Medical Science Internship Program
Information about the VCU School of Medicine Medical Science Internship Program is below.
MSIP 2021 Program Dates
- Application is now open
- Application deadline: 11:59PM EST Friday, March 12, 2021
- Program dates: Monday, June 21st - Friday, July 30th, 2021
High School Educators: Please contact us at email@example.com
For six weeks, under the guidance of the program directors, interns will work on an individual research
project. Interns will conduct research by proposing hypotheses, gathering available data, and analyzing
results to be put into a formal research presentation. Interns will be meeting three times a week, with a
general requirement to dedicate about 20+ hours a week. The time dedicated will be split between
group meetings and independent research. During the last week of the program, the interns will
present their projects to their peers, friends, family, mentors, 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
- 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 2021application.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.
- 2021 MSIP Application (2021 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 2021referenceform.doc)
- 2021 MSIP Reference Writer Form (2021 reference form now available)
- 11:59pm EST on Friday, March 12th, 2020 is the deadline for all applications and supporting documents to be emailed.
- Monday, April 12th, 2021: Decisions will be emailed to each applicant. Contact with selected interns and the waitlisted students may be sooner.
- Monday, June 21nd - Friday, July 30th, 2021: Program dates.”
- Friday, July 30st, 2021: Presentation by the interns.
Q: How has the program been affected by COVID-19?
A: The internship is now offered virtually. The students will perform research without hands-on-lab experience. The interns will receive lectures from experts in different areas of medicine.
Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A: High school students, preferably rising juniors and seniors, in the Greater Richmond Area are encouraged to apply.
Q: Is there an application fee or tuition to participate in the program?
A: No, the application does have any fee and it is available now. The program also does not have a cost.
Q: Will shadowing experience be included in the internship?
A: Due to safety concerns regarding COVID-19, shadowing will not be offered as a part of the 2021 summer internship.
Q: Is this internship only for Virginia students?
A: Yes, currently this internship is only offered to students in the counties surrounding the greater Richmond, Virginia area
Q: What is the time average time commitment for the program?
A: Typically, interns will meet for 3 hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In addition to meeting times, students will be conducting independent research.
Q: How do I contact someone if I have questions or comments about MSIP?
A: For comments and questions, please contact us at email@example.com
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