Summer Internship Program

The CHEAR Summer Internship Program runs annually from June-August and includes trainees at all levels. A variety of schools are represented each year, such as the School of Public Health, School of information, College of LS&A, College of Engineering, and Undergraduate Medicine. Within the Program, trainees have numerous opportunities to interact and learn from faculty, both at the CHEAR Center and at the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation (IHPI). The Program culminates with student presentations, which are attended by faculty and staff within the CHEAR Center.

CHEAR Summer Internship Call for Applications

The Susan B. Meister Child Health and Evaluation Center is currently accepting applications for its 2024 CHEAR Summer Internship (CSI) Program. CSI is designed for undergraduate students who have an interest in health disparities and health services research. The goal of the CSI program is to increase the numbers of students who pursue careers in pediatric health services research.

The 10-week program will run June 3 to August 9, 2024, and will incorporate the following activities:

  1. Orientation and completion of any required training to participate in a research project
  2. Interactive workshops and didactic sessions
  3. Mentorship in conducting research
  4. Shadowing opportunities (if desired) 

CSI Intern Information:

CSI interns must be able to devote 30 hours per week to the internship which also consists of working in-person with a primary research mentor on a project, attending Career Journey Lecture series presented by CHEAR faculty, and participation in sessions offered by our collaborating centers on campus such as:

Up to 3 students will be selected. A stipend to support full-time commitment will be provided.

Applicants will need:

  • For CHEAR student workers: The name of the CHEAR faculty member who you are currently working with
  • For non-CHEAR student workers: The name of the preferred CHEAR faculty member whose area of research you are interested in
  • Essay (250 to 650 words) describing your research experience (if any), your research interests and specifically how they relate to health disparities, health services research, and/or child health and how participating in this program would fit into your research career trajectory
  • CV/resume


This program is open to students:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at U-M or other U.S. institutions
  • Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents
  • CSI interns must be able to devote 30 hours per week to the internship.
    • As a result, students taking summer school classes, studying for standardized tests (such as MCAT or GRE), or assuming any other paid or voluntary positions during the internship period which would interfere with program activities are not eligible.

Application Timeline

All applicants should submit their materials via e-mail to Dianne Singer at by April 8, 2024.