TDRIP - Tropical Disease Research Internship Program

Baylor College of Medicine - National School of Tropical Medicine in collaboration with Baylor University's Prehealth Program has developed a Tropical Disease Research Internship Program during the summer to provide five undergraduate students who plan a career in global healthcare the opportunity to spend 9 weeks of their summer working with leaders in tropical disease research. The BU-TDRIP summer interns will be selected through a competitive application process coordinated with BU's Director of Prehealth Programs and the BCM-NSTM Laboratory & Compliance Manager.

Dr. Peter Hotez, MD

The BU-TDRIP interns will gain an understanding of neglected tropical and emerging infectious diseases, experience the development of vaccine target antigens from bench to clinic settings, and learn about translational public policy for the improvement of global health, including application of current research in local communities.

The BU-TDRIP will link the student interns with one of the BCM-NSTM research labs which will provide the interns' with a hands-on research experience in global healthcare. Additionally, the inters will be supervised and evaluated by the program's Laboratory & Compliance Manager. Through this relationship the intern will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of global healthcare and tropical disease research through direct observation of experienced researchers and mentor meetings. Coordination of the BU-DTRIP will be provided by the Laboratory & Compliance Manager at BCM-NSTM alongside with personnel within Baylor University's Office of Prehealth Studies. Through this position, each summer intern will be supervised in the assessment of a clinical or research problem and concept development and problem-solving for the problem. The intern will present a final paper and PowerPoint presentation describing the work on this project to the supervising facility coordinator and to the director of the Baylor's Prehealth Programs at the end of the summer.

BCM-NSTM has multiple units housed within the research institute. To learn more about these units CLICK HERE.


Accommodations: Interns are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own housing, transportation, and parking during the internship.

On-Boarding Process: Interns will be required to complete any necessary forms, background checks, drug screenings, and/or orientation processes from BCM-NSTM in order to participate in this internship.

Program Timeline
  • December 1st- Application to the program opens
  • February  - Applications due
  • March - Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled
  • March - Candidates will be selected and notified
  • April - Mandatory orientation for contract candidates
  • May - Mandatory credentialing process and paperwork
  • June - Summer Internships begins
  • August - Summer Internships conclude

Acceptance to this program will be based on academic achievements, student involvement, and best fit in order to create valuable volunteer/institution relationships.** Eligible students must have a completed application by the deadline in order to be reviewed for this opportunity.

** Students selected to participate in these programs must attend all mandatory meetings and be dedicated to completing the programs from beginning to end. We will NOT make any exceptions for missed meetings or time off. If a selected student is unable to participate in the program as indicated, then the student will be removed from the program immediately. If you cannot participate during a program's timeline, you should not apply to that program.

Prehealth Programs

(254) 710-3659

Mailing Address
One Bear Place #97341
Waco, TX 76798-7108

Office Location
BSB B111