Van Andel Institute (VAI) offers a summer research internship program designed to provide medical students 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 and core directors/managers. This program is competitive, based on recommendations, previous experience and a personal meeting, telephone interview or interview via Skype. 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.
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 will be reviewed by the Undergraduate & Internship Program Committee, and by VAI faculty and core directors/managers after February 1, 2020. Applicants selected for interviews are generally contacted by mid-February and employment offers are usually extended by end of February. Any inquiries regarding your application should be made via e-mail to email@example.com; inquiries will receive responses as information becomes available.
All offers for the Medical Student Summer Research Internship Program positions will be contingent upon the satisfactory results of a Background Investigation and Drug Screen.
VAI is actively striving to diversify its workforce and strongly encourages qualified individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Van Andel Institute is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer.
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 $15/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 for summer sessions. Students are responsible for their own travel, housing, room and board.
If you require additional information on housing options, please contact Michelle Love at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (98001/VAIGS)
Medical Student Summer Research Internship Program
Van Andel Institute Graduate / Van Andel Institute
333 Bostwick Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2518
Click here for the 2020 medical student research summer internship program application.