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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 a research paper, deliver a formal oral presentation, and participate in two poster sessions. In addition, interns attend public health seminars and journal clubs each week.

When Does The Program Take Place?

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

How Do I Apply?

To apply, visit the Diversity Summer Internship Program online application page. You must apply online between November 1, 2013 and February 1, 2014.

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 undergraduate students with one or two years remaining in their or recent graduates who have not yet been accepted or enrolled in a graduate program.

How Do I Apply For Funding Through The Leadership Alliance?

The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program SR-EIP, offers undergraduates, interested in pursuing a PhD or MD-PhD, the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution. Learn more on the Leadership Alliance page.

How Many Hours/Week Do Interns Work?

The experience is similar to that of a full time job. Participants typically dedicate 30-40 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. The 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.

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.

Can International Students Apply?

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

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.