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Pediatric Research Summer Internship Program

The Pediatric Research Summer Internship is an eight-week program that offers participants the opportunity to engage and learn among expert scientists at one of the largest public medical schools in the United States. The program is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students with a strong aptitude for science to gain hands-on experience in pediatric bench research.

The Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research is committed to providing students with a program experience full of diverse thoughts, perspectives and abilities. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The 2023 program will take place from June 5 through July 28, 2023.

2023 Summer Internship

Applications for the 2023 program have closed.

If you are a student interested in future participation, please check this page periodically for updated details.


Inspiring the Future of Pediatric Research

The goal of the Summer Internship Program is to enhance interest in careers in pediatric health research, particularly at IU School of Medicine.

Throughout the program, students work closely with faculty mentors and participate in lab work. Students are expected to attend all organized events, design and execute a research project, and participate in research an average of 40 hours per week. The experience also includes informational seminar series events and opportunities to engage with faculty and peers at the Wells Center and elsewhere on campus. At the end of the program, students showcase their research with an oral presentation and are awarded a certificate of completion.

The Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research has hosted hundreds of bright and eager learners as part of this competitive and prestigious internship program since it began nearly 25 years ago. Many students return to participate more than once, and several advance to pursue flourishing careers in health and science.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can apply?

    Applicants must be at least 18 years old, enrolled as an undergraduate student and must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.

  • What information is required for the application?

    Applicants will be expected to answer several questions about their backgrounds and aspirations. An unofficial copy of transcripts and contact information for a professional or academic reference are also required.

    Applicants are encouraged to notify their references about a letter of recommendation request prior to starting the application. Applications are not considered complete until a reference has personally submitted their letter of recommendation.

  • How long does the application take?

    Applicants can expect to take 45-60 minutes to complete all the required components of the online application.

  • How long is the program?

    The summer internship is an eight-week program. A one-week vacation may be permitted. Vacations must be approved by the student's mentor at the beginning of the program.

  • Is this a paid internship?

    Yes. Participants receive a stipend of $3,500. 

  • Is housing provided?

    No, housing is not provided. For information about housing on the IUPUI campus and surrounding areas, visit

  • What can students expect from the program?

    Students will design and execute a research project in close consultation with a mentor. During the duration of the program, students are expected to participate in research an average of 40 hours per week.

  • Is a final project due upon completion of the program?

    Yes. Near the end of the program, students are expected to submit an abstract describing the research conducted during the summer. A symposium is held where students give an oral presentation describing their summer projects.

  • What activities take place during the summer?

    The program organizes several talks and discussion panels related to careers in research and other biomedical fields. There are also meet-and-greet arrangements that provide participants with opportunities to interact with fellow interns in the cohort.

  • Who can I contact for additional information?

    Please send all inquiries to