VCU Medical Science Internship Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A: Rising high school juniors and seniors, and rising college freshmen as of the program dates.

Q: Is residential housing provided?
A: Due to funding and staffing limitations, our program is currently unable to provide housing for interns.

Q: Is there an application fee or tuition to participate in the program?
A: No.

Q: Are there safety concerns in the lab?
A: Interns are required to follow all laboratory safety procedures. Usually, there are safety forms and tests to complete.

Q: What about confidentiality issues when shadowing physicians?
A: Students are required to sign and abide by the provisions stated by VCUHS for all patient information and related documents.

Q: Is this internship only for Virginia students?
A: No, but the program does not cover the costs of housing.

Q: What is the time commitment for research?
A: Developing manual dexterity and skills for running experiments and acquiring an in depth knowledge of a research project requires a great deal of time commitment. Thus, it is recommended that students work at least 30 hours a week to develop those skills. Due to the nature of the various projects, hours may fluctuate from week to week, and it is up to the mentor and the intern to work out suitable hours. Students are expected to attend all 5 weeks of the program. If you have other school activities (e.g., sports camps or training, band trips, travel abroad), or family vacations planned for this 5 week period, please be prepared to change or cancel your plans in order to take part in the MSIP program.

Q: What time to what time do I have to work each week?

A: Typically, interns will be working 9-5pm Monday through Friday.