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Extramural Research Opportunities for Students

Student Summer Internships, Apprentices, and Co-op Opportunities at Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim offers internship opportunities that might appeal to veterinary students, especially those with a research focus. For more information, please visit their website:
On the job tab, students can search using the keyword(s) “summer” or “intern.”

  • NIH Sponsored Opportunities


    The NIH is interested in providing veterinary medical students with the opportunity to participate in the NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIPBR). This program offers the opportunity to obtain research experience as a summer intern at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, combining both clinical and basic research. The Summer Research Internship Program is part of the larger NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research and it provides selected veterinary medical students with the opportunity to receive hands-on scientific research experience over the course of 8+ weeks. In addition to working in a laboratory, students also take advantage of other ongoing activities at the NIH, such as attending seminars, facility tours and meeting with veterinarians engaged in biomedical research. Students develop skills in scientific research while working with leading biomedical scientists using cutting edge technologies.

    Stipends are available for summer internships via this mechanism. The CVM Office for Research will provide an additional $1000 towards travel and housing fees for participating students.

    NIH Summer Research Internship Program in Biomedical Research for Veterinary Medical Students
    Summer Research Training Programs for Veterinary Students (SIPBR)

    General information for the NIH Summer Internship Program
    Summer Internship Program In Biomedical Research (SIP)


    The Medical Research Scholars Program endeavors to be the premier training program for future clinician-scientists that advances health by inspiring careers in biomedical research. By engaging students in basic, clinical, or translational research investigations, a curriculum rich in didactics and professional development, and a robust mentorship and advising program, MRSP prepares its Scholars to become tomorrow’s leaders in medicine and biomedical research. This is a 1-year program.

    Medical Research Scholars Program
    NIH Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) Website

    2021-2022 NIH MRSP Flyer

    2021-2022 Informational Seminar Recording

    To be eligible for this opportunity, students must meet the following criteria: be in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year in the veterinary program they are enrolled in ; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident ; have a strong interest in conducting basic, clinical, or translational research.

    Application deadline for Class of 2021-2022 is January 8, 2021

  • John’s Hopkins School of Medicine

    Five distinct summer fellowship opportunities for veterinary students. Eligible host labs are led by proven mentors, and have research interests in infectious disease, cancer biology, innate and adaptive immunity, neurology, cardiology, pathophysiology of stress, genetics, RNA biology, exosome biology, and translational pathology of animal models and animal model development. Veterinary students join a group of students from multiple veterinary schools, in addition to John Hopkins’ own veterinarian trainees and faculty. This is a great option for students who have already taken advantage of the opportunities at their own veterinary school and would like to try something different.

    Open to 1st and 2nd year veterinary students.

    John’s Hopkins School of Medicine – Veterinary Research Scholars Programs

  • Maddie’s Fund Summer Scholar Grant

    Maddie’s® Idea Lab is offering summer scholar grants to graduate or veterinary students at colleges or universities in the United States. These grants provide students with a summer stipend to pursue research and develop expertise under the guidance of a mentor. They encourage research projects that support the evaluation of innovative ideas that support lifesaving efforts or the utilization of foster care for dogs and cats.

    Applicants must be graduate or veterinary students currently enrolled and in good standing at a college or university in the US, and must be supported by a mentor at a a college or university. Please refer to the website for all criteria.

    Maddie’s Fund is not currently accepting applications for summer grants – please check the website regularly for updates.

    Maddie’s Fund Grant Application and Information

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    The Epidemiology Elective Program (EEP) introduces medical and veterinary students to applied epidemiology, public health, and global health* through hands-on experience and mentorship by CDC subject matter experts. This program offers 6- or 8-week rotations largely based at CDC in Atlanta, Georgia. The application period for 2021 rotations has ended– students should check the CDC website regularly for updates.

    Research training opportunities for veterinary students at CDC
    The Epidemiology Elective Program for Senior Medical and Veterinary Students

  • Non-PhD Postdoctoral and PhD Training


    This program helps address the shortage of veterinarians who are trained for independent research. It is funded by a T32 training grant from the NIH. It supports veterinarians during their research training as PhD Students at Stanford University. Veterinarians and 4th year veterinary students can apply for postdoctoral research training without being enrolled in a PhD program. Postdoctoral scholars are registered at Stanford University as non-matriculated non-degree seeking students, which allows deferment of student loans. The NIH requires a commitment of at least 2 years full-time. Trainees may be eligible for NIH student loan repayment programs. Training can involve any area of biomedical research. Applicants must identify a research mentor. Veterinarians with or without a PhD are eligible. Appointment to the training grant includes a stipend of $64,268/year plus funds to support training related expenses, including travel to present research findings at scientific meetings.

    Visit Stanford Medicine’s website here for more information