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Pediatric Research Summer Student Internship Program

Note: Applications for the summer of 2021 are not being accepted at this time. Interested parties are encouraged to return to this page in November 2021 for information about the 2022 Summer Program. 

The Pediatric Research Summer Student Internship is an eight-week program that offers participants the opportunity to engage in expert research. This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to gain hands-on experience in biomedical sciences. The program’s long-term goal is to increase the number of those choosing a career in pediatric health research.

Summer 2021

Thank you for your interest in the Wells Center Summer Internship. At this time, we are not accepting new applications. The portal will open for Summer 2022  in late November 2021. Visit the school's internship website to browse similar programs.

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The students work closely with chosen faculties and participate in lab work. To help students’ career development, an informal seminar series offers an opportunity for students to meet with faculty members in the center and elsewhere on campus. The program is a benefit for both the participating students and faculty. Students are required to attend all organized events and are awarded a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

With the estimated 200 applicants each year, the program continues to grow in national recognition and diversity. Many students return for a second or third year. With some in high school and others in medical school, participating students range in educational background.

Questions about the Internship Program

  • Who can apply?
    Applicants must be  at least 18 years old and must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have the appropriate visa.
  • How long is the program?
    The summer internship is an eight-week program. A one-week vacation may be permitted. Vacations must be approved by the mentor at the beginning of the program.
  • Is this a paid internship?
    Yes. Participants receive a stipend of $3500.  Restrictions or tax implications may apply for those who are in the U.S. on a visa.
  • Is housing provided?
    No, housing is not provided. For information about housing on the IUPUI campus and surrounding areas, contact
  • What can students expect from the program?
    Students design and execute a research project in close consultation with a mentor. During the duration of the program, students are expected to participate in research an average of 40 hours per week.
  • Is a final project due upon completion of the program?
    Yes. Near the end of the program, students are expected to submit an abstract describing the research conducted during the summer. A symposium is held where students give an oral presentation describing summer projects. Details for the format of the abstract and presentation are outlined here.
  • What activities take place during the summer?
    The program organizes several talks and discussion panels related to careers in research and other biomedical fields. There are also meet-and-greet opportunities that provide participants an opportunity to interact with fellow interns in the cohort.
  • Who can I contact for additional information?
    Please send all inquiries to


Meet the 23 faculty investigators who host interns for the Pediatric Summer Research Internship.

Steve Angus, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Chenleng Cai, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics

Simon J. Conway, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics

Joan M. Cook-Mills, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics

Linda A. DiMeglio, MD

Professor of Pediatrics

Jamie L. Felton, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Anthony B. Firulli, PhD

Carleton Buehl McCulloch Professor of Pediatrics

Melissa L. Fishel, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Eric P. Hanson, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Mark H. Kaplan, PhD

Chair, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Rachel A. Katzenellenbogen, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Mark R. Kelley, PhD

Betty and Earl Herr Professor of Pediatric Oncology Research

Benjamin J. Landis, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Yan Liu, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Lindsey D. Mayo, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

R. M. Payne, MD

Professor of Pediatrics

Nathan W. Schmidt, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Lei Wei, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics

Jingwu Xie, PhD

Jonathan and Jennifer Simmons Professor of Pediatrics

Kai Yang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Ji Zhang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics