December 7, 2021

Applications for the MDisability Summer 2022 Internship Program are Now Open

Eligible, prospective undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or early graduate students, or individuals taking a gap year, are invited to apply for MDisability’s summer internship program, which takes place from June 6 to Aug. 5, 2022. MDisability is a University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School and Department of Family Medicine (DFM) funded program focused on improving the inclusion of people with disabilities in healthcare research, medical education, primary care, and community engagement. MDisability’s internship provides students with opportunities to develop basic research skills; gain exposure to disability-related health policy; engage in educational and community-based disability projects; and explore primary care best practices for patients with disabilities and for providers with or without disabilities.

During the nine-week internship, MDisability interns will work with U-M DFM faculty members, several of whom are nationally recognized disability health researchers and experts in the disability health field. The summer 2022 internship program will be held virtually or in person with clinic and community experiences held in Ann Arbor, MI. A $2,000 stipend will be provided. Eligibility criteria and how to apply instructions are as follows:


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program (Junior or higher class standing, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher), post-baccalaureate or early graduate students, or individuals in a gap year
  • Must be available full time from June 6 to Aug. 5, 2022
  • Must have the ability to commit to a 40-hour work week
  • Have United States Citizenship (or hold permanent resident status) or international students currentlyenrolled in a U.S. college/university and hold a student non-immigrant visa
  • Students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply 

Interns will:

  • Complete Program for Education and Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship (PEERRS) training. This training must be completed prior to the start of the internship
  • Attend a weekly Journal Club or faculty series with various DFM faculty members
  • Complete a project in one or more MDisability domains (clinical, research, education, or community), to be developed with faculty mentors and completed during the nine-week internship. Projects may lead to a publication or poster presentation. Please see project examples here: MDisability Summer 2021 intern projects.
  • Complete a group project with other summer interns that addresses a community or disability health need
  • Prepare and present internship projects to DFM faculty and staff at the end of the internship
  • Attend and participate in DFM and pertinent Michigan Medicine regularly scheduled meetings including DFM research, MDisability, and Center for Disability Health and Wellness

Applicants able to participate in person will:

  • Shadow DFM MDisability faculty at local U-M DFM clinic locations
  • Participate in external, disability-focused, community organization events 

How to apply:

  • Email your CV/resume and a one-page personal statement (up to 500 words) explaining your interest in the program to MDisability Program Coordinator Dawn Michael at [email protected]
  • Applications must be received by January 31, 2022