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Summer, Youth & Undergraduate Programs

Penn State College of Medicine offers 10-week summer research programs for undergraduate college students interested in pursuing careers in biomedical sciences research.

These programs are administered through our Office of Graduate Education.

The College also offers opportunities for shadowing for high school students, as well as internships for qualified undergraduate students, through our Office of Academic Placements.

These programs provide student learning opportunities for career explorations in allied health and the biomedical sciences. 

We’re committed to equal opportunity and diversity. Women, underrepresented minorities, people with disabilities, and first-generation college students are encouraged to apply.

Programs for High School Students

Who it's for: High-schoolers interested in volunteer opportunities and specialized programs in science and medicine.

What you'll do: Participate in a variety of programs through the College of Medicine Office of Academic Placements.

Observation & Career Shadowing

Who it's for: College and high school students who want to explore opportunities in life sciences, in both clinical and research areas.

What you'll do: Observe the work of professionals in a chosen field (no hands-on contact is permitted with any patient).

Undergraduate Internships & Externships

Who it's for: Undergraduate students formally matriculated students at a school, college or university with which an affiliation agreement has been established .

What you'll do: Fulfill graduation, licensure, and certification requirements under the supervision of a Penn State Health or Penn State College of Medicine employee.

Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program (SURIP)

Who it's for: Students who’ve completed at least two years of college and are interested in pursuing a career in the biological sciences. This program is appropriate for students considering applying to PhD programs, not medical school.

What you'll do: Work in a basic or clinical research laboratory for a 10-week summer session in Hershey. Potential research includes bioinformatics, bioengineering, imaging, clinical research, and public health.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Who it's for: Students interested in doing cardiovascular research.

What you'll do: Work in a basic or clinical research laboratory focused on cardiovascular research. You’ll also attend a career development seminar series, a weekly cardiovascular physiology refresher course, and a weekly cardiovascular research seminar during the 10-week summer program in Hershey.

Short-Term Educational Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)

Who it's for: Underrepresented undergraduate students, including African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, who have completed at least their first year of college.

What you'll do: Conduct basic or clinical research with experienced faculty during a 10-week summer program in Hershey. Focus areas include diabetes, nutrition and obesity, and digestive, kidney, and hematological diseases.

Commonwealth Scholars

Who it's for: Students enrolled in the Eberly College of Science on the Penn State University Park campus who are underrepresented in clinical and biomedical sciences.

What you'll do: You’ll conduct basic and clinical research during a 10-week summer program on the College of Medicine's Hershey campus.

Schreyer Honors College MD/PhD Summer Exposure Program

Who it's for: Outstanding students (rising freshmen and sophomores) in Penn State's Schreyer Honors College who are interested in becoming physician-scientists.

What you'll do: Work in a biomedical research laboratory under the guidance of a faculty member on the MD/PhD training faculty. You’ll also shadow a physician during weekly clinical exposure sessions during this 10-week summer program in Hershey.