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Pre-Med Undergraduate Summer Internship

Check back in early 2023 for application information.

Note: IRMC also offers a summer externship for high school students. Speak with your schools guidance counselor for specific details and application.

About the Program

The IRMC Pre-Med Undergraduate Summer Internship will be a valuable experience for pre-med undergraduate students to become immersed in the healthcare environment. The internship will be held at various locations throughout the IRMC health system. It is designed to give college students who wish to pursue a career in medicine the opportunity to shadow physicians in various specialties. Some of the specialties will include Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Oncology, etc. At this time, medical schools require ~ 300 hours of clinical exposure, with at least 100 of them being shadowing, for entrance. Research hours are not considered adequate to fulfill this requirement. In addition, medical schools have realized that volunteer hours often do not correlate with clinical medicine exposure. As a result, they are no longer accepting those hours for this purpose. At the completion of the IRMC Summer Internship, each participant will receive a Certificate documenting the hours (320) and medical rotations for their medical school applications. It is a good opportunity to get an in depth exposure to medicine and determine if this career path is the right one for you.

Dan Clark, MD is the director for the summer internship. Dr. Clark is also the Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, along with being the Director of the IRMC Comprehensive Breast Center. Dr. Clark also did a similar program when he was in school and felt it was invaluable. Prior to coming to IRMC in 2018, he also ran a similar program at his prior health system. According to Dr. Clark, “It gives the student one on one time with experienced physicians and often results in career long relationships.” In addition, the interns will be involved in networking events with luncheons with other interns, along with physician leaders. They will also participate in conferences and rounds, along with an event at the end of the internship.

It is expected that the program will be competitive. It will only be open to students who are from Indiana or surrounding counties. There will be 8 positions available for the 8 week internship. Each participant will spend one week with a different specialist each week.

Program Dates & Schedule

Application due date: Friday, April 15, 2022
Notification of acceptance or denial: Friday, May 6, 2022
Start Date: Monday, June 20, 2022
End Date: Friday, August 12, 2022

Interns must be able to work Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Hours may varying on some rotations, but will be limited to 40 hours per week.

Applicants MUST be able to complete the entire 8 week program without any breaks or vacations.


  • Candidates must be enrolled in a four year undergraduate university with the intent to apply to medical school.
  • Candidates must be from Indiana or surrounding counties to be eligible to apply. (Cambria, Jefferson, Westmoreland, Armstrong)

Required Documentation

  • Resume
  • Copy of most recent transcript
  • One page statement describing why you want to become a physician

To apply for the program, please submit the required documentation to Ashley McDonald at

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