High School and Undergraduate Student Outreach

“You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” - Mark Twain

Mitchell Cancer Institute's 2019 Summer Internship Program

The University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute is proud to announce the development of a new Undergraduate Summer Intern Program, offering a $2,500 stipend to students who successfully complete the 8-10-week research experience. This internship will consist of laboratory training and hands-on completion of a research project (30-40 hours per week), with a final presentation of results to the MCI research faculty and staff. The presentations will be judged, and the winner will receive and extra prize of $500, and MCI will pay travel expenses for the winner to attend the AACR meeting in April 2020. The program is open to undergraduate students attending any accredited institution. MCI will fund up to five undergraduate students in 2019. A selection committee of MCI researchers will evaluate candidate’s applications consisting of a transcript of grades, a 1,000-word personal statement and a recommendation letter from a professor. Finalists will be interviewed either in person or via Skype, with interns being selected from the pool of finalists. We would like to acknowledge the generous support of Wells Fargo Bank for making this program possible.

The High School Summer Volunteer Intern Program: Due to extremely high demand for requests to work at MCI, we have developed a competitive selection process to identify the best candidates. High school students must meet the minimum age requirement of 16 to participate. A committee of MCI researchers will evaluate candidates' applications consisting of a transcript of grades, a 1,000-word personal statement and a recommendation letter from a teacher. Finalists will be interviewed either in person or via Skype, with interns being selected from the pool of finalists. Students selected will have the opportunity to shadow scientists in MCI labs, as well as physicians in MCI clinics. The number of students selected will be determined by available space.

To submit an internship application for either program, please send your full name, home address, phone number, email address and school name to mci.interns@health.southalabama.edu. Applications must include the following three attachments:

  • Personal Statement
  • Transcript of Grades
  • Recommendation Letter

The application deadline for the Undergraduate Summer Intern Program is March 1, 2019, and the deadline for the High School Summer Volunteer Intern Program is May 1, 2019.

For more information about opportunities for high school and undergraduate students at MCI, contact Steve McClellan, coordinator of Youth Outreach, at smcclellan@health.southalabama.edu.

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