Health – Current Opportunities

Opportunities to enroll in various programs, internships, and scholarships are always passing through our office and we felt they would be better accessible if they are posted on our website! You can also find a comprehensive directory of numerous summer programs offered via the following link, courtesy of the Colleges of Arts & Sciences: Directory of Summer Internships

Research Opportunities
Health Experience Opportunities
Graduate & Professional School Events & Opportunities
Job Opportunities
Scholarship Opportunities

Research Opportunities

John A. Burns School of Medicine

There are many ongoing research activities at JABSOM. Please visit the website.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – UIC College of Pharmacy

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in the UIC College of Pharmacy, funded by American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, aims to introduce undergraduate students to research in biomedical sciences.  We are inviting applications from domestic sophomores and juniors majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or related field. Application deadline is February 1, 2016.

Detailed information can be found on the website:


Ohio State University Medical Center – SUCCESS Program

The SUCCESS Program will enable students to participate in a 10‐week enriching research experience hosted by the Medical Scientist Training Program (stipend and travel allowance provided). While taking part in this program, students will take valuable professional development courses and learn from engaged mentors; all while working in state‐of‐the‐art research facilities.

The SUCCESS program seeks to identify outstanding students interested in the biomedical sciences with the goal of pursuing graduate education (MD/PhD or PhD). The program seeks to enhance and foster diversity in graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences as reflected in culture, class, race, ethnicity, background, work, and life experiences. The program especially encourages applications from African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others whose backgrounds and experiences would bring diversity to the field.

For more information click here


MHIRT Summer Research

The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program is now accepting applications for Spring and Summer 2016. The MHIRT Program is a research experience where students learn to conduct research during the spring semester and then conduct an 8-week research project on health and health disparities in Thailand or Cameroon during the summer.

The Program benefits include:

  • Quality experience in research
  • Summer stipend of $1000/month for 3 months
  • Roundtrip airfare and paid living expenses abroad
  • Life changing research and cultural experience

Applicants must be: 1) a US citizen or permanent resident, 2) from an under-represented minority background (which includes Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, Filipinos, Hispanic Americans/Latinos, African Americans/Blacks, American Indians and Alaska Natives), 3) from a socioeconomically disadvantaged background or 4) from rural areas.

The 2016 application is available at:

The deadline for the 2016 program is December 1, 2015. For more information, contact Dr. Vivek R. Nerurkar ( or Dr. Diane Wallace Taylor (

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)

Summer research experience is available for undergraduates! Research is available for several science fields, including astronomy, biosciences, engineering, physics, and psychology, as well as general and special interest programs.

Check out their website for more information. Deadlines vary based on the research program.

Also, if you’re interested in research opportunities in Hawaii, the mainland, and even abroad, check out these opportunities!

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program

Our goal in offering this fellowship is to give talented undergraduate students the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of intensive, hypothesis-drive laboratory research. We especially welcome applications from students who are interested in research as a potential career, including students interested in PhD and MD/PhD programs. We expect applicants to SIBS to have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate coursework. Click here for more information.

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) 

The PARAdiGM program focuses on undergraduates from diverse and underrepresented minority backgrounds, and offers the opportunity to participate in the program for two summers. In addition to working in the laboratory of a faculty mentor with an actively funded biomedical research program, PARAdiGM participants will learn about careers in academic medical centers (AMCs) by shadowing clinician-investigators in their clinics, as well as on in-patient rounds. At the end of the first summer in the program, the students will write an abstract and participate in both a local and national poster presentation of their research results. The students will also receive instruction in essay writing, MCAT preparation, and critical career skills. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide undergraduate students with an understanding and appreciation of the biomedical research process so as to encourage them to pursue careers studying patients and their diseases after further postgraduate training in graduate and medical education. The PARAdiGM program is especially useful for students who do not have local access to biomedical research and/or academic physician-scientist role models. Click here for more information.

Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program in New York City for Pre-MD/PhD Students

  • Ideal for students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degree (this program is run by the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program).
  • 10 weeks of independent research at either Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center or The Rockefeller University (all in NYC).
  • Present & participate in weekly journal clubs
  • Scrub into surgeries at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
  • Give an oral, written and poster presentation of your research in front of your family (who are flown in for the event), friends and colleagues.
  • Receive on going mentorship by your “Big Sib” (a current MD-PhD student), as well as weekly meetings with the Program’s leadership.
  • Receive a stipend of $4,300 (minus the cost of housing).
  • Gateways alumni are accepted and matriculate in the top MD-PhD Programs in the country!

For further information (including eligibility) and an on-line application, please visit our website. Application deadline is February 1, 2016.

MIT – Amgen-UROP Scholars Program

Now entering its tenth year, the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program invites undergraduates to participate in faculty-mentored summer research in MIT laboratories. This intensive nine-week program focuses on cultivating and supporting partnerships between MIT faculty and undergraduates in the areas of science and biotechnology. Students indicating a strong desire to engage in research collaborations within these areas will be selected from colleges and universities from around the U.S., as well as the MIT undergraduate population. Click here for more information

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Health Experience Opportunities

International Student Volunteers (ISV)

ISV is the world’s highest rated volunteer program by over 30,000 student participants with an average rating of 4.85 out of 5. The organization has earned the endorsement of 32 members, who serve on the Board of Reference, from the US Congress. It was also named as one of the “Top Ten Volunteer Organizations” by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy and the US State Department in 2010.

ISV offers international travel programs for tens of thousands of students across 6 continents. Volunteer abroad programs are available in 6 different countries: COSTA RICA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SOUTH AFRICA, and THAILAND.

For more information, visit their website at:

Cross-Cultural Solutions

“More than ever, people around the world want change. Change in the inequities that polarize. Change in the corrupt systems that prevent self-determination. Change in the unjust repression of entire populations. But the change we all wish to see won’t be realized through big, sweeping acts—not by governments, or armies, or the UN. Instead, lasting change will be achieved through small, personal acts of kindness and selflessness, and through the spreading of tolerance and understanding between people and cultures. Only as people become more willing to change themselves—the way they think, the way they act—will real change become possible.

It is exactly these types of changes that Cross-Cultural Solutions makes possible. The passion that you bring to your volunteer abroad experience will start a ripple effect, bringing change to people and the communities in which they live. Meanwhile, you’ll find wisdom and beauty in a way of life different from your own. You’ll discover the critical role that every individual plays in achieving lasting change. You’ll see that volunteering abroad can be a safe and exciting adventure—the trip of a lifetime where you can learn about another culture while learning about yourself. Change in the world begins with you. You’re closer than ever to making an incredible difference.”

Volunteer Destinations: Bangkok, Thailand; Cartago, Costa Rica; Dharamsala, India; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; Lima, Peru; New Delhi, India; Rabat, Morocco; Salvador, Brazil; Volta Region, Ghana.

Volunteer Opportunities: Education & Literacy Project, Child Development Project, Aging with Dignity Project, Support for People with Disabilities Project, HIV/AIDS Project, Global Health Project.

For more information, please visit the website:

Gap Medics

Have you always been curious as to what the day-to-day life of a doctor truly entails? What about the life of a nurse, a midwife, a physician assistant, or a dentist? Come find out on the organization’s shadowing program! Whether you are looking to enhance your application to graduate school or to develop in-depth insight into your choice of profession, there is no better way to learn about your career than by shadowing professionals in their environment.

Students most often join us for a two-week program, but you would be welcome to join us for one to four weeks or more! As our programs run every week of the year, commencing every weekend, you can choose when you would like to travel.

Volunteer Destinations: Poland, Tanzania, Croatia, and Thailand.

Volunteer Programs: Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Midwifery, Community Volunteer.

For more information, visit their website at:   

China California Heart Watch

The China California Heart Watch, a non-for-profit charity whose mission includes medical research, teaching and clinical care in rural Yunnan Province, China is seeking students, particularly those interested in future careers in medicine, public health, or related fields to participate in an externship this year. This program allows students the opportunity for first-hand experience of medical problems – particularly cardiovascular problems – and care in the impoverished communities of Yunnan.

