Health Professions

Abington Memorial Hospital

Abington Memorial Hospital offers a program which allows students considering a career in medicine to gain first-hand experience in the health care field. A community teaching hospital, Abington was founded in 1914 and serves residents of Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia counties. More than 90 resident physicians receive postgraduate medical education at the hospital every year. Abington Memorial Hospital also operates the Dixon School of Nursing, the School of Radiologic Technology and the School of Medical Technology. Our accredited Emergency Trauma Center is the only regional trauma center in Montgomery County designated by the Trauma Systems Foundation.

In order to gain an understanding of the work and responsibilities of a physician in a modern hospital complex, volunteers are required to work a minimum of four hours a week, including at least one weekend during the summer, in the Emergency Trauma Center. Since most program participants have full-time jobs, hours may be scheduled for evenings and weekends. They also attend a weekly seminar with hospital staff members to become familiar with subjects relating to medical careers. Topics include basic and specialty areas of practice, medical school admission, medical ethics and others. An evening or day in a primary care physician's office is also required.

Additional opportunities such as observing in surgery, making rounds with members of the house staff and observing in other hospital departments may be arranged.


  • Applicants must have completed the sophomore year in college.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a course of study qualifying them for medical school entrance and achieve adequate grades in these
  • Applicants must spend at least six to eight hours a week in the program during the summer (including seminars and volunteer work).
  • Applicants must exhibit a mature attitude toward the responsibilities and privileges of the pre-med volunteer program.

Preference will be given to students living in the immediate hospital area.

If you have questions or would like to receive an application form for the program, contact:

Abington Memorial Hospital
Volunteer Resources Department
1200 Old York Road
Abington, PA 19001-3788
(215) 481-2490 (email)

Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Gateways to The Laboratory Summer Program

The Gateways to the Laboratory Program is highlighted by the NIH as one of the top ten summer programs for underrepresented and disadvantaged students.  The focus is on freshman and sophomore college students interested in pursuing a MD/PhD. 

15 students are accepted in this 10 week program in NYC. Students receive a stipend.  For further information, please contact or call 212-746-6023.

Fourth Annual Genetic Counseling Summer Camp
Sarah Lawrence College

Students will meet professional genetic counselors and learn about
the various roles they have within the healthcare arena.
They will engage in learning about current edge technologies
and the implications about genomics testing.

For further information, visit:

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children - Wilmington, DE
Summer Undergraduate Research Program

This is a paid opportunity available to current undergraduate students interested in biomedical research.

For further information, please visit

Reading Hospital and Medical Center

The Reading Hospital is offering a six week internship to work in their Internal Medicine, Family Medicine or Obstetrics/Gynecology Departments.

The grant is restricted to those students who are either pre-med students who are completing their junior or senior year of college or medical students who are completing their first year of training.  Positions will be selective. 
Candidates will be chosen on the basis of the following credentials:

  • College transcript
  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation from premedical/medical advisor or comparable person
  • Personal statement describing level of interest and aptitude in medicine a description of
    benefits that he/she will gain from the program

 What does the six-week program involve? 

  • Exposure to clinical environments in the areas of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine
    and Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Development of a mentoring relationship with a teaching faculty member
  • Introduction to important concepts involving the doctor/patient relationship
  • A chance to explore physiology and pathophysiology in one area of medicine
  • Participation in a research project that will emphasize research skills
  • Introduction into the basic aspects of clinical epidemiology
  • The opportunity to participate in manuscript preparation, which could result in publication
    (this is likely to occur after the six-week program)

Daily activities will include observation of clinical care, a research project, didactic programs, and assigned readings.  At the end of the
six- week program the student will be expected to create a portfolio and write a paper reflecting on how the experience has impacted him/her on both a personal and professional level.  

The student will receive a stipend of $2500 free meals at the cafeteria and free parking.  Dormitory rooms are available for those living beyond community distance. 

Inquiries should be forwarded to the Director of Medical Education at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. David George,
PO Box 16052, Reading, PA  19612,, (610) 988-8133. 

University of Pennsylvania - School of Veterinary Medicine
VETS Program

The Veterinary Exploration Through Science program is a day program of one week sessions.  Students will participate in rotations with fourth year vet students and experience veterinary medicine throughout their small animal hospital. 

Applications are available at  For further information, contact 215-898-5434 or email

Columbia Summer Institute in Narrative Medicine

This program is for pre-medical college students, medical students, and other health care fields, who want to develop knowledge and skill in Narrative Medicine.  The focus will be on the fundamentals of narrative approaches to clinical care.

