MDisability 2023 Internship Application

Do you have a desire to learn more about how to improve healthcare for people with disabilities? MDisability is now accepting applications for the nine-week 2023 summer internship program. Apply to learn about the access challenges inherent in healthcare environments and how to conduct research that addresses barriers to care for people with disabilities.

Who is eligible?

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program (Junior or higher class standing, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher), post-baccalaureate or early graduate students, or individuals in a gap year
  • Must be available full time during the internship period, generally early June through early August
  • Must have the ability to commit to a 40-hour work week
  • Have United States Citizenship (or hold permanent resident status) or international students currently enrolled in a U.S. college/university and hold a student non-immigrant visa
  • Students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply 

When and where is the internship held?

The annual internship is held during the summer months. It begins during the first full week of June and runs for nine weeks. The internship program is held virtually although in-person clinic and community experiences are available. A $2,000 stipend will be provided. Please direct any questions to Dawn Michael, the MDisability Program Coordinator, at dawnmi@med.umich.edu

What are the internship requirements?

  • Complete Program for Education and Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship (PEERRS) training. This training must be completed prior to the start of the internship
  • Attend a weekly Journal Club or faculty series with various family medicine faculty members
  • Complete a project in one or more MDisability domains (clinical, research, education, or community), to be developed with faculty mentors and completed during the nine-week internship. Projects may lead to a publication or poster presentation. For project examples, view previous intern project presentations and internship work: 2020 intern projects2021 intern projects, and 2022 intern projects.
  • Complete a group project with other summer interns that addresses a community or disability health need
  • Prepare and present internship projects to family medicine faculty and staff at the end of the internship
  • Attend and participate in family medicine and pertinent Michigan Medicine regularly scheduled meetings including family medicine research, MDisability, and Center for Disability Health and Wellness

Applicants able to participate in person will:

  • Shadow family medicine MDisability faculty at local Michigan Medicine family medicine clinic locations
  • Participate in external, disability-focused, community organization events 

How to apply:

  • Email your CV/resume and a one-page (up to 500 words) personal statement explaining your interest in the program and how you heard about it to Dawn Michael, MDisability Program Coordinator at dawnmi@med.umich.edu
  • Applications must be received by January 31, 2023