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Student Internships

Grand Rapids, MI
ID: 979-085







Van Andel Institute (VAI) offers a research internship program designed to provide medical students the opportunity to work closely with a research mentor on a project exploring the cellular, molecular, and genetic basis of human disease. The goal of this program is to introduce medical students to the concepts and practice of design, implementation, interpretation, and presentation of basic biomedical research.  


We expect to support two (2) medical student internships. This program is competitive, based on recommendations, previous experience, and a personal meeting, telephone interview, or interview via Zoom. Students are expected to work full-time for the duration of the internship, so participation in this program is not compatible with working at another job.  


Thank you to our sponsor and their generous gift to support the medical student internship program: 


  • Van Andel Institute Graduate School




The internship will be a six to nine-week research experience based on the time availability of the applicant.  


Placement: Each applicant's internship will be based on their research interests selected on the application form. Each experience will be different based on the research question, mentor, and status of the project. Work environments include any of the basic science laboratories or core facilities at VAI.  




The Medical Student Research Internship Program will be limited to a 40-hour work week with pay at $16.00/hr.     




Medical students must be currently enrolled and in good standing with their medical school.  


Van Andel Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. We strongly encourage student applicants from minority serving institutions including historically black colleges & universities, tribal colleges & universities and Hispanic serving institutions, as well as McNair Scholars. 


International students are eligible to apply if they meet the requirements for the program and are legally permitted to work and earn income in the United States. Van Andel Institute does not sponsor visas for interns. 




An attachment (PDF file format) is required to support your online application:   

A cover letter and resume will need to be combined as a single PDF file and then uploaded as an attachment with your online application: 


  • A cover letter indicating why you would like to participate in this internship and your career goals;
  • A resume, which includes your education, research experience, skills, volunteer experience, and publications (if any);


Incomplete application packets will not be considered.  




  • Two (2) current letters of recommendation from college/university professors, research mentors, and/or supervisors. Recommenders are to submit letters of recommendation to Letters of recommendation are to be on institute letterhead in PDF file format. Applicants are responsible for contacting professors, research mentors and/or supervisors to request letters of recommendation to be submitted to the Undergraduate & Internship Program Committee. We recommend applicants provide a copy of this internship job description to recommenders. Applicants are NOT to submit their own letters of recommendation to the Undergraduate & Internship Program Committee. When emailed, letters of recommendation should be addressed to the attention to the Undergraduate & Internship Program Committee.


  • Letter of good standing from current institution (Academic Dean's Office, Academic Student Affairs or Academic Affairs) should be emailed to and addressed to the attention of the Undergraduate & Internship Program Committee.




Before beginning the online employment application, review the medical student research internship job description in its entirety. Please also combine your cover letter and resume as a single pdf file.


  1. Click theAPPLY” button to start VAI's online employment application  
  2. Review and accept the application certification to continue with completing the online application 
  3. Complete the remainder of the online application including:  
  4. Contact information 
  5. Using the “resume/CV document” feature, upload the single PDF filewith your cover letter and resume after entering your contact information
  6. Job preferences 
  7. Work authorization status 
  8. Education 
  9. Profile attachments – As long as you uploaded your cover letter and resume under the contact information section, you will not need to upload any additional documents under profile attachments section
  10. Resume/CV content – As long as you uploaded your cover letter and resume under the contact information section, you will not need to upload any additional documents under the resume/cv content section
  11. Pre-employment questions for medical student applicants
    • There are 14 pre-employment questions in total. 
    • All provided fields/sections must be completed accurately and thoroughly for consideration in the Medical Student Research Internship Program.
    • Please make sure you have reviewed the VAI faculty profiles before answering pre-employment questions. Faculty profiles can also be reviewed by research area (or department)
  12. Voluntary-Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) 
  13. Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability 
  14. Review Reasonable Accommodation Notice 




Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from December 1, 2022 through March 1, 2023 for medical internships with employment start dates between April 1, 2023 – September 1, 2023. Completed applications will be reviewed by the Undergraduate & Internship Program Committee, as well as the VAI faculty and core directors/managers. Any inquiries regarding your application should be sent via email to; inquiries will receive responses as information becomes available.


All offers for the Medical Student Research Internship Program positions will be contingent upon the satisfactory results of a Background Investigation and Drug Screen.  




Assignments may involve the use of potentially hazardous chemicals, hazardous or radioactive materials, or maybe in areas where such materials are used. Adherence to safety policies and procedures along with proper storage and disposal methods are required.  




Student Interns are not eligible for holiday pay on the following days VAI officially closes for business:  


  • Memorial Day – Monday, May 29, 2023
  • Juneteenth – Monday, June 19, 2023
  • Independence Day – Tuesday, July 4, 2023
  • Labor Day – Monday, September 4, 2023




Local area colleges/universities may have student housing available. Students are responsible for their own travel, housing, room and board.   

Grand Valley State University (GVSU)

o    Apply for Housing:

o    Contact: Mike Ashcraft  |  Client Services Manager for Residential Camps & Conferences

o    Email Address:

o    Telephone Number: 616-331-5828

o    Contact Mike Ashcraft regarding 2023 summer housing dates for GVSU


Aquinas College   

o    Please CLICK HERE to find out more about our summer housing offerings and application process. Requires a google account to access the website:

o    Contact: Mike Ingram | Assistant Director | Email Address:

o    Telephone Number: 616-632-2945

o    Schedule a Meeting: 30-Minute Meeting

o    Contact Mike Ingram regarding 2023 housing dates for Aquinas College


Calvin University

o    Apply for Housing:

o    Contact: Samuel Tuit  |  Events Assistant

o    Email Address:

o    Telephone: 616-526-7045

o    Contact Samuel Tuit regarding available Calvin College’s 2023 housing dates and COVID-19 vaccination policy


If you require additional information on housing options, please contact Michelle Love at




Student Interns will be offered FREE parking in the Michigan Street Development ramp during their internship. During the orientation process, Physical Security will provide Student Interns with a parking permit for their vehicle. The parking structure is located on Michigan Street, directly north of VAI. Parking in this ramp is contingent upon availability. Additionally, there are bike racks available for your use outside of the main entrance.


All medical student interns receive a salary of $16.00per hour.

  • Medical student interns without vehicles that are funded through Van Andel Institute Graduate School receive the following additional benefits:
  • The Rapids bus passes
  • Reimbursement for on-demand transportation to and from their home airport
  • Reimbursement for on-demand transportation to and from the GRR airport

If you require additional information on student intern benefits, please contact Michelle Love at


At Van Andel Institute, the health and safety of our people is our number one priority. As a condition of employment at Van Andel Institute, all employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. “Full vaccination” is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. 


VAI is committed to achieving excellence through increasing diversity. We actively encourage applications from women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups. 


Van Andel Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer.   


As Van Andel Institute is a drug and alcohol-free employer, all prospective new employees undergo a urinalysis/drug test as part of our pre-employment process.  This is a 7-panel drug screen and it includes testing for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, PCP, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines. 


This position is located at 333 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI. View the Google Map in full screen.