2024 MDisability Summer Internship Application

Do you have a desire to learn more about how to improve healthcare for people with disabilities? 

Apply to learn about the access challenges inherent in healthcare environments and how to conduct research that addresses barriers to care for people with disabilities.

The application submission window is closed. The 2024 intern cohort will be announced in March.

Program Overview

The MDisability summer internship is a University of Michigan Medicine, Department of Family Medicine program focused on the inclusion of people with disabilities in research, medical education, clinical care, and community engagement. The nine-week summer internship provides students and recent graduates with opportunities to develop basic research skills; work with researchers and clinicians specializing in disability health; gain exposure to disability-related health policy; learn clinical care best practices to improve health outcomes and access to care for this patient population; and engage in community and medical education-based disability projects.

The MDisability summer internship was developed to increase the representation of researchers and clinicians interested in disability health to tackle long-standing health inequities in primary care. 

“The MDisability Program is among the very few programs in this country that introduces students to a unique blend of disability health research education, hands-on activities with faculty, and critical insight on what it means to care for people with disabilities,” McKee said. “It’s rewarding for me to mentor students who want to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. We’ve created critical momentum in changing how future medical professionals will care for people with disabilities." [Director Dr. Michael McKee]  

Who is eligible?

  • 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 during the internship period, June 10 – August 2, 2024.
  • Must have the ability to commit to a 40-hour workweek and participate for the entire nine-week period.
  • Have United States Citizenship (or hold permanent resident status) or international students currently enrolled in a U.S. college/university and hold a student non-immigrant visa.
  • Applicants with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

When and where is the internship held?

The 2024 summer internship will run from Monday, June 10 to Friday, August 2.  

The internship program will be a hybrid format to include virtual meetings and training with faculty and staff and in-person clinic and community experiences as available.

A $4,000 stipend will be provided. Please direct any questions to Dawn Michael, the MDisability Program Coordinator, at [email protected]

What are the internship requirements?

  • Complete Program for Education and Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship (PEERRS) training. This training must be completed before the start of the internship.
  • Attend a weekly Journal Club or faculty series with various family medicine 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. For project examples, view previous intern project presentations and internship work: 202020212022, 2023.
  • Complete a group project with other MDisability summer interns that addresses a community or disability health need.
  • Prepare and present internship projects to family medicine faculty and staff at the end of the internship.
  • Attend and participate in family medicine and pertinent Michigan Medicine regularly scheduled meetings including family medicine research, MDisability, and the Center for Disability Health and Wellness.

Applicants who can participate in person will:

  • Shadow family medicine MDisability faculty at local Michigan Medicine family medicine clinic locations and with MDisability faculty partners and locations as available, and participate in a Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor HealthCare rotation and/or research project.
  • Participate in external, disability-focused, community organization events.

How to apply:

  • At the link below, complete the online application form and submit it with your CV/resume and a one-page personal statement (up to 500 words) explaining your interest in the program.
    • You will be required to upload your CV/resume and personal statement at the end of the application. Your application will not be complete until the documents are uploaded.
  • Link: 2024 MDisability Summer Internship Application
  • Applications must be received by January 31, 2024, 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
  • Please direct any questions to Dawn Michael, the MDisability Program Coordinator, at [email protected]