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Research Internships Opportunities

  • UNF-Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Animal Behavior Internship

    Academic Year Internships at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens are open to University of North Florida undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students interested in careers in animal behavior research fields. 

    Internships will be full academic year-long projects involving animal behavior under the direction of a scientist at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and under the supervision of UNF faculty.

    Students applying must be full-time UNF students in good standing and have completed BSC 1010C.  Animal Wellness and Research at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens include those in the fields of animal behavior, aging, comparative psychology, ethology, and zoology.  Therefore, upper-level courses related to these fields of research are recommended, but not required.

    Complete applications received by April 5, 2024 will be reviewed by a committee consisting of UNF faculty and administrators.  The decisions of the UNF committee will be announced by mid-June.  Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will then contact students to schedule interviews during the summer semester.  Successful applicants will work at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens during the fall and spring semesters of the next academic year (Fall 2023 and Spring 2024).  Acceptance by the UNF committee does not guarantee placement in a research project at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

    Interns will be required to sign and abide by the terms of the Internship Agreement as well as fulfilling the requirements of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to work at their facility.  Students accepted for the internship should expect to devote a minimum of 20 hours per week to working at the Zoo.  Each successful applicant will be required to register for a minimum of 1 hour of internship credit during each semester of the internship.

    To complete this application, you will need to upload answers to three personal statement-related questions as well as an unofficial copy of your transcripts.  You will also be asked to provide the name and email address of a faculty member who will provide a confidential letter of reference.

    Personal statement questions:

    1. In 500 words or less, describe your long-term career goals.
    2. In 500 words or less, describe the steps you have taken in your academic career to reach your long-term career goals.
    3. In 500 words or less, describe how an experience in a behavioral neuroscience research project at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will assist you in achieving your long-term career goals.
  • UNF-Mayo Clinic U-BRI

    U-BRI - Undergraduate Biomedical Research Internship 

    Did you know that UNF students have an opportunity to work beside Mayo Clinic scientists for two semesters through the UNF-Mayo Clinic Undergraduate Biomedical Research Internship (U-BRI)? 

    You can read more about the program at the following web pages: 

    Additionally, the Biology department will be having a U-BRI Information session on Friday March 15th at 3pm in the main lecture hall (room 1701). Come and hear from current U-BRI students about their experiences in the program

    An Application link can be found here.

    The application deadline is March 29th, 2024.  Applications will be reviewed by an on-campus committee in April. Successful applicants will then interview with Mayo Clinic faculty in May for placement in a laboratory for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025. As many as 12 credits of Mayo Clinic Biomedical Research Internship (BSC 4941) can be used toward your Biology degree (as major and free electives).

    Please direct your questions regarding the U-BRI program to Dr. Ellis (

  • Big10 Summer Research Opportunities

    The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.

    Now in its 37th year, SROP celebrates the achievements of its alumni. To date, 610 program alumni have earned a Ph.D. degree and are now preparing the next generation of SROP scholars as mentors and teachers. Thousands of others have completed graduate training and are pursuing successful careers in government, business, and non-profit agencies.

    Enhance your academic and research skills by working one-on-one with a faculty mentor from top-ranked research institutions. Gain experience as an undergraduate student to put you at an advantage as a graduate applicant:

    • Weekly campus-based educational enrichment activities broaden your view of graduate education and research, along with strengthening your technical skills.
    • Campus workshops inform you about graduate admission procedures, financial aid opportunities, test-taking skills, preparing a presentation, and expose you to a wide range of research fields. Informal social gatherings provide a relaxed setting for students and faculty to exchange ideas and share experiences.
    • At the end of the summer, you present the results of your research project at a  symposium or poster session held on your campus.

    Students wishing to participate in SROP must meet all of the following criteria:

    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale)
    • Be a citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
    • Be enrolled in a degree-granting program at a college or university in the United States, Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territory
    • Have completed at least two semesters of undergraduate education by the time of the summer experience
    • Have at least one semester of undergraduate education remaining after completing the summer research experience
    • Have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D.