The internship will be conducted under the direction of Professor Bob Detrano, MD/PhD of the University of California, Irvine and Professor PC Chow, MD of the Hong Kong Queen Mary’s Hospital. Students are required to cover the cost of all travel expenses to/from and within China, including room, board, and food. The program requests a tax-free donation of $2500 for the winter program. The session of the winter externship will be  Dec 6, 2015 – Dec 27, 2015.

For more information and to apply online, visit China California Heart Watch or contact

Global Health Education Programs Through CFHI

Child Family Health International (CFHI) is the leading nongovernmental organization (NGO) placing health science students on global health education programs in ways that are socially responsible and financially just. We model best global health education practices which demonstrate a priority commitment to community engagement and local integrity. CFHI is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations.

Their programs are open to all students of the health sciences, and are located in countries such as:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Ecuador
  • India
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • Uganda

Their opportunities provide:

  • clinical programs every month
  • 4-12 week replacements
  • mentoring by local physicians
  • Spanish language training
  • weekly medical lectures
  • volunteer opportunities

CFHI accepts applications on a continual, rolling basis year-round since our programs run each month of the year, usually departing the 1stSaturday of the month. 

CFHI recommends applying 3 months prior to your desired arrival date if possible.  Applying early is encouraged in order to secure your spot in your top choice program and to give you more time to prepare for the program.  All applications received 45 days or less before any arrival date are considered last minute applications.  CFHI is able to process last minute applicants and make expedited arrangements for participants applying last-minute to programs.  Last minute applicants that are accepted are required to pay all program fees in full within 72 hours of acceptance.

For more information and to apply online, visit Child Family Health International (CFHI)

Center for Engaged Learning Abroad, CELA Belize

Come study with the Center for Engaged Learning Abroad – CELA Belize in the winter or summer! Belize is an English-speaking country and our courses are two weeks long. Our health courses link the health of human populations to the local ecological and cultural environment. Health issues are explored through visits with local health leaders, traditional healers and visits to local and national health organizations in this developing country. Courses carry three credit hours, and are transferrable to home universities with pre-approval. Winter course dates are December 26, 2015 – January 9, 2016 and January 9 – 23, 2016; one course: $2,995, two courses: $4,825 (airfare not included). Courses are also offered in the summer, in May and June. For full details on our courses and the syllabus for each course, please click on the links below or go to our website at


UIC College of Pharmacy – Summer Pharmacy Institute June 6-10

The Summer Pharmacy Institute (SPI) allows students to explore different areas of the pharmacy profession, including a full day workshop devoted to current trends, research, and activities in each of the following focus areas: Hospital, Ambulatory Care, Industry/Research & Development, Community, and Professionalism in the Field. REGISTRATION AND APPLICATION DUE BY MARCH 25, 2016. Click here for more information.


2016 Summer Pre-Med Enrichment Program for Under-Represented Minority Undergraduate Students

The Center of Excellence for Diversity in Health Education and Research of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine will soon be accepting applications for the 2016 Summer Pre-Med Enrichment Program for Under-Represented Minority Undergraduate Students. The application will officially open on October 1, 2015.

If you have any questions regarding the Center of Excellence’s Summer Pre-Med Enrichment Program for Under -Represented Minority Undergraduate Students or the application process, please contact Jessica Incmikoski, Summer Program Coordinator, at (215) 898-3492 or as soon as possible. Your assistance in helping us attract talented under-represented minority students is greatly appreciated.

University of Colorado SOM – 2015 Pre-Med Global, Emergency, and Wilderness Medicine

Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Classes– Colorado: Our flagship two-week Denver and Rockies based program.  A week of lectures and labs at the medical school and hospital, with ER shadowing, EMS ride-alongs, and CPR certification, followed by wilderness medicine at a camp high in the Rockies. Optional Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification.  Three need-based full ride scholarships offered for each section.  More info at

  • Winter Break – January 3-15
  • Early Summer – May 22-June 3
  • Late Summer – August 7-19

Spring Break Pre-Med Wilderness & Emergency Medicine Classes– Nicaragua: Held at a rustic, island eco-lodge.  Focus on wilderness, emergency, and tropical medicine.  Jungle hikes, kayaking, mountain biking, natural history tours.  Earn optional Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification. More information can be found at

