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School of Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A:High school students and rising college freshmen are encouraged to apply.


Q: Is residential housing provided?
A: Due to funding and staffing limitations, our program is currently unable to provide housing for interns.


Q: Is there an application fee or tuition to participate in the program?
A: No, the application is free and it is available now.


Q: Are there safety concerns in the lab?
A: Interns are required to follow all laboratory safety procedures. There are safety forms and tests to complete at the beginning of the program.


Q: What about confidentiality issues when shadowing physicians?
A: Students are required to sign and abide by the provisions stated by VCUHS for all patient information and related documents.


Q: Is this internship only for Virginia students?
A: Yes. Since the program does not cover the cost of housing and transportation, we are only able to accept students who live in and around the Richmond area.


Q: What is the time commitment for research?
A: Developing manual dexterity and skills for running experiments and acquiring an in depth knowledge of a research project requires a great deal of time commitment and effort. Thus, it is recommended that students work at least 30 hours a week to develop those skills. Due to the nature of the various projects, hours may fluctuate from week to week, and it is up to the mentor and the intern to work out suitable hours. Students are expected to attend all 6 weeks of the program. If you have other school activities (e.g., sports camps or training, band trips, travel abroad), or family vacations planned for this 6 week period, please notify the director immediately. If the intern is or has to be absent from the program for an extended period of time, the intern may be dropped from the prgoram (depending on the circumstances).

Q: What time to what time do I have to work each week?
A: Typically, interns will be working 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.