Research Internship Program

Cedars-Sinai and its faculty are committed to providing academic and educational opportunities for individuals with an interest in science and research. The Research Internship Program facilitates these experiences as structured and mentored opportunities that support learning in basic, translational and/or clinical research. Each opportunity is designed to foster and enhance essential skills such as idea generation, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, collaboration and teamwork. Though each research internship experience is unique, interns participate in the following core activities:

  • Safety training and orientation
  • Guidance and regular one-on-one meetings with research faculty
  • Opportunity to attend lab meetings, department meetings and journal clubs
  • Participation in lunchtime learning and networking events
  • Opportunity to enhance presentation skills
  • Attend or participate in the annual Poster Day in August

Research internships vary broadly in the range of experience they provide – observation to hands-on activities. Read the Eligibility section to determine the participation track that is right for you before exploring the available opportunities.

"The opportunities for aspiring young biomedical scientists to launch their careers by selecting an area of interest in the Research Internship Program are substantial. By linking interns with appropriate mentors, who provide oversight and education, Cedars-Sinai has created a rich environment where students are enthusiastic and well-supported throughout their stay. Interns are drawn from undergraduate science programs as well as from medical schools, making the mix of interests an asset in broadening the perspectives of those who engage in research. The best reflection of this is in the competitive end-of-year research presentations during Poster Day, which are of the highest caliber. Not only do our research interns learn about their specific projects, but they also develop networks of advisors and collaborators, are given opportunities to hone their presentational skills and to engage in scientific debate and discussion. We are indeed proud that the program is now receiving wide attention from highly talented young scientists and medical students."

Leon Fine, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Vice Dean, Research and Graduate Research Education
Cedars-Sinai