Undergraduate Summer Research Internship


The Ohio State University Center for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD) provides funding for an Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program to provide students experience in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to better understand health disparities. The 12- week program takes place from Monday, May 12 – August 1, 2014 in Columbus, OH. Interns will be matched with a researcher and participate in ongoing Center projects. A stipend will be provided to interns who work the required 38 hours per week. Up to 6 internships will be awarded.

The objectives of this internship program are to… 

  • Gain insights into the issues related to cancer prevention and control among Appalachian populations.
  • Increase knowledge of health disparities.
  • Obtain hands-on mentored research experience.
  • Become proficient in presenting scientific concepts to peers and mentors

The following topics are being examined through Center projects:

  • Genetic contributions to invasive cervical cancer
  • Influence of social networks on smoking behaviors
  • Biological effects of stress on immunity to HPV
  • Effects of a multi-level intervention on uptake of the HPV vaccine



Interns will be expected to participate in research project activities and other program-related activities 5 days a week (38 hours per week) during the 12 week period.  Approximately 16 hours per week will be devoted to a research assistantship on a study currently being conducted at Center. The remaining hours will be spent in educational and professional development seminars, team meetings, journal club, and computer lab. Students must be able to commit to the entire period in order to participate. In addition, interns will be expected to work on an independent research project. The following activities will be required of interns:

  1. Journal Club attendance
    • Interns will attend a weekly journal club and participate in discussions of articles. 
  2. Workshops
    • Interns will participate in workshops offered through the Training and Career Development Program.
  3. Research Proposal 
    • Interns, together with their mentor, will develop an independent research project to be completed by the end of the internship. 
  4. Presentation of Research Project
    • Interns will present the results of their independent project prior to the end of internship.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: jamesline@osumc.edu