MD Anderson Internship

This competitive 10-week summer research program is designed for outstanding Baylor University undergraduate students interested in learning more about cancer research and treatment (click here for additional details about the program). The program will provide education in a broad range of topics including cancer biology, prevention, and therapeutics, and students will complete a mentored summer research project. Students will be selected for participation by an internal committee at Baylor University; subsequently, selected students will be placed in a variety of research labs at MD Anderson by the University Outreach Summer Programs administrators. This will require a second application process, only completed by the selected students. The second application is required to help our MD Anderson colleagues place the selected students in their labs.

The most successful applicants will have demonstrated success in STEM coursework (3.75 BCPM GPA or above). These students will also possess career goals that include a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D in the biological sciences or, secondarily, the desire to explore a medical career in oncology. Preference is shown to members of the Honors Program at Baylor University, to members of groups underrepresented in STEM careers, to low socioeconomic status or first generation college students, and to students who have demonstrated understanding of the nature of laboratory research (i.e. coursework exploring the nature of biological research, heavy emphasis in coursework in molecular and cellular biology, honors STEM coursework, participation in course-based undergraduate research, or other laboratory experience). Enrollment in either BIO 3342, CHE 4342, BIO 4306 or an approved upper level neuroscience, statistics, or engineering course in spring is an additional requirement of the program. Most importantly, we are looking for students who will make a great professional impression on their faculty so that Baylor is invited to continue participating.

Students are responsible for their own housing and living expenses for the summer. Provided you have a FAFSA on file with Baylor, the Honors College will provide a summer stipend of $2,500. Upon your return and pending satisfactory participation in the program, you will also be granted a $2,000 scholarship for the following academic year.

Application requirements:

  • A CV or resume (with appropriate file name as described in the application)
  • An unofficial copy of your transcript (with appropriate file name as described in the application)
  • A one-half to one-page personal statement (instructions are offered in the Qualtrics application)
  • A half-page essay describing the characteristics of an excellent undergraduate researcher. Also, include your prediction of the consequences of Baylor sending irresponsible or uninvested students to serve as summer interns at MD Anderson.
  • A single-spaced, half-page essay describing which MD Anderson investigator's research most interests you and why. ***You will most likely not be paired with this person. This is an intellectual exercise only.*** MD Anderson employs faculty who are active in research on many fronts: cancer prevention, cancer treatment, palliative care, psychology, diagnostics, nutrition, and more. To access a sampling of the faculty lab descriptions, click here
  • The email addresses of two Baylor professors who are aware of our application and willing to write a letter of recommendation as needed (they will only need to submit the letter to MD Anderson if you are selected but it will be due by the first week in January.)

Apply here. Applications are due November 29, 2021 at 11:59 pm