December 13, 2019

MDisability seeks candidates for 2020 summer internship program

MDisability is a department funded program focused on improving the inclusion of people with disabilities in healthcare research, education, practice and community engagement. Several of our faculty members are nationally recognized experts in the disability health field. This internship supports MDisability’s mission by providing opportunities to students to increase the number of disability health researchers, clinicians, educators and policy makers to improve access and quality of care for patients with disabilities. 

This opportunity is with the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) at the University of Michigan Medical School located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Students must reside in the Ann Arbor area during the duration of the internship, and be available full-time from mid-June to mid-August 2020. A $2,000 stipend will be provided. Eligible students will be asked to apply online (eligibility criteria below). 

This nine-week summer internship program will provide an opportunity for prospective undergraduate or graduate students to develop basic research skills, gain exposure to disability-related health policy, engage in community and educationally-based disability projects and explore best practices for the education of providers with disabilities and explore best practices for the education of providers with disabilities and the care of patients with disabilities.

Interns Will:

  • Complete Program for Education and Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship (PEERRS) training, must be done prior to start of the internship
  • Participate in weekly Journal Club with various DFM faculty members
  • Complete a project in one or more MDisability domains (research, community, education, clinical) to be developed with faculty mentors and completed during the 9-week internship (projects may lead to publication or poster presentation)
  • Will present their project to DFM faculty and staff at the end of the internship
  • Shadow DFM MDisability faculty, including at local DFM clinic locations
  • Attend and have the opportunity to participate in regularly scheduled DFM and pertinent U-M Medicine department meetings including research, MDisability, Center for Disability Health
  • Participate in external disability-focused community organization events


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Recent graduate from an undergraduate program, or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program (junior or higher class standing) with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • United States citizenship (or hold permanent resident status) or international students currently enrolled in US college/university holding a student non-immigrant visa
  • Ability to commit to a 40-hour work week
  • Students with disabilities encouraged to apply

How to Apply:

The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2020. Please send your CV/resume and a one-page personal statement explaining your interest in the program to Dawn Michael, MDisability Coordinator at