External Opportunities

Translational Research Immersion Program

University of Pennsylvania, May 28-August 2, 2024

The University of Pennsylvania offers a 10-week mentored summer research experience in clinical and translational science with the potential for extended year-round research opportunities.
Learn more and apply at our website by Feb 2, 2024.

Research Technician Job: Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech

The labs of Drs. Pearl Chiu and Brooks Casas at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke, VA, are currently seeking a new full-time research technician.

Projects in the labs are highly interdisciplinary and combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging and electrochemistry to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations. The research technician will be responsible for in-vitro data collection to inform in-vivo models of human neurochemistry. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in graduate school in biomedical science or neuroscience.

Please visit the Fralin Institute's website for more information about the labs, and apply at the Virginia Tech website for a full description of the position.

Ph.D. Application Assistance Program, 2023-2024

The Committee on Immunology at the University of Chicago welcomes all prospective students planning to pursue a Ph.D. in Immunology or broadly in the Biomedical Sciences to apply to our Application Assistance Program for the 2023-2024 Ph.D. application cycle. The goal of our program is to de-mystify the Ph.D. application process and work towards leveling the information and support gap across applicants to biomedical/immunology Ph.D. programs. All who apply will have access to two zoom panels hosted by current students as well as drop-in zoom office hours throughout October and November to support you during your application process. Additionally, based on student mentor availability, a limited number of applicants will be paired 1-on-1 with current students to give support and feedback on application materials. 

Application closes 9/29/23 at 11:59 CST

Application can be found here: https://forms.gle/D6iAMqS7eWuYvokW6

REU Fellowship

MDI Biological Laboratory is excited to announce that our application portal is open for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program!  We value your partnership with us in identifying talented students to become part of our research community, and we hope you’ll reach out to them to share this information and encourage them to apply.  Applications are due January 26, 2024, at 11:59 PM


For over 100 years, MDI Biological Laboratory has been a beacon for talented scientists at all stages, a place for major biomedical discovery and innovation.  While this original mission of discovery using comparative animal models remains the same, the Lab is growing in extraordinary ways:   

  • We’ve become a world leader in tissue repair, regeneration, and aging. 

  • We will soon launch the opening of our new MDI Bioscience Center for the discovery of new drug compounds. 

  • We’ve built cutting-edge bioinformatics and imaging core centers (we’re currently building an advanced laser-driven light-sheet microscope, one of only four of its kind in the US!). 

  • We’re a lively and vibrant community, with growing teams of science faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, research assistants, and importantly  – in the summer – our team of Undergraduate Research Fellows!    


Despite our growth, we remain a close-knit community, committed to fostering a love of scientific research among our summer undergraduate group.  Our mentors are experienced in training inquisitive young minds to approach scientific inquiry with curiosity, with exceptional laboratory and data skills, and with professional confidence in communicating their findings.  Many of our summer students have gone on to careers in medicine, scientific research, and industry, citing this experience as a major source of inspiration for their career choices. 


The Education Team at the MDI Biological Laboratory is here to assist you with any questions you or your students have about our application process and about the summer experience; in addition, you’ll find information on our REU Summer Fellowships FAQs page. 


Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (Fred Hutch) hosts a summer internship that is designed to provide biomedical research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students of rising senior status.

The SURP is an intensive, 9-week internship designed to provide research experience and mentorship for rising-senior undergraduate students who are interested in biomedical research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students will:

  1. Complete an independent research project;
  2. Attend weekly research seminars;
  3. Participate in professional development workshops designed to facilitate the preparation of competitive applications for graduate/medical school; and
  4. Present their findings at a competitive poster session.

The program will run from Monday, June 17Friday, August 16, 2024. An online application for the 2024 SURP is now available on the SURP website.

The application deadline is midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Friday, January 5, 2024. Letters of recommendation for up to two references are due by midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Friday, January 12, 2024. 


Other Biomedical Research Internships

See the linked catalog of biomedical research internships offered nationwide for high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and first-year medical students.