Summer Research Internship

The Summer Research Internship (SRI) is an eight-week program designed to expose undergraduate students to opportunities within the medical field and health-related research.

The SRI has four components:

  • didactic research education
  • participation in conducting a research project
  • clinical shadowing
  • cultural experience

At the end of the eight weeks, students will present their project to their peers, mentors, and medical school faculty.

To be considered for the internship, candidates must complete:

  • Application Form
  • Personal Statement/Essay
  • Resume
  • College Transcripts (unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable)

Student interns are selected competitively on the basis of overall qualifications and interests. All candidates must be college students and should have an interest in health-related careers.  Individuals of Native Hawaiian or Pacific Island ancestry, and individuals interested in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island health research are encouraged to apply.
A personal statement (no more than 500 words) should include the student’s reason(s) for applying to the program, what the student expects to learn from the program, personal and career goals, and how this program would help in achieving them. The intent of the personal statement is to give the selection committee a more personalized view of the student.

Each participant will be matched with a research project. Every effort will be made to consider the interns’ interests and qualifications when assigned to a project. All positions are voluntary; interns will not be hired as employees of the University of Hawaii for the Summer Research Internship. The interns will not be paid during the program, but will receive an award of $1,500 upon presentation of their project at the end of the program. Parking arrangements are the responsibility of the student.


Research interns will participate in didactic research education workshops, lectures by physicians and researchers, tours of medical facilities, and cultural experiences.  Interns will be provided with an introduction to health disparities and research methodologies.

Interns will work closely with a mentor on a research project; the specific duties to accomplish each research project may vary. Each intern is responsible for coordinating and carrying out his or her assignments to accomplish project objectives, under the direction of their mentor. Interns will submit a written report describing their project and conduct a presentation at the conclusion of the program.

Interns are expected to dress, speak and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times during the internship.

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