Weill Cornell Graduate School ACCESS Summer Internship for Undergraduates

Title: The ACCESS Summer Internship Program

Salary Range:  Not Known

Consideration Date: February 1, 2018

Brief Description:

Weill Cornell Graduate School would like to announce “ACCESS Summer Internship Program | Undergraduate Research”. It is designed for undergraduate students to enhance their understanding of modern biology and medical research. Interns gain hands-on experience in a biomedical research laboratory and are encouraged to apply to Ph.D. programs. Selected students are placed in laboratories at the Weill Cornell Medical College under the mentorship of experienced faculty members.

Journal Club – Students will learn to analyze and discuss scientific journal articles by participating in weekly journal clubs.

Seminar Series – Students attend lectures and discussions aimed at enhancing their understanding of the current status of biomedical research, the pathways available to enter a research career, the range of career opportunities available, and the requirements for admission to graduate school.

Presentations – At the end of the program students give an oral presentation and prepare a written a report.


The program lasts 10 weeks during the summer and begins June 4, 2018. At the end of 10 weeks (August 10), a celebratory award ceremony is held in which students give poster and oral presentations on their research.

Hosted By:

The Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WCGS) (formerly known as the Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences) is a graduate college of Cornell University that was founded in 1952 as an academic partnership between two major medical institutions in New York City: the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Sloan-Kettering Institute.


All applicants must:

  • Be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Demonstrate a committed interest to pursue graduate study toward a PhD.
  • Have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program.
  • Be a documented U.S. citizen or permanent resident in possession of an alien registration receipt card (I-551) or another legal document of such status at the time of application. International citizens studying in the United States with an F-1 Visa are not eligible. Individuals seeking asylum or refugees are not eligible.

Applications are encouraged from:

  • Individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in research careers in the sciences, social sciences and humanities in the academic, public or private sectors, including students who identify as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.
  • Individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. We understand that some disabilities affect vision, speech, hearing, attention, learning, or mobility, and other disabilities are not obvious.
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined by the Department of Health & Human Services as those who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These income levels are published at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/14poverty.cfm
  • Undergraduates who bring diversity to academic study by reason of their culture, class, race, ethnicity, background, work and life experiences, skills and interests.

How to Apply:

Applicants must Sign-up for a login to access the application through the given link:


Supporting Documents:

Have the following ready before you complete this application.

Please indicate why you would like to participate in this summer research program, discuss your previous research experiences and also indicate your short- and long-term career goals. Please keep your essay to 2 pages.

Transcript/Academic Record

Upload an unofficial transcript(s) to the Academic History portal. Transcripts for every college or university you have attended must be submitted.

Letters of Recommendation

In the Supporting Information section of the application, please enter contact information for 2 recommenders:

  • A letter of recommendation from a research faculty member from a lab you have worked in or who is familiar with your research potential.
  • A letter of recommendation from a science faculty instructor or program director (such as: MARC, RISE, McNair, etc.) commenting on your motivation and potential for scientific research.

Proof of Citizenship

In the Supporting Documents section, under “Documents” in the “Other Relevant Documents” section, please upload one of the following as proof of US Citizenship or permanent resident visa status:

  • U.S. Citizenship: A copy of your birth certificate or US Passport
  • Permanent Resident Visa: A copy of your Permanent Resident Visa card

Financial Assistantship:

Each student receives a generous stipend of $4,000 and up to $500 for travel expenses. On-campus housing is provided free of charge to those who are not from the New York City area.

More Information:


Contact Information:

Marcus Lambert, Ph.D.
ACCESS Program Director
Phone: 212-746-6565