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Paid Summer Internship Program

About the Program

Projects in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at UC San Diego Health's summer internship program cover a range of topic areas and vary according to the intern's background and interests. Past projects have included predictive modeling for personalized medicine; privacy technology; natural language processing; image processing and retrieval; integration of genotypic, phenotypic, and behavioral patient data for discovery; informed consent ontology/tools; and blockchain technology.

Eligibility & Availability

Generally, the summer internship opportunity is available for undergraduate students, graduate students, M.D.'s, other postdocs and veterinarians from diverse backgrounds on a limited basis, and contingent upon funding.  

Limited positions are available through the NIH Short Term Training Positions program, which encourages under-represented minority researchers in data science and informatics. Applicants must be from an under-represented minority (including women) and a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal U.S. resident.  

There are also a limited number of position openings funded by the University of California-Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI DDI) for UC San Diego students.  UC San Diego under-represented undergraduate or graduate students are encouraged to apply.  For this opportunity (UC-HSI DDI),  the U.S. citizen or permanent legal residency requirement does not apply.

See the eligibility criteria.

Internships will include:

Stipend Support

  • Virtual hands on experience
  • Participation in a 2-Day Bootcamp, and Full Summer Curriculum Training Program
  • Learning about biomedical data analysis
  • Work with experienced faculty, postdocs and students
  • Work with a designated Mentor
  • "Virtual" office space via Zoom
  • “Virtual” Happy Hours

Additional Criteria:

  • Applicants are expected to be available 40 hours/weeks
  • The most highly qualified applicants have at least basic experience in computer science, human-computer interaction, or related disciplines
  • Must be at least 18 years of age by the program start date
  • Must be currently enrolled or employed at a university or other research institution
  • Must currently reside and be eligible to work in the United States

How to Apply

 Applications require the following:

  1. A personal statement
  2. Your educational transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  3. A resume
  4. At least one, and up to three personal references.
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For administrative questions, contact:

Elizabeth Santillanez
Program Coordinator

For programmatic questions, contact:

Dr. Jejo Koola

Dr. Tsung-Ting Kuo

Information about our faculty mentors, internship students, research projects, and annual symposiums for previous years are posted in the links provided in the left bar area of this page.

2021 Timeline

February 22 Application Period opens
March 19 Applications will no longer be accepted
April 12 Notification of acceptance or waitlist status
April 22 Response required from intern to guarantee participation
June 21 Program begins
Week of August 9th Final presentations and Career Conference
August 13* Program concludes

* End date contingent on term of internship, depending upon funding source.