For further information, visit

Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine

This program will offer a varied introduction to the world of nephrology for undergraduate college students considering a career in medicine or science.  It will be primarily research based, but will include curriculum that addresses the basic science and clinical fundamentals and challenges in the field.  The program will span the nephrology divisions of 4 Harvard affiliated hospital - Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston's Children's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

For further information, visit

New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Summer Internship Program

This is a great opportunity to find out more about the field of podiatric medicine

Students must have completed 60 credit hours with a minimum 3.0 GPA.  For further information, visit or

Summer Medical and Dental  Education Programs -


Below is an extensive list of Summer Research Opportunities courtesy of Dr. David Thurlow and Wendy Praisner from Clark University:

  1. Alabama A&M University Department of Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program
  2. U. of Alabama Department of Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program
  3. Albany Medical College Graduate Studies Program Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities
  4. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Internship Opportunities for Students with DisabilitieAmerican Mathematical Society (AMS) Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Programs
  5. U. of Arizona Collaborative Research in the Chemical Sciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  6. U. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
  7. U. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
  8. Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
  9. Baylor College of Medicine Summer Medical and Research Training (SMART) Program
  10. Baylor U. CASPER (Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research) Summer Undergraduate Research Program
  11. Biogen Idec Summer Internship Program
  12. Brigham Young University Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates
  13. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Summer Research Program in Genomics
  14. U. of California, Davis Physics Department NSF-REU Program
  15. U. of California, Riverside Bioengineering Research Institute for Technical Excellence (BRITE) NSF-REU Program
  16. U. of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy Summer Research Training Program
  17. U. of California, Santa Barbara Materials Research Laboratory Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)
  18. U. of California, Santa Cruz Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
  19. Caltech (California Institute of Technology) Amgen Scholars Program
  20. Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
  21. Carnegie Mellon University Department of Biological Sciences NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  22. Case Western Reserve University NSF Undergraduate Summer Research Experience
  23. Case Western Reserve University Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Biomedical Engineering
  24. Case Western Reserve University Summer Undergraduate Research in Pharmacology (SURP)
  25. U. of Central Florida NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Lasers, Optics, and Optical Materials
  26. U. of Chicago Department of Physics Summer REU Opportunities for Minorities and Women
  27. U. of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research (PSOMER) Program
  28. U. of Cincinnati College of Medicine Summer Undergrad Research Fellowship (SURF)
  29. Univ. of Cincinnati Summer Undergraduate Research Training Program in Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  30. Coe College Chemistry Department Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
  31. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Watson School of Biological Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program
  32. College of William and Mary Department of Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program
  33. Colorado State University Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program in Molecular Biosciences
  34. Columbia University/Barnard College Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program
  35. Columbia University Medical Center Summer Program for Under-Represented Students (SPURS) Biomedical Research Program
  36. UConn. School of Pharmacy Internships and Summer Research Opportunities in Pharmaceutics
  37. Coriell Institute for Medical Research Summer Internship Program
  38. Dartmouth Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program in Molecular and Cell Biology
  39. Drexel University College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  40. Emory University Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) Behavioral Research Advancements in Neuroscience (BRAIN) Summer Program
  41. Harvard University FAS Center for Systems Biology Undergraduate Summer Research Internships
  42. Hope College Summer Hope Academic Research Program (SHARP)
  43. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Janelia Undergraduate Summer Scholars
  44. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Diabetes
  45. Indiana U. Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Animal Behavior
  46. Indiana U. Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program
  47. The Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Research Program
  48. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Graduate Programs Summer Internship Program (SIP)
  49. Joslin Diabetes Center Summer Research Student Internship Program
  50. U. of Kentucky Chemistry Department Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
  51. Lehigh University Biosystems Dynamics Summer Institute Research Internships
  52. Lehigh University Department of Physics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program
  53. U. of Louisville Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities
  54. Marquette University College of Health Sciences Biomedical Sciences Summer Research Program
  55. Marquette University Summer Research Program in Biology
  56. U. of Maryland Baltimore County Summer Biomedical Training Program
  57. U. of Maryland Department of Psychology Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Summer Research Internship Program for Undergraduates
  58. U. of Maryland School of Medicine Summer Research Programs
  59. Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
  60. Medical College of Wisconsin Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)
  61. Medical University of South Carolina College of Graduate Studies Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
  62. Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program (USRP)
  63. U. of Michigan Chemistry Program Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
  64. U. of Michigan Medical School Office of Diversity and Career Development Summer Opportunities for Apprenticeships in Research (MedSOAR)
  65. U. of Michigan Program in Biomedical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  66. U. of Michigan Space Physics Research Laboratory Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
  67. U. of Michigan Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at CERN
  68. U. of Minnesota Chemistry Department Summer Undergraduate Research Program (REU)
  69. U. of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
  70. Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program
