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 equivalent to a 40 hour work week, but are flexible with the approval of the PI. Internships are expected to 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?

We strongly encourage you to read about our faculty members online and specify in your application one or two faculty members you would like to work with (and why you would like to work with them). However, there is no guarantee that you will be able to work with the faculty member of your choice. You are welcome to email a faculty member separately about your interest in their work.

What are the available research topics?

The research directions of the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences can be reviewed on our Research Directions page . Faculty bio pages can be found under Faculty and Staff, and for faculty lab pages see Research Laboratories.

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 or you may access OHSU's interactive map.

When is the application deadline?

Our website is open for applications between January 1 (12:00am PDT) - March 1 (5:00pm PDT).

How do I submit my application?

Applications and materials must be submitted online. You will also need to submit an unofficial college transcript and current resume.

Are letters of recommendation required?

What are my chances of being selected?

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 do I find out if I was selected?

Each participating faculty member reviews applications and selects their top student candidates for interviews.  Candidates who move onto the interview phase of the selection process will be notified on an ongoing basis throughout the month of March and sometimes into April to schedule interviews.  Final acceptances into the internship program only occur after the interview and are likely to occur before May. Formally accepted students will then coordinate their specific start date and work plan with their sponsoring faculty member.

Additional questions?

Contact Alisa Mukai at or call 503-494-2506.


summer intern field training project