Summer Research Internship Program

Summer Research Internship Program logoThe Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP) provides experience in research laboratories for undergraduate students in Health Sciences who wish to learn the rationale, design strategies, methods and other aspects of biomedical research as research interns.  Participants will acquire both theoretical knowledge and practical training in research and scientific experimentation as they engage in studies under the direct supervision of investigators who are faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.  Research opportunities are available in the majority of our basic science departments; clinical internship positions are limited.

Participants must have completed their freshman undergraduate year to be eligible. Students who will have a BA or BS prior to the start of the program (June 2023) should not apply.  SRIP is appropriate for students considering application to advanced degree programs in biomedical sciences or medical school.

Program activities include a variety of career development and scientific research seminars offered weekly. Students interested in clinical medicine are given the opportunity to “round” with faculty and residents, providing a glimpse of life in clinical medicine at an academic institution.  Rotations are offered in various inpatient areas including the operating room and emergency department.  

In addition to the educational benefits, research interns are also compensated.  Unless otherwise indicated, housing is not provided.

The summer 2023 program will commence in June and conclude at the end of July.  Student interns will have the opportunity to present the results of their research in the form of a mandatory poster presentation the last week of the program.

SRIP is comprised of the following subspecialty groups:

  • Kidney Workshop (SRIP-Kid)
  • Heart, Lung, Blood Program (CHP2SRIP)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (SRIP-ENDO)
  • Adolescent Medicine and General Pediatrics (SRIP-AMP)
  • Infectious Disease and Immunology (SRIP-ID)
  • Genetics and Developmental Biology (SRIP-GDB)
  • Neurobiology (SRIP-NEURO)
  • Cancer (SRIP-CAN)

Learn more about SRIP below.

Kidney Workshop (SRIP-Kid)

Pitt Pediatrics and the Pitt Department of Medicine, Division of Renal-Electrolyte, offer an eight-week paid summer internship specific to those interested in kidney-related diseases, treatments, and research.

Heart, Lung, Blood Program (CHP2SRIP)

A special eight-week paid summer internship program designed for underrepresented minority undergraduate students from any college or university.

Application Process

Apply today for a SRIP program or contact the program leaders.


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