    Selected participants will be expected to complete 40 hours of research each week.  Participants must be willing to devote full-time to the program during the eight- to 10-week session.  Due to the intense research schedule, SROP participants are not allowed to work an additional job during the summer program.

    For more information and to apply, visit:


    RISE stands for Research Internships in Science and Engineering. RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American, British and Irish universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. RISE Germany is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

    • Students are matched with a host university or institute according to their area of interest (biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field)
    • DAAD provides students a monthly stipend for three months to help cover living expenses
    • Host universities, universities of applied sciences (UAS) and institutes provide housing assistance and match students with Ph.D. student mentors or researchers (only UAS)
    • German language is not required and the working language will be in English

    For more information, visit:

  • ERAU Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates

    As a pioneer in providing unique undergraduate research opportunities, Embry‑Riddle Aeronautical University is proud to inaugurate an elite, 10-week research experience that will allow undergraduates the chance to work alongside experienced faculty mentors and explore pressing aerospace problems.

    The Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program provides total immersion into all aspects of laboratory work along with other enrichment activities. Students who earn acceptance get a $5,000 stipend, with their housing and meals covered.

    Applications are now open for undergraduates from any university, regardless of major.

    For more information:

  • Mayo Clinic Clinical Research Internship Study Program (CRISP)

    This internship is an unpaid 10-week summer program that gives college students an opportunity to participate in clinical research. This is a great way for you to test your inclination toward careers in medicine, health care, and science. You are placed with a physician mentor to work on a clinical research project.

    Application process

    Applications will open Oct. 1 and will close Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

    Summer 2024 match

    • The summer 2024 match is for May 28, 2024, through Aug. 2, 2024
    • All students accepted into the program must be available on the first day to attend the mandatory orientation — no exceptions will be given


    To be eligible for the internship, you must:

    • Be currently enrolled in or a graduate of an accredited U.S. college or university
      • Recent graduates should typically have graduated no longer than 13 months prior to CRISP start date
      • CRISP is intended for students not yet matriculated into professional degree-seeking programs (such as medical, dental, or pharmacy schools)
        • A limited number of spots may be awarded to exceptional applicants in professional degree-seeking programs
    • Have completed your freshman year of college
    • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Be seriously considering a career in health care or clinical research

    Applicants are selected based on academic performance, work and volunteer experiences, leadership qualities, and representation of personal qualities and skills in a personal letter. 


    A physician mentor directs each student's Clinical Research Internship Study Program (CRISP) learning experience for the research project. The Mayo Clinic Institutional Review Board (IRB) approves all research projects.

    To successfully complete the program, you must:

    • Comply with all program and institutional policies
    • Participate in an ongoing research investigation
    • Develop skills in research methodology
    • Participate in assigned educational activities
    • Present a written summary and oral presentation of their research at the end of the program

    CRISP students work on a variety of research topics. Some examples of previous projects:

    • Injury in marathon runners
    • Aortic aneurysm and smoking
    • Liver transplant in patients older than 70
    • Warfarin anticoagulation in acute intracranial hemorrhage
    • Screw placement in the spine using 3-D images

    You are expected to attend our lecture series aimed at helping to develop your professionalism. You will be offered time in our Simulation Center during your internship.


    You are expected to commit a minimum of 20 hours a week to be at Mayo Clinic to work on your research project.

    For more information and to apply, visit:

  • Mayo Clinic FOUR Stroke Education Internship

    Mayo Clinic’s Finding Opportunities in the Underrepresented (FOUR) in Stroke Education internship is a one-year program that provides college students from underrepresented minorities an opportunity to learn about health care and stroke, gain clinical exposure in the hospital setting, and empower participants to educate their community on stroke.

    The internship is a great way for you to test your inclination toward a career in medicine, health care, and science. You will work closely throughout the year with your physician mentor, who will serve as an educator, mentor, and resource for your future career path.  

