Pre-medical Student Summer Programs and Post Baccalaureate Programs

University of Utah Native American Summer Research Internship (NARI)

The Native American Research Internship is a dynamic summer research opportunity for qualified undergraduate junior and senior students who are interested in Health Science or Biomedical careers. It is a 10-week, paid summer internship funded by the NIH. The internship focus is to provide Native American students an outstanding laboratory or clinically based research experience working alongside world-class research faculty at the University of Utah. The goal of the internship is to support the academic, career, and personal development of Native American students who are interested in Health Science. Interns will perform research approx. 32 hr/wk and undergo professional development approx. 8 hr/wk. We offer a generous stipend, travel allowance, and housing on the university campus.

2019 Application Deadline: 2/22/2019

2019 Program Dates: 5/28/2019 through 8/03/2019

Massachusetts General Hospital Summer Research Trainee Program

The Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP), which was founded in 1992, attracts college and medical students from around the nation. The goal of this program is to inspire and develop students who are underrepresented in medicine (URM) to consider academic medicine and research careers by immersing them in cutting-edge research opportunities. Fifteen students, selected from a nationwide competition, join SRTP each summer.Students are assigned to specific Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH) laboratories, clinical sites, or health policy institutes where they undertake original research projects under the mentorship of an MGH investigator.Investigation opportunities exist over a broad range of disciplines, including clinical, basic science, health policy and health services research. Assignments are carefully considered and are made with the student's career interest in mind. In addition to the research experience, students will gain knowledge through weekly didactic seminars, both at the MGH and at Harvard Medical School, and have opportunities for clinical shadowing.

2017 Application Deadline: 1/23/2017

2017 Program Dates: 6/5/2017 through 8/3/2017

University of California at Berkeley's Center for Ethnographic Research Summer Workshop Training Program

The Center for Ethnographic Research (CER) Workshop program provides mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods for motivated undergraduates and beginning graduate students.  The CER Internship will provide students with six weeks of intensive accelerated methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative methods in weekly seminars taught by CER visiting scholars and graduate fellows

Graduate Horizons 2018

Graduate Horizons is a graduate admissions workshop for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nation’s students interested in applying to graduate school or professional school. Candidates work alongside graduate admissions officers, professors and deans, industry professionals, and other educators in a four-day “crash course” on the graduate admissions process. Only one workshop is offered every 2 years, the program is 4 days long (only 72 hours of class time) and is limited to 75-100 students. If admitted, candidates are required to participate for the entire program, late arrivals or early departures are not allowed – please plan accordingly and receive the appropriate permission for work, internship, or academic leave.  Our next program will be in 2018.  Please pre-register to receive info regarding our 2018 program as soon as it becomes available.


University of Minnesota Duluth Center of American Indian and Minority Health

 University of Minnesota Medical School offers a variety of programs for students interested in medicine in both high school and college. Students in our six- week Native Americans into Medicine program learn more about medicine and other health careers, while strengthening their skills in Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Research, Physical Diagnosis, Mental Health, and Counseling. 

CAIMH also hosts a Pre-Admission Workshop in conjunction with the annual Association of American Indian Physicians conference. The workshop focuses on strengthening skills needed for medical school application. Students selected to attend learn more about MCAT preparation, financial aid and scholarships, how do develop a personal statement, how to fill out the AMCAS application and how to present themselves in an interview. Students hear from medical students and practicing physicians through panels, and also get the opportunity to participate in a mock interview.

For more information email or call (218)726-7235.

NIDA Summer Research Program

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites high school and undergraduate students to submit applications for the 2017 Summer Research Program.  Under this program students underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences are paired with NIDA funded scientists at research institutions across the United States for 8-10 weeks during the summer to work in the field of substance abuse and addiction research.  Internships may involve a variety of experiences including laboratory experiments, data collection, data analysis, patient interviews, library research and literature reviews.  Student interns receive a stipend, and if necessary and eligible, provisions for travel and housing expenses.

Complete program information, including the application form, required student qualifications, research site locations and research project descriptions are available here

2017 Application Deadline: 2/10/2017

SolAmor Hospice

At SolAmor Hospice, our mission is to preserve each patient’s dignity while removing the fear associated with dying through pain management, emotional and spiritual support. SolAmor utilizes volunteers as a vital part of our care team and we rely on their support to provide excellent end-of-life care to every patient and family. Our volunteers make a significant impact in the life of our patients and their families!

Volunteering with SolAmor is a great opportunity for ANAMS members to

· gain practical, hands-on experience working with patients facing end-of-life

· learn more about Hospice care

· leverage their volunteer experience when applying to graduate or medical programs

Harvard Four Directions Summer Research Program 

This is an 8 week summer program for Native American undergraduates interested in medicine. The focus of activity during the summer is participation in a basic science research project. Students are assigned a medical school faculty mentor who will work closely with the student to ensure completion of a project over the 8-week summer period.

2017 Application Deadline: 2/6/2017

2017 Program Dates: 6/5/2017 through 8/3/2017

INMED Med Prep Programs 

INMED at the University of North Dakota (UND) offers two six-week summer sessions for Native American college upperclassmen and graduates who are preparing for medical school coursework. The program is divided into two major components: pre-medical students preparing to take or retake the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and those incoming first year medical students can enroll in an online biochemistry and physiology blackboard course. Shadowing is a major aspect of both components. Students receive shadowing appointments in a variety of areas, including emergency care, cardiology, renal analysis, respiratory care and surgery. Visitations to area hospice/home care and rehab facilities are also offered. 

The UND Pathway Program is a six week summer program offered to tribal community college students planning to transfer to UND in health care or pre-health curricula. Pathway courses are taught by University instructors, and are designed to prepare participants for advanced courses in the areas of anatomy, physiology, biology and physics. 

