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Student Internships

Grand Rapids, MI
ID: 714-085




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.  


COVID-19 may affect on-site internships. Updates on medical student research  internships will be provided by the Research Advisory Committee, VAI COVID-19 Task Force and the Undergraduate & Internship Program Committee at:  




The Medical Student Research Internship Program will be limited to a 40-hour work week with pay at $15.00/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, researchmentors, and/or supervisors. Letters of recommendation should be mailed by recommenders to the address below or e-mailed (PDF files only) to   
  • Letter of good standing from current institution (Academic Dean's Office, Academic StudentAffairs or Academic Affairs) mailed to:  

Undergraduate & Internship Program Committee (98001/VAIGS)  

Medical Student Research Internship Program  

Van Andel Institute Graduate School / Van Andel Institute  

333 Bostwick Ave NE  

Grand Rapids, MI 49503   


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 the “APPLY” button to start VAI's online employment application  
  2. Review and accept the application certification to continue with completing the onlineapplication 
  3. Complete the remainder of the online application including:  
    • Contact information 
    • Using the “resume/CV document” feature, upload the single PDF file with your cover letter and resume after entering your contact information
    • Job preferences 
    • Work authorization status 
    • Education 
    • 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
    • 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
    • Pre-employment questions for medical student applicants
      • There are 13 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 be reviewed in alphabetical order by the Lead Investigator's last name or by research area (or department) 
    • Voluntary-Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) 
    • Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability 
    • Review Reasonable Accommodation Notice 



Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from December 2020 through March 2021 for medical internships with employment start dates between April 1, 2021 – November 1, 2021. 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 may be 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 31, 2021 
  • Independence Day – Monday, July 5, 2021 (observed) 
  • Labor Day – Monday, September 6, 2021



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

  • GVSU:
  • Tentative Move-In Dates: May 2021   |   Specific Dates: TBD
  • Tentative Move-Out Dates: August 2021   |   Specific Dates: TBD
  • Aquinas:  
  • Tentative Move-In Dates: May 2021   |   Specific Dates: TBD 
  • Tentative Move-Out Dates: July 2021   |   Specific Dates: TBD
  • If you require additional information on housing options, please contact

Michelle Love at  



Students will have the option to purchase a $15 parking pass for the ramp on Michigan Street, directly across from VAI.  


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