    Application process

    2023 FOUR Stroke Education Internship application timeline

    Application window Interview dates Program dates
    Nov. 1, 2023 - Jan. 7, 2024 Jan. 31 and Feb. 2, 2024 June 3-May 31, 2024



    To be eligible for the internship, you must:

    • Be an underrepresented minority or have a commitment to serving the medically underserved population
    • Be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university
    • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Be seriously considering a career in healthcare or clinical research

    Applicants are selected based on grades, work, and volunteer experiences, leadership qualities, and representation of personal qualities and skills in a personal letter.


    The educational curriculum will allow the student to learn about a career in health care, the neurosciences, and stroke neurology. Twice a month, students will have lectures that range from professionalism, presenting medical cases, neurobiology of stroke, basic neuroanatomy, medical terminology, neuroimaging, stroke epidemiology, acute stroke therapies, and stroke prevention. Courses will be a mixture of online lectures and modules and in-person lectures.

    The clinical exposure provides a hospital-based neurology clinical experience. Students will round with the Mayo Clinic stroke team twice a month, observing the evaluation, care, and treatment of stroke patients in the hospital. Here, the students will be able to apply the knowledge from their didactics to the bedside. They will be able to learn how to present cases that they have observed.

    The hospital setting allows opportunities to better understand the team dynamics of providers in different healthcare roles, observe the patient-provider relationship, and interact with trainees at different stages of their medical education. Here, the student will also be able to identify a mentor that may guide them well past their graduation from the program.

    The community outreach aspect of the program empowers the student to educate members of their community on stroke prevention and preparedness. Students will be tasked to teach four friends or family members about stroke, including:

    • Four common stroke risk factors
    • Four common stroke symptoms
    • Four things to do if someone is having a stroke
    • Four acute stroke treatments available

    To successfully complete the program, the student must:

    • Comply with all program and institutional policies
    • Participate in assigned educational activities
    • Attend at least 80% of hospital rotation dates
    • Educate at least four friends or family members about stroke
    • Complete a pre-program and post-program survey
    • Present a written summary and oral presentation of their experience at the end of the program

    Schedule and time commitment

    You are expected to commit a minimum of three or four hours a week at Mayo Clinic for hospital rounds or lectures. Selected students will work with their mentor to determine a mutually agreeable schedule.

    For more information and to apply, visit:

  • Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

    The Mayo Clinic SURF Program has helped thousands of undergraduate students explore their interests in research. As a summer fellow, you will be immersed in research opportunities. You’ll gain valuable experience in the lab and work closely with your mentor on a research project designed specifically for summer students.

    In addition to their lab work, fellows  also describe some of their unique experiences:

    • Mentors. The daily experience of learning from Mayo Clinic faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, medical students, and others who are farther along their career paths.
    • Real-world research insight and experience. The excitement of gaining hands-on experience with real-world research projects at a major medical center. And, because the questions they are studying are at the forefront of science, many students earn acknowledgment or co-authorship in articles submitted to professional publications.
    • Top-notch scientists. The opportunities they had for close collaboration with nationally and internationally recognized scientists.
    • Modern facilities. The chance to learn how to use world-class instrumentation in state of the art research facilities.
    • Community. Great times living, learning, and working with the whole SURF community.

    We work hard to bring together a wide variety of talented, motivated students from all ethnic, geographic, educational, and economic groups.

    Research specialization options

    Our undergraduate summer research program provides opportunities for current college students interested in expanding their research experience in a variety of specialized research areas: 

    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Biomedical Engineering and Physiology
    • Clinical and Translation Sciences
    • Immunology
    • Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
    • Neuroscience
    • Regenerative Sciences
    • Virology and Experiments

    Application window

    Application window: Nov. 1, 2023 - Feb. 1, 2024
    Program dates: May 28 - Aug. 2, 2024

    For more information and to apply, visit:

  • Nemours Biomedical Research Program (NSURP)

    The Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Program (NSURP)is accepting applications for funded Summer Research Scholar positions in our Summer 2024 program. NSURP is a 10-week, full-time program that offers opportunities consisting of laboratory-based, translational, and clinical biomedical research projects. The available positions are located at four Nemours sites:

    • Nemours Children’s Health, Delaware in Wilmington, DE
    • Nemours Children’s Health, Jacksonville in Jacksonville, FL
    • Nemours Children’s Health, Florida in Orlando, FL
    • Nemours Children’s Health, Pensacola in Pensacola, FL

    The location of each project is specified in the Project Abstracts, available in the NSURP application.

    Online applications: Accepted December 1, 2023 through January 15, 2024.  All letters of reference must be received by 11:59 PM EST on January 31, 2024 for consideration by the selection committee; applications lacking letters of reference after January 31st will be considered incomplete. 

    Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students at the time of application, a US citizen or legal permanent resident, and have a minimum 3.2 college GPA (4.0 scale).  Applicants should also have interest in research, medicine, healthcare, science, public health, or related fields.

    Program information: Program dates are May 28 through August 2, 2024. During the program, Nemours clinical and research faculty will guide students through the process of formulating and testing hypotheses, interpreting data, and communicating results, while working on active research projects.  Available projects vary each year. Training is provided on human subjects’ protection, animal welfare, responsible conduct of research, and research ethics.  Program activities include a student-focused seminar series, undergraduate-oriented journal club, clinical shadowing, and engagement in other educational programs.  All students present their research project and findings to the community via poster sessions and oral presentations. Family and friends are invited to attend these events.

    Additional information and the online application

  • REU @ UCF
    Please see the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) opportunities at nearby UCF (University of Central Florida).
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Summer Internship

    Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program

    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 (summer internship) in either laboratory research or clinical research.

    For more information: 

  • UAB Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine Summer Programs

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine plan and host clinical and research undergraduate summer programs that provide an enhanced scientific and professional preparation for students aspiring toward a career in medicine or biomedical sciences. The listed programs provide discipline-specific training and opportunities for smaller-scale connections within the overall community.

    Cystic Fibrosis Summer Research Program (CF SURP)

    Blazer Broadening Representation And Inclusion in Neuroscience (Blazer BRAIN)

    HudsonAlpha Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Genomic Medicine (SURE-GM)

    Kidney Undergraduate Research Program (KURE)

    Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM)


    Short Term Research Experience for Under-Represented Persons (STEP-UP)

    Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funded Program

    Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program

    Surgery Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

  • UM Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center (F-CVC) is pleased to offer a 10-week summer undergraduate research fellowship to support undergraduate students interested in basic cardiovascular research in the summer of 2022. The program is expected to start Tuesday, May 28, 2024, and ends Friday, August 2, 2024. 

    The program is jointly funded by the F-CVC, Esperance Family Foundation, and American Heart Association (AHA) to offer at least 30 fellowship positions within the program. Each fellow will be notified of their funding source at orientation.

    Each fellow will be matched to a laboratory led by an F-CVC faculty member and participate in nationally recognized research in areas such as atherosclerosis, genetic cardiomyopathies, blood clotting disorders, cardiac arrhythmias, vascular biology, and heart failure.

    Fellows are expected to work in their mentor’s lab, attend weekly scientific seminar series, participate in organized social events, and at the end of the program, present their summer research findings at the End of Summer Symposium where fellows give an oral PowerPoint presentation to faculty, staff, and peers.

    The fellowship stipend is paid via bi-weekly paychecks (direct deposit available) at a rate of $15 per hour (pre-tax) for ten weeks of full-time work (40 hours per week).

  • Yale Conservation Scholar

    Led by Dr. Dorceta Taylor, Program Director and Principal Investigator, the Yale Conservation Scholars – Early Leadership Initiative (YCS- ELI) is a paid summer opportunity for undergraduates interested in conservation. YCS-ELI is dedicated to creating a diverse environment that uplifts and supports students traditionally underrepresented in the conservation field and who are interested in careers in the sector. Candidates of any identity and background are welcome apply.

    The application date is Monday, January 15th at 11:59 pm EST. 

    Any questions can be directed to