attend weekly seminars and workshops on topics such as interdisciplinary research, applying for medical or professional schools, and the root causes of health disparities.

  • Shadow a clinician for up to 28 hours throughout the course of the summer.

  • Present a poster to academic members and community partners at the end of the summer.

  • Pair with a predetermined faculty mentor to participate in cancer-related research projects.

Internship Program Goals

  • Improve knowledge about health disparities

  • Improve knowledge about how various health topics relate to cancer

  • Build relationships with people who can serve as advisers or mentors

  • Learn research skills, ethical standards, and professional protocols

Application Information

  • Qualified candidates are incoming undergraduate college students from any Minnesota college or university or are from Minnesota.

  • Qualified candidates plan to become health care or research professionals and are from minority communities or other under-represented groups. 


Vicki Schmeling
Education Coordinator
Phone: (612)626-6437  


Letter of Recommendations
Application deadline is Monday, February 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm. 
No late applications will be accepted.