Higher Education Programs

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. You may contact cdcb_admin@ohsu.edu with questions.

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.  You may contact ph2search@ohsu.edu with any questions.

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.

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/

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 contact 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.  Questions: adminintern@ohsu.edu

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

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

Provost Scholar Program

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.

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

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.