The Sansum Diabetes Research Institute’s Summer Internship Program, funded by the Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation, has a primary focus on diabetes mellitus, but interns learn about and are involved in a wide variety of clinical research and medically oriented activities. Providing insight into both clinical and academic medicine as well as medical research, this internship program offers a comprehensive learning experience for upper-class undergraduate students or recent college graduates interested in a biomedical or medical career.
Interns spend six to eight weeks (the dates of the program vary from year to year) at SDRI. Interns (1) shadow SDRI and community physicians practicing in various fields of medicine, (2) work on an assigned project contributing to the research or community outreach goals of SDRI, (3) attend research program presentations by staff and visiting scientists, and (4) learn to critically review pertinent literature. There are weekly education sessions on diabetes mellitus and its treatment and complications. Interns receive instruction in many aspects of clinical research including writing, analyzing and presenting research results. Students with an interest or goal of a medical research or clinical career are encouraged to apply.
Reflecting on a Diabetes Internship: An Intern's Blog
“My experience at SDRI was a hugely stretching one, as I was presented with new challenges and responsibilities that required me to step up to the plate and take charge of my own work in a refreshing way. Working with the SDRI team helped me understand what it meant to be truly dedicated to patient-centered care, where relationships with people really mattered. It was a joy to be a part of a team that was dedicated not only to the organization's growth and innovation, but mine as well.” Katie Skiff, Fall 2016 Intern, Westmont College