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Diversity Summer Internship Program (DSIP) for Undergraduates FAQs

What are the program requirements for DSIP Interns?

DSIP provides a graduate-level independent research experience to undergraduate students. As such, interns will be required to work on a research project with their assigned mentors, complete weekly assignments along with a research paper, deliver a formal oral presentation, and participate in a culminating poster session. In addition, interns attend a GRE course, and public health and professional development seminars each week.

When Does The Program Take Place?

DSIP is a ten-week program which begins in late May through early August. 

Can I still apply if my classes don't end until June?

All interns need to be present to start the internship during the last week of May.

How Do I Apply?

To apply, visit the Diversity Summer Internship Program online application page. The application for DSIP 2017 will open in November 2016.

Who Can Apply?

Undergraduate students enrolled in a degree-seeking program within a U.S. college or university are eligible to apply. Applicants should have completed two years of study prior to beginning the program. Preference is given to students who have one or two years of undergraduate study remaining and seniors who have applied to a graduate program in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Students from underrepresented minority groups and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in careers in public health, science, and medicine are encouraged to apply.

Are Graduate Students Eligible?

The program is only open to currently enrolled undergraduate students with one or two years remaining in their program or recent graduates (those who have completed a bachelors degree within the last two years) who have not yet been accepted or enrolled in a graduate program.

Do I need to submit an application if I've already applied through The Leadership Alliance?

Leadership Alliance students are not required to complete DSIP's application. However, please note the Leadership Alliance (LA) application is distributed to multiple insititutions for review. If you are interested specifically in DSIP, please indicate this in your LA essay.

How Many Hours/Week Do Interns Work?

The experience is similar to that of a full time job. Participants typically dedicate 35-40 hours/week to their biomedical or public health research.

Where Do Participants Live During The Program? And Do I Need A Car?

Housing is provided for most students by the Diversity Summer Internship Program. Housing is typically located on or near the Homewood campus. There is a free shuttle service that runs regularly between the Homewood campus and the Bloomberg School. Participants are advised not to bring their vehicles because parking is very limited. The cost for parking on a JHU campus for the summer is typically between $300-$400.

How Much Is The Stipend?

Stipend amounts will vary depending upon faculty mentor. The minimum stipend is $3,000. Applicants are encouraged to seek sponsorship from their departments at their undergraduate institutions or from other funding sources.

Does DSIP cover the cost of transportation and meals?

DSIP provides a stipend and covers the cost of housing for the summer. Transportation to the program and meals are the responsibility of the intern.

Can International Students Apply?

The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.

Does Your Program Accept High School Students?

DSIP is open to undergraduate students enrolled in a degree-seeking program within a U.S. college or university. JHU offers other opportunties for high school students including APL's ASPIRECTY, and Discover Hopkins.

When Will A Decision Be Made On My Application?

Applicants will be notified by mid-March.

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact Jessica Harrington, Program Manager for the Diversity Summer Internship Program.