Medical Science Internship Program
Information about the VCU School of Medicine Medical Science Internship Program is below.
MSIP 2020 Program Dates
- Application is now closed
- Application deadline: 11:59PM EST Friday, March 13, 2020
- Program dates: Monday, June 22nd - Friday, July 31st, 2020
High School Educators: Please contact us at email@example.com
For six weeks, each intern will be paired with a VCU researcher/scientist, either on the Monroe Park campus or the MCV campus. Under the guidance of the lab mentor, interns will work on a research project. Interns will work in a lab environment and conduct research by proposing hypotheses, performing experiments, and analyzing results. Interns will typically be working in the lab Monday – Friday and may average 30+ hours a week. During the last week of the program, the interns will present their projects to their peers, friends, family, and the VCU community.
During the program, the interns will have the opportunity to attend weekly seminars and events sponsored by VCU or by organizations affiliated with VCU. Further information
regarding the seminars and events will be provided to the interns once the program begins.
Unfortunately at this time, VCU MSIP will not be able to offer the interns a stipend.
MSIP has foundational support from the VCU Center on Health Disparities and the VCU School of Medicine Admissions.
- Our selection committee reviews and accepts interns with a holistic view of the entire application. Demonstrated academic ability, past experiences, as well as attributes of character and personality are significant in the selection process.
- Read the entire application and be sure to complete all sections.
- The documents are set to use forms. Type in the given gray space and the form will expand to accommodate your typing. You can tab between fields. Please be concise in your answers.
- After completing your application, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you a confirmation email when we receive it.
- Important: Due to the high number of applications we receive each year, please add your first name, last name, and the year to the file name of your application (e.g. FIRSTNAME LASTNAME 2020application.doc).
- After emailing the application to email@example.com by the deadline, please check your email on a regular basis. Email is our primary means of communication. Please do not mail in your application or any other documents.
- Keep a copy of your completed application for your records.
- As part of the "VCU Goes Green" initiative, we will be accepting electronic scans of supporting documents such as transcripts and standardized test scores.
- 2020 MSIP Application (2020 application now available)
- Completed reference form must be emailed from the reference writer's email address to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline. Please do not mail in the reference form.
- Please add the applicant's first and last name to the file name before sending. (e.g. FIRSTNAME LASTNAME 2020referenceform.doc)
- 2020 MSIP Reference Writer Form (2020 reference form now available)
- 11:59pm EST on Friday, March 13th, 2020 is the deadline for all applications and supporting documents to be emailed.
- Monday, March 30th, 2020: Decisions will be emailed to each applicant. Contact with selected interns and the waitlist may be sooner.
- Monday, June 22nd - Friday, July 31st, 2020: Program dates.
- Friday, July 31st, 2020: Presentation by the interns.
Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A:High school students and rising college freshmen in the Greater Richmond Area 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.
Q: How do I contact someone if I have questions or comments abot the MSIP?
A: For comments and questions, please contact us at: email@example.com
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