Summer Student Research Awards

Frequently Asked QuestionsLab work


How much will I be paid?

Interns are paid a stipend of up to $3000 for a 3-month appointment. Normal working hours will usually conform to the hours of the laboratory, which are generally equivalent to a 40 hour work week, but are flexible with the approval of the PI.Internships last three months, between May and September.

Who is eligible for the program?

To be eligible for an Institute-funded award, students must be Oregon residents or attend college in Oregon.  Students at all undergraduate levels may apply.

Where are these internships located?

All of the internship appointments are located at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences on the Marquam Hill campus of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Some work may involve field studies off campus (travel expenses paid).

I am a freshman. Can I apply for these awards?

While your application is more competitive as an upper classman, freshman may apply.

Can I work with a specific faculty member?

There is no guarantee that you will be able to work with the faculty member of your choice. However, if you are interested in the work of specific investigators, indicate on your application who you want to work with and why. You may also want to email a faculty member separately about your interest in their work.

What are the available research topics?

To learn more about the work of the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences' faculty members, visit their individual bio pages under Faculty and Staff or view the faculty lab pages under Research.

Do you provide housing assistance?

While OHSU does not have student housing, College Housing Northwest, an organization that oversees housing at Portland State University, leases affordable student apartments in Portland for the summer.  Also, you can contact Portland State University’s Summer Housing and Conferencing office at (503) 725-4336

How do I travel to and from the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences?

There is no parking for available for summer interns at OHSU. Most employees take public transportation to work.  Information about traveling to the Oregon Institute is available at our Visiting OHSU – Get Directions page.

When is the application deadline?

Our website is open for applications between Jan 1 (600am) - April 1 (11:59pm)

How do I submit my application?

Applications must be submitted online. You will also need to submit an unofficial college transcript via uploading a PDF online.

What are my chances of being accepted?

There is no way to anticipate the number of applications received each year. The number of internships available usually depends on the ability of each lab to accommodate a student. Normally, between 8-12 awards are given each year, and the number of applicants has ranged from 60-150.

When will I find out if I was accepted?

Candidates who move onto the interview phase of the selection process will be notified on a rolling basis throughout the month of April and sometimes into May to schedule their interview.  Likewise, final acceptances into the internship program only occur after the interview and will likely be before the middle of May.


Contact Alisa Mukai at gonzalal@ohsu.edu or call 503-494-2506.summer intern field training project