2017 Application Deadline: 3/31/2017

2017 Program Dates: 6/12/2017 through 7/21/2017

UND also offers summer employment opportunities to teach or be a counselor for their Summer Institute (grades 8-12) or Summer Pathway (tribal/community college) programs. For more information, visit UND's INMED website here.

Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement - Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP)

The MCHC/RISE-UP Program is a 10-week summer program for undergraduate juniors and seniors, and those who have graduated within the past year. This program provides enhanced public health and related training to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity. Students rotate through clinical experiences provided by Maternal and Child Health disciplines (pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology, physiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, social work, psychology, speech/language, special education and nursing). Opportunities are also available for community engagement and advocacy and research. 

2017 Application Deadline: 1/29/2017

2017 Program Dates: 5/29/2017 through 8/4/2017

2017 Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) 

SPUR is a 10 week program that provides opportunities for undergraduate students interested in science careers to participate in laboratory research. These dynamic summer programs allow students to apply their classroom knowledge by working in a laboratory under the supervision of a principal investigator and interacting with research teams that include graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In addition to obtaining research experience in state-of-the-art facilities, participants attend weekly career and professional development workshops, as well as build their presentation and communication skills through scientific presentations. Students benefit from the collegial and interactive research environment and enjoy the social community in Sioux Falls, a small city with an abundance of dining, shopping, sporting events, and entertainment.

2017 Application Deadline: 2/17/2017

2017 Program Dates: 6/5/2017 through 8/11/2017

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

SHPEP is a free (full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer medical and dental school preparatory program that offers eligible students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation. Various medical and dental school sites throughout the country are available. 

2017 Application Deadlines: Early admission 2/15/2017 Regular admission 4/1/2017

2017 Program Dates: Varies by site

Center for American Indian Health (CIAH)

The CIAH housed within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offers several training and scholarship opportunities for AIAN students interested in graduate level public health training.

Association of American Indian Physicians Student Programs offers a multitude of invaluable opportunities for premedical students. 

  • The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases offers scholarships to undergraduate level AIAN students to attend the 40th Annual AAIP Annual Meeting and Health Conference. 
  • For additional information about pre-admission workshops or the Annual Cross Cultural Medicine Workshop in April, Contact Gary Lankford.
  • See the AAIP's website for an updated list of opportunities.

National Institutes of Health Training Programs is the nation’s premier research institute, offers various levels of training from summer programs to year long post-baccalaureate programs for high school students, college students, medical students, and beyond. Email ANAMS if you are interested in speaking with past participants from these programs.

National Institutes of Health Academy is a postbaccalaureate program that provides opportunities for recent college graduates to spend a year engaged in biomedical investigation at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The mission of the Academy is to enhance research dedicated to the elimination of domestic health disparities through the development of a diverse cadre of biomedical researchers.


Medical Student Opportunities


Aspiring Physicians & Research Scientists Conference at Cleveland Clinic - May 21-23, 2014

Cleveland Clinic is proud to sponsor a two-day conference focusing on science and innovation for American Indian, African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and first-generation science, math, and pre-med undergraduate students. Cleveland Clinic physician and research scientist-led presentations and an abstract poster scholarship competition comprise the conference agenda.The 6th Annual Aspiring Physicians and Research Scientists Conference (APRSC) is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 21st, Thursday, May 22nd and Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.The application deadline is March 21, 2014. 

2014 Summer Health Justice Internships

Our NHI summer internships give a chance for students to work in Indigenous communities of NM/AZ on community health projects. Focus is on community-driven, sustainable projects and interns are assigned to projects based on their interests and abilities.

American Society of Hematology

Minority medical students who are interested in hematology and are in their early years of medical school are invited to apply for the ASH MMSAP. Participants will receive a stipend to complete an eight- to 12-week research experience in the lab of an ASH member. After the completion of the project, MMSAP participants will present their findings at the Promoting Minorities in Hematology event at the ASH annual meeting in December. Students will remain involved with ASH and are assigned a career-development mentor for the rest of their time in medical school and residency.

National Medical Fellowships

Established by NMF Board member Neal Ball to honor the memory of his sister Mary Ball Carrera, this need-based merit scholarship is presented to an outstanding Native American woman enrolled in an accredited US medical school, and recognizes outstanding academic achievement, leadership and community service. Application open for 2013!

UAB’s 3rd Annual NHGRI-funded Short Course on Next Generation Sequencing: Technology & Statistical Methods
 December 16-19, 2013 Birmingham, AL

The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Section on Statistical Genetics is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual NHGRI-funded Short Course on Next Generation Sequencing in Birmingham AL on December 16 - 19, 2013.  Focusing on next-generation sequencing technology, which generates an unprecedented wealth of data, this four-day course will offer an interactive program to enhance researchers' ability to understand & use statistical genetic methods, as well as implement & interpret sophisticated NGS data analyses.

Native Health Initiative (NHI)  is a partnership to address health inequities through loving service. They currently have 4 projects, in NC, NM, CA, and CT and are the only American Indian partnership in the U.S. that is run by Tribes working with health professions students. Learn more about their annual Indigenous Health Leadership Institute, summer internships, and other opportunities through their website.

Indian Health Service (IHS) Electives can be sought through making contacts by your regional coordinator. However, if you would like us to advocate and find more information though an IHS coordinator on projects, please contact Donovan Williams (

Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) is a co-sponsored learning opportunity for medical students on health equity. The institute is overlooked by the Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Health (REACH) committee with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). Contact Betty Chung or Donovan Williams ( for more information.

Here is a list of mentorship opportunities available to pre-medical and medical students.

To sign-up or if you have questions, e-mail the Mentorship coordinator Lacy Manuelito: