Promoting integrity and excellence in research in an environment

that is collaborative, supportive, and builds capacity.

Native American Summer Research Internship (NARI)

The University of Utah, Department of Pediatrics National Institutes of Health Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) University of Utah, MD-PhD. Program

For Undergraduate Junior & Senior Students

The Native American Research Internship is a dynamic summer research opportunity for Native American undergraduate junior and senior students who are interested in Health Science research. The internship is located at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a 10-week, paid summer internship, funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Internship Focus

The internship focus is to provide Native American students an outstanding laboratory or clinically based research experience working alongside world-class research faculty at the University of Utah. The goal of the internship is to support the academic, career, and personal development of Native American students who are interested in Health Science careers. Each student will participate in approximately 40 hours/week of internship activities. Approximately 30 hours/week will be for research-related activities, and approximately 10 hours/week will be for academic/professional development.

Students will work closely with research mentors as well as Native American faculty and staff mentors, develop meaningful relationships within the Health Science and Native American research communities, attend a Native American Health conference, and have opportunities to shadow physicians at their clinical practice. Students will also gain insightful knowledge in the areas of graduate/medical school preparation, career development, additional academic opportunities, community engagement, professionalism, creating scientific posters, and presenting research material. Additionally, students who successfully complete a summer internship have the option to apply to participate again the next summer. The NARI Program includes the University of Utah, MD-PhD Program. This program track is designed to provide an outstanding experience for students who want to develop skills that will prepare them for a career as a physician-scientist. The objective of the program is to develop superb clinical skills and provide rigorous scientific training. It is also designed for individuals who are devoted to careers in academic medicine at either a medical school or research institute. Every summer NARI selects two students to participate in the NARI/MD-PhD track! Janet Bassett, Program Manager MD-PhD Training Program University of Utah School of Medicine 26 South 2000 East, Room 3650 HSEB Salt Lake City, UT 84112 801-585-6408 phone


The Native American Research Internship provides participants compensation for their participation in the summer program ($5,500.00), as well as housing at the University of Utah. Both the University of Utah students and non-University of Utah undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. No previous research experience is required.

Program Highlights:

  • 10-week paid full-time Research Assistant

  • Students work with world-renown University of Utah Researchers

  • Students are paired with Research Mentor and Community, Cultural, and Academic Mentoring Professionals

  • Students attend a summer health conference

  • Students have the opportunity to conduct a formal oral and poster presentation

  • Students are housed at the University of Utah, Summer Housing

  • Students work with local American Indian youth groups for different science and health-related activities

  • Students gain academic support from the university’s renowned faculty at the School of Medicine and other participating departments

  • Integrating Native American prayer and ceremony to provide support

Eligibility Requirements:

  • American Indian/Alaska Native Junior or Senior undergraduate

  • 1 Letter of Recommendation (Professor, Advisor, or Elder)

  • 1 Personal Statement

  • 1 Official academic transcript

  • Complete NARI application

  • Resume/CV (optional