Summer Equity Research Program

The application cyclefor 2016 internship cohort is now closed

Equity poster presentation 2015 Delvin Akins The OHSU Summer Equity Internship Program offers:

  • An exciting opportunity for diverse students to spend eight weeks working with faculty, scientists, and graduate students in a research setting.
  • Equity interns will learn new research skills and gain hands-on lab experience.
  • Weekly seminars with fellow interns and faculty and scientists mentors 
  • Scientific poster presentation of your summer research project.
  • Ongoing mentoring and advising about your individual career pathway.
  • Shadowing and clinical experience (MD Track).
  • A paid stipend during the program.

The eight-week Summer Equity Internship Program is scheduled for Monday, June 13 through Friday, August 5. Equity interns will be selected in early February. Interns work a maximum of 40 hours per work (including weekly seminars).

What do I need to do to apply?

ALL application materials must be submitted online (utilizing the RedCap portal). Only complete applications can be submitted and will be considered. Use the checklist below to prepare your application submission:  

  • College Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are accepted for the application process. You will upload a PDF of your most recent transcript. If you are selected as an Equity Intern, your admission to the program will be pending, until an official transcript, in a sealed envelope is received. 
  • Current Resume. Include past lab experience, community services and employment history.
  • Essay. Include your career and academic goals, campus activities, and personal interests.  Discuss the reasons you want to participate in this program, and explain how this internship would further enhance your goals. Share any obstacles or challenges you have overcome.  Discuss past research experience, and tell us any particular area of interest. The more explicit you are with your research interests the better we can match you with a faculty or scientist mentor.
  • Two recommendation letters. Students must use the Equity program recommendation form. One of the letters must be from a college science teacher. The second recommendation can be from a community leader, teacher, coach, counselor, etc. You will upload both recommendations as part of the online application (instructions will be provided on application).        

If you have questions or need more information email CDI. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a qualified candidate for the program?

You qualify if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed at least one undergraduate college year by the start date of the program. 
  • Have completed at least one course in the basic sciences (including lab) and mathematics.
  • You come from either  an underrepresented minority background, have experienced economic hardship, are first in your family to attend college, or have experienced other economic, educational, ethnic/cultural, family circumstance hardships.
    • Underrepresented students belong to groups that are recognized as historically underrepresented in the health and science professions including: African-American/Black, Native American/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander and Hispanics/Latinos.
    • Economically disadvantaged students are defined as individuals who come from a "low-income family," using low income levels specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a guideline. Socially disadvantaged students come from an environment that may inhibit them from obtaining knowledge, skills or abilities required to enroll and successfully complete an undergraduate or graduate course of study that could lead to a career in the health sciences. This category includes but is not restricted to students whose parents did not attend or complete college.
  • You are a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, or if you are an eligible DACA student (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). A DACA applicant must have an employment authorization card via USCIS.

Equity interns 2015 group photoAre international students eligible for this program?

Unfortunately, no.

I recently graduated with my bachelor's degree. Am I eligible to apply?

The program is open to current college students. If you anticipate receiving your bachelor's degree in spring 2016, you are eligible to apply.

How many positions are available?

The number of available positions usually depends on funding and the availability of mentors. Last year, we welcomed 19 interns to the Equity program. 

When will I find out if I was accepted?

We expect to notify all applicants in early February.

Is it possible for me to take other courses during the summer program?

Summer Equity interns are in the laboratory full-time, from approximately 8 am – 5 pm every weekday. In addition, interns are asked to prepare a poster presentation of their research project and may be asked to attend other seminars. Therefore, it is not advisable that interns pursue other coursework during the program.

How are mentors chosen?

We strive to match scholars and mentors based on research interests, however not all OHSU researchers are available to serve as mentors during any given summer. The more explicit you are about your research interests, the better we can match you with a mentor and lab.

Where will I be doing my research?

You will be in your mentor's laboratory on the main OHSU campus in Portland, Oregon. Some mentors have lab space at the Veterans Administration (VA) facility located on campus.

I don't live in Portland. Is housing available?

Limited support may be available for housing assistance. Please indicate on the application if you need housing.

What other research opportunities can you suggest for me?

Research experience is invaluable if you plan to apply to a graduate program. We recommend that you check the OHSU employment website for research assistant positions.

Will the program pay for my travel?

The program does not typically have funds to support participants' travel to Portland. The program directors may consider supporting travel if sufficient funding is in place.