  71. U. of Mississippi Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience (CPN) Neuroscience Scholars Summer Program
  72. U. of Mississippi Summer Research Institute for Undergraduates
  73. U. of Missouri-Columbia Cell and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Research Program
  74. MIT Amgen Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Scholars Program
  75. Monell Chemical Senses Center Science Apprenticeship Program
  76. Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory Undergraduate Research
  77. Mount Sinai School of Medicine Graduate School of Biological Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
  78. NASA/New York Space Grant Undergraduate Summer Research Program at Cornell University (for NY state residents)
  79. National Cancer Institute (NCI) Introduction to Cancer Research Careers (ICRC) Program
  80. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Biomedical Research Training Program for Individuals from Underrepresented Groups
  81. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Summer Programs in Biomedical Research
  82. National Human Genome Research Institute Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research
  83. National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF) Physics Laboratory Research Opportunities
  84. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Summer Research Training Program
  85. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Biomedical Research
  86. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Summer Program in the Neurological Sciences and Other Neuroscience Research Training and Funding Opportunities
  87. National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) Research Experience for Undergraduates Program
  88. National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
  89. National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Centers Undergraduate Summer Internships
  90. U. of Nebraska-Lincoln Summer Research Program
  91. U. of Nebraska-Lincoln Summer Undergraduate Research Training in Redox Biology
  92. U. of Nebraska Medical Center Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program
  93. U. of Nebraska Medical Center MD/PhD Summer Undergraduate Research Program
  94. U. of Nevada, Reno Chemistry Department Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  95. New York Space Grant Program Undergraduate Research Opportunities (for NY state residents)
  96. New York University Center for Neural Science Summer Undergradute Research Program
  97. U. of North Texas Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Summer Multicultural Advanced Research Training (SMART) Program
  98. U. of North Texas Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Summer Training Among Research Scientists (STARS) Program
  99. U. of Notre Dame Biological Sciences Department NSF Summer Undergraduate Research Program
  100. U. of Notre Dame Nano Bioengineering Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
  101. U. of Notre Dame Summer Research Program in Physics
  102. Oakland University Summer Institute in Bioengineering and Health Informatics
  103. Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Educational and Research Experiences for Undergrads
  104. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Research Alliance in Math and Science (RAMS) Program
  105. Ohio U. College of Osteopathic Medicine Summer Scholars Program
  106. Pasteur Foundation Paul W. Zuccaire Summer Internship Program
  107. Penn State College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program
  108. U. of Pennsylvania Nano/Bio Interface Center Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
  109. U. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Gastroenterology Division Undergraduate Student Scholars Program
  110. Pepperdine University Seaver College Summer Undergraduate Research in Biology
  111. U. of Pittsburgh Center for Neuroscience Summer Undergraduate Research Program
  112. U. of Pittsburgh/CMU MSTP Summer Undergraduate Research Program for Underrepresented Students (SURPUS)
  113. U. of Pittsburgh Musculoskeletal Research Center Summer Research Program
  114. U. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
  115. U. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP)
  116. Purdue University Undergraduate Summer Research Programs
  117. Rochester Institute of Technology Co-op/Internship Opportunities Links
  118. U. of Rochester Center for Visual Science Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Vision Science
  119. U. of Rochester Medical Center Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
  120. Sandia National Labs Internships
  121. Siteman Cancer Center Summer Research Opportunities
  122. U. of South Alabama NSF-REU in Structure and Function of Proteins
  123. SRI Molecular Physics Laboratory REU Program
  124. Stanford University Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURE)
  125. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program
  126. Summer Undergraduate Research Programs in Life Sciences List
  127. SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine Summer Research Program
  128. Swarthmore College List of Health-Related Summer Opportunities
  129. Syracuse University Department of Chemistry NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
  130. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Summer Accelerated Biomedical Research (SABR) Internships
  131. U. of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Pharmacology Department Summer Research Program
  132. U. of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy Undergraduate Summer Research Program
  133. U. of Texas Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Green Fellowships
  134. U. of Texas Southwestern Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (QP-SURF)
  135. U. of Texas Southwestern Undergraduate Medical Research Fellows Program
  136. Theravance (a biopharmaceutical company) Summer Internships
  137. Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program for Premedical Students at Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  138. U. of Utah College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Summer Undergraduate Research Program
  139. U. of Utah NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Integrative Biology for Undergraduates Program
  140. U. of Utah School of Medicine Summer MCAT Preparation and Research/Clinical Training Scholars Program
  141. Van Andel Institute Frederik and Lena Meijer Student Internship Program
  142. Vanderbilt U. Summer Science Academy Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship
  143. Vanderbilt U. Summer Science Academy Undergraduate Summer Research Programs
  144. Vanderbilt U. Vascular Biology Summer Research Program for Minority Students
  145. U. of Virginia School of Medicine Summer Research Internship Program
  146. Wadsworth Center Department of Biomedical Sciences Summer Research Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
  147. Washington U. in St. Louis Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program (BioMed RAP)
  148. Washington U. in St. Louis School of Medicine Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology Summer Research Program
  149. West Penn Allegheny Health System Center for Genomic Sciences Undergraduate Research Internships
  150. U. of Wisconsin-Madison Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program for Undergraduates
  151. Yale Science and Engineering Research (YSER) Programs and Funding Opportunities for Undergraduates
  152. Yale U. School of Medicine Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
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