December 16, 2020

MDisability Internship Program Open for Summer 2021 Applicants

2020 MDisability Interns
Join a growing network of disability health trainees in the 9-week MDisability summer internship program

Eligible, prospective undergraduate or graduate students are invited to apply for MDisability’s 9-week summer internship program. MDisability is a University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Family Medicine (DFM) funded program focused on improving the inclusion of people with disabilities in healthcare research, education, practice and community engagement. MDisability’s internship provides students with opportunities to develop basic research skills; gain exposure to disability related health policy; engage in community and educationally based disability projects; and explore best practices for the education of providers with disabilities and the care of patients with disabilities.

From mid-June to mid-August 2021, MDisability interns will work with U-M DFM faculty members, several who are nationally recognized disability health researchers and experts in the disability health field. At this time, it is anticipated that the Summer 2021 internship program will be held online with potential in-person clinic and community experiences held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, dependent on the status of the COVID pandemic at the start of the program in June 2021. A $2,000 stipend will be provided. Eligibility criteria and how to apply instructions are below.

Interns will:

  • Complete Program for Education and Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship (PEERRS) training, must be completed prior to start of the internship
  • Participate in weekly Journal Club with various DFM faculty members
  • Complete a project in one or more MDisability domains (research, community, education, clinical) to be developed with faculty mentors and completed during the 9-week internship (projects may lead to publication or poster presentation) See project examples here, MDisability Summer 2020 intern projects.
  • Present project to DFM faculty and staff at the end of the internship
  • Attend and have the opportunity to participate in regularly scheduled DFM and pertinent U-M Medicine department meetings including research, MDisability, Center for Disability Health and Wellness

If in-person opportunities are held (and applicant is able to participate in-person), interns will:

  • Shadow DFM MDisability faculty, including at local DFM clinic locations
  • Participate in external disability-focused community organization events 



Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Recent graduate from an undergraduate program, or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate
  • degree program (Junior or higher class standing) with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be available full time from mid-June to mid-August

    Ability to commit to a 40-hour work week

  • United States Citizenship (or hold permanent resident status) or international students currently enrolled in US college/university holding a student non-immigrant visa
  • Students with disabilities encouraged to apply

How to apply

Email your CV/resume and a one-page personal statement explaining your interest in the program to Dawn Michael, MDisability Program Coordinator at [email protected]. Applications must be received by January 29, 2021.