Higher Education Programs

As of 12/2020, we are planning to offer a variety of summer internship programs at OHSU for Summer, 2021.  Most programs are planning for in-person experiences, however, depending on COVID-19, virtual experiences may be offered instead.  Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this ever-changing, very challenging situation.


BUILD EXITO is a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded initiative with the overarching goal of enhancing undergraduate training in biomedical research through increased diversity of students, increased integration of research and teaching, and enhanced integration of seamless pathways from community colleges and Pacific Rim Universities participating in the EXITO collaborative.  The program provides numerous benefits and supportive factors for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in research.  EXITO is for any undergraduate student who has at least three years remaining until completing their degree in a biomedical or social science related field. 

Contact exito@pdx.edu for more information.

Cell Developmental and Cancer Biology (CDCB) Summer Internship Program

The goal of the program is to engage scientific curiosity in the next generation of scientists, challenging qualified college undergraduates to consider basic science research-related careers and providing them with initial experiences required to be competitive for science related continued education and careers in the future.  See the CDCB Summer Internship Program for more information.

Contact cdcb_admin@ohsu.edu for more information.

Chemical Biology and Physiology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CBP-SURP)

CBP-SURP is a 9-week program designed to provide undergraduates research opportunities at the interface of chemistry, biology and physiology in the health sciences.  A major goal of this program is to engage students in state-of the-art techniques in chemical biology, and how strategies in chemical biology can be used to interrogate cell signaling, protein function, and identify potential therapeutic targets. The 2020 program will run from June 29 through August 28, 2020, with some flexibility to accommodate individual schedules. Participants will receive a stipend of $4,000 for the summer to cover travel, accommodations and incidental expenses. Assistance arranging housing is available if needed. To apply, please submit the following (pdf format) to ph2search@ohsu.edu by 5pm on March 29th 2020.

Equity Research Program

The OHSU Equity Internship Program offers an exciting opportunity for diverse undergraduate students to spend eight weeks working with administrators, faculty, scientists, and graduate students in a research and community based setting. It is designed to offer research experiences to area college students that excel academically and come from socially and economically disadvantaged background.

Students can apply to one of the six tracks available:

  • Biomedical Sciences - M.Sc. & Ph.D. (Provost Scholars Program at the West Campus, Portland Alcohol Research Center, Oregon Hearing and Research Center, Knight Cancer Institute's Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center, Graduate Medical Studies)
  • Dental - D.M.D.
  • Health Systems & Policy - Masters & Ph.D. (Center for Health Systems Effectiveness)
  • Medicine - M.D.
  • Nursing - B.S.N. & A.N.P.
  • Public Health - M.P.H.

See the Equity Research Program for more information.

Fluorescence Molecular Imaging Internship Program

The Fluorescence Molecular Imaging Internship Program is a ten-week program hosted by the Gibbs Laboratory to provide hands-on science education to high school and college students interested in careers in scientific research. The first summer of participation is a voluntary learning experience in which the interns learn a variety of wet bench laboratory skills such as cell culture, spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy, macroscopic fluorescence imaging, immunostaining, organic synthesis, small molecule purification as well as antibody conjugation and purification strategies. Additionally, interns learn about data analysis and processing and can learn about programming, especially in the area of image analysis. Interns who complete the ten-week program may be eligible to return the following year to participate in a paid internship program that would also provide additional experience. To apply, send a cover letter expressing your reason for interest in the program as well as your C.V. to Dr. Summer Gibbs. The deadline for applications is March 15th.

Murdock Undergraduate Collaborate Research Program

The program is designed for talented students in their junior year from Concordia University, George Fox University, Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, Pacific University, University of Portland, Warner Pacific College, and Willamette University who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research, particularly those who are considering graduate school or an M.D./Ph.D. program. Students participate in ongoing research projects with investigators at OHSU and are paid a stipend. Students who are already committed to a career involving only clinical practice, such as private practice physicians or dentists, are specifically discouraged from applying. Application deadline is mid-October.

Contact murdockscholars@ohsu.edu  for more information.

Northwest Native American Center of Excellence

The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence is a collaboration between OHSU, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, and Portland State University working to comprehensively and sustainably address the health care needs of all people by increasing Native American voice in the U.S. health professions workforce. C

ontact  NativeHealth@ohsu.edu for more information.

OHSU Administrative Internship Program

The OHSU Administrative Internship Program allows undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to experience the healthcare profession through an administrative lens. In addition to the assigned project, interns will have the opportunity to experience day-to-day operations (e.g., daily readiness huddles, staff seminars and trainings, etc.), as well interact with patients, families and staff through rounds and other engagement experiences. To support intern growth, development and networking opportunities, weekly lunches with executive leadership will be provided, including an in-depth question and answer session.  