  • Spring Break I – March 4-12
  • Spring Break II – March 12-20

Summer Pre-Med Wilderness & Emergency Medicine: Costa Rica –July 18-30: Held at a simple eco-lodge with its own Pacific beach.  Focus on wilderness, emergency, and tropical medicine.  Jungle hikes, whitewater rafting, night walks, canopy tours, natural history, and optional surfing.  Earn optional Wilderness First Responder certification.  For more information see

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Graduate & Professional School Events & Opportunities

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Job Opportunities


ScribeAmerica is currently hiring! Our company, ScribeAmerica, hires and trains students interested in careers in medicine. We provide paid classroom and clinical training to prepare students to be Physician Scribes. The role of a scribe offers exciting first-hand experience in an outpatient setting and full one-on-one shifts working with board certified physicians. Click here for more information.

Navy Medical Programs

For many aspiring health care professionals, debt is an inevitable reality on the way to establishing a successful practice. This is not true as a participant in the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), Financial Assistance Program (FAP) or the Nurse Candidate Program (NCP). If you are a medical, dental, clinical psychology, nursing or optometry student, resident, or a practicing professional facing these issues, the Navy can help.
As a member of the Navy Medical Team, you will become part of a skilled, well-equipped team with an established practice, where you will get the opportunity to put your training to work. You’ll work with top health care professionals from across the country. Your equipment and malpractice insurance are covered by the Navy, and you’ll get the chance to provide clinical care, teach, perform research or explore new fields of health care.
After graduation, participants in these programs join the Navy Medical Team as Officers, with the opportunity to earn a competitive salary, regular promotions, comprehensive medical and dental coverage, low cost travel opportunities, excellent retirement and educational benefits, further training, and a rewarding clinical practice. Additional benefits include 30 days of paid vacation a year, use of military recreational facilities around the world, the opportunity to serve around the world in a variety of facilities, and be a part of supportive team of highly trained professionals.
For more information, please visit their website.

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Scholarship Opportunities

APIASF General Scholarship

The APIASF General Scholarship is open to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) high school and college students who will be enrolling or are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited college or university as a degree-seeking undergraduate student in the upcoming academic year. There are multiple scholarship opportunities that vary in award amount, number of years, field of study, location, and more.

For high school seniors, current college students, and students with GED entering college in Fall 2016

Application Deadline: January 8, 2016 at 9:00 PM EST

For more information click here

PAC Kaplan Test Prep Scholarship

Amount: Equivalent to one Kaplan Test Prep through a course-waiver (excluding one-on-one tutoring)

Due Date:

  • Fall Semester: November 1st
  • Spring Semester: April 1st

Description: The Kaplan Test Prep Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate commitment to continuing their post-secondary education beyond earning a bachelor’s degree. There are four types of Kaplan Test Prep Scholarships available: GRE, GMAT or LSAT, DAT/OAT/PCAT, and MCAT. The scholarship will be used to pay for the tuition for one test preparation course, including required Kaplan course materials, in the type of scholarship the applicant has applied for.

To apply: Email an essay (5,000 characters max.) on why you are applying for the type of school the test is appropriate for to Dr. Kiana Shiroma ( as a PDF attachment without any personally identifying information by the appropriate deadline.

Contact person:
Dr. Kiana Shiroma

Emory Nursing Scholarships for Minorities

Emory is a national leader in preparing nurses to care for diverse patient populations, and our nurses are as diverse as the patients they serve. Take advantage of our full-tuition BSN minority scholarship, and join us as we shape the future of nursing. To be considered for this special scholarship, you must:

  • Be a member of an underrepresented minority
  • Have a record of academic excellence
  • Apply to one of our BSN degree tracks, including our accelerated ABSN+MSN leading to advanced practice nursing

For more information click here


Scholarship by the American Association of University Women, Honolulu Branch

Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will open on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
Early application deadline is Friday, January 29, 2016.  Applicants who turn in a completed application by the early application deadline will have their applications reviewed to verify if supporting documents have been submitted.  If not, students will have the opportunity to re-submit correct documents by the final deadline.
The final application deadline for the AAUW Honolulu Branch Scholarship is 4:00pm (HST) on Thursday, February 18, 2016.
To learn more about the scholarship and its requirements, or for contact information, please visit the Honolulu Branch website:

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