Van Andel Research Institute offers a summer research internship program designed to provide medical students (typically between their first and second year) the opportunity to work closely with a research mentor on a project exploring the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of human disease. The goal of this program is to introduce medical students to the concepts and practice of design, implementation, interpretation and presentation of basic biomedical research.
We expect to support two internships, depending on the needs of the Institute’s faculty. This program is competitive, based on grades, recommendations, previous experience and a personal meeting or phone interview. Students are expected to work full-time for the duration of the internship, so participation in this program is not compatible with working at another job.
The internship will be a six to nine-week research experience based on the time availability of the applicant.
Each applicant’s internship will be based on their research interests selected on the application form. Each experience will be different based on the research question, mentor and status of the project. Work environments include any of the basic science laboratories at VARI.
Medical students must currently be enrolled and in good standing their current year of medical school.
International students are eligible to apply if they meet the requirements for the program and are legally permitted to work and earn income in the United States. The Institute will not sponsor visas for summer-only employment.
Completed applications are accepted starting in December and will be reviewed by VARI faculty after March 15, 2018. Applicants selected for interviews are generally contacted by mid-March and employment offers are usually extended by the end of March. Any inquiries regarding your application should be made via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assignments may involve the use of potentially hazardous chemicals, hazardous or radioactive materials, or may be in areas where such materials are used. Adherence to safety policies and procedures along with proper storage and disposal methods are required.
The Medical Student Summer Research Internship Program will be limited to a 40 hour work week with pay at $14/hr.
Student Interns are not eligible for holiday pay on the following days VAI officially closes for business:
Local area colleges/universities may have student housing available. Students are responsible for their own travel, housing, room and board.
Please note that student housing at local area colleges/universities is typically available starting the second week in May and move-out dates are typically between the first and second week in August.
Students will have the option to purchase a $15 parking pass for the ramp on Michigan St., directly across from the Institute.
Undergraduate & Internship Program Committee
Van Andel Institute Graduate School
333 Bostwick Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2518