Contact adminintern@ohsu.edu for more information.

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Summer Internships

Institute Summer Intern Research Awards are designed to introduce college sophomores, juniors, and seniors to one area of basic biological research or applied workplace translational research in the field. Typically 10-14 openings are available in the laboratories of the Institute scientists. The internships are funded by a stipend and are 2.5-3 months in duration, beginning in June. Application due dates and requirements.

Oregon National Primate Research Center Summer Fellowship

The Summer Fellowship Program supports students in 10-week apprenticeships for which a $3000 stipend is received (successful applicants who live out of state may be eligible for assistance with travel expenses). Principal Investigators in the Divisions of Neuroscience, Reproductive Sciences, and Pathobiology and Immunology oversee research programs related to high-priority medical needs that are expected to increase in importance and funding emphasis over the coming decades. These include research in neurodevelopment, neuroendocrinology, neurodegeneration, cancer, aging, mental illness, brain injury, addiction, obesity, reproductive health, immune response to infectious agents, and stem cells. Specific project details and application materials are available at here

Contact Diana Gordon at gordondi@ohsu.edu or call 503-346-5055 for more information.

OHSU School of Nursing HealthE Steps

HealthE STEPS is part of a national initiative to diversify the nursing workforce. The program, Advancing Health Equity through Student Empowerment &Professional Success (HealthE STEPS) seeks to attract and advance a diverse nursing student body within the Oregon public education system, from pre-nursing through graduate education. By diversifying the nursing workforce, we believe that minority groups will be able to identify with their health care providers, resulting in increased access to health care and improved health equity across communities. 

Visit https://www.ohsu.edu/school-of-nursing/healthe-steps-nursing-workforce-diversity for more information.

Oregon AHEC Programs

Oregon AHEC is a partnership between OHSU and five regional centers. Please visit center websites for programs in your count

Portland VA Research Foundation (PVARF) Summer Fellowship Program

PVARF is sponsoring paid summer internship opportunities for undergraduate students to gain hands on experience in laboratories and research based activities at the VA Portland Health Care System. In addition to gaining invaluable research experience pivotal for college applications and resumes, students have the opportunity to meet with scientists from varying disciplines in the scientific field during our Lunch ‘n Learn presentations. At the conclusion of the program, the students will prepare a presentation of their research experience. 

 Applications must be submitted by March 15th, 2020. For more information and to apply please visit  https://pvarf.applicantpro.com/jobs/

Provost Scholar Program

Due to concerns related to coronavirus/COVID-19, ONPRC summer training programs were suspended indefinitely as of April 2020. Students who were accepted for training during the summer of 2020 will receive priority if we are able to host trainees in the Summer of 2021; we are not accepting new applications at this time.  

The 10-week Provost Scholar Program is part of a larger Undergraduate Summer Fellowship (USF) program administered by the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), an institute of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).  Two students are funded through this program each summer.  Eligible applicants will have completed at least 2 years in an accredited 4-year institution by the start date of the program and come from an underrepresented minority background (includes American Indian or Alaska Native; Black or African American; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; Hispanic or Latino).  Additional criteria for application may include having experienced economic hardship*, being first in your family to attend college, and/or having experienced other educational, ethnic/cultural, family circumstance hardships.

*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.

Contact Diana Gordon, gordondi@ohsu.edu or call 503-346-5055 For more information.

Post-Baccalaureate Initiative

The OHSU Neuroscience Post-baccalaureate Initiative is a collaborative effort between the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Vollum Institute, and OHSU Research & Innovation, and is aimed at providing sustained research experience and skills development for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. Scholars accepted as part of this competitive training opportunity will receive a mentored research experience as well as tailored support around academic and professional development. 

Contact neuropb@ohsu.edu for more information.

UCEDD Summer Internship Program

The UCEDD Summer Internship Program is an eight-week long summer internship that provides opportunities for high school or early college age students to gain experience in the disability field, develop transferable skills, and learn about various career paths in health care. Interns will participate 24 hours per week in group activities and on a project at one of the Institute on Development and Disability centers, gaining experience in research, education, training, and dissemination. This internship is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care, specifically with a focus on disability. Interns will receive a stipend. Applications are due January 31, 2020. For more information, including a link to the application, please visit www.ohsu.edu/sip.

Vollum Institute/OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program

The Vollum Institute/OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program offers summer undergraduate research internships with a stipend that covers housing and living expenses.  The program lasts for 12 weeks and preference is given to students with a strong interest in PhD training in neuroscience.  The deadline to apply is February 1, 2020.  To apply and find more information about the program, click here.

Youth Engaged in Science (YES!)

The Youth Engaged in Science (YES!) program works to counter educational and health disparities in underrepresented minority communities by exposing URM middle and high school students to science, research & STEM-related careers.

Visit this link for more information.