Van Andel Institute (VAI) offers a 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 Zoom. 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.
Applications will be accepted starting December 2020. Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from December 2020 through March 2021 for medical student internships with employment start dates between April 1, 2021 – November 1, 2021.
The internship will be a six to nine-week research experience based on the time availability of the applicant.
Medical students must be currently enrolled and in good standing with their medical school.
Van Andel Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. We strongly encourage undergraduate student applicants from minority serving institutions including historically black colleges & universities, tribal colleges & universities and Hispanic serving institutions, as well as McNair Scholars.
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. Van Andel Institute does not sponsor visas for interns.
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from December 2020 through March 2021 for internships with employment start dates between April 1, 2021 – November 1, 2021. Completed applications will be reviewed by the Undergraduate & Internship Program Committee, as well as the VAI faculty and core directors/managers. Any inquiries regarding your application should be made via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; inquiries will receive responses as information becomes available.
All offers for the Medical Student Research Internship Program positions will be contingent upon the satisfactory results of a Background Investigation and Drug Screen.
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 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 for the summer:
Local area colleges/universities may have student housing available. Students are responsible for their own travel, housing, room and board.
If you require additional information on housing options, please contact Michelle Love at email@example.com.
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 Research Internship Program
Van Andel Institute Graduate / Van Andel Institute
333 Bostwick Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2518
Complete VAI’s online employment application thoroughly, in addition to uploading your cover letter and resume as a single PDF file.