Undergraduate Research

Opportunity awaits

The journey to a Ph.D. starts far earlier than graduate school. To help undergraduate students prepare for the next steps in their academic careers, Van Andel Institute Graduate School is pleased to offer several outstanding programs. Explore them below.

For questions, please email undergrad@vai.edu.

How to apply

Internship opportunities

The Institute’s student internship programs enable college students to participate in research projects in Van Andel Research Institute laboratories. This at-the-bench experience helps shape the career paths for aspiring researchers and clinicians.

Why intern at VAI?

Learn what the Institute has to offer.

Program details

Summer interns gain a wealth of hands-on research experience during their time in the Institute’s labs.

How to apply

Get all the details on eligibility, application materials and more.

Medical Student Research Internship Program

This research internship program provides medical students with the opportunity to work closely with a research mentor on a project exploring the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of human disease.

Past internship participants

View the previous classes of interns.

Guest students

U.S. and international college students receive academic credit at their home institution for research projects conducted in VARI laboratories.


This annual conference attracts more than 300 students and faculty from regional colleges and universities to present their research projects and to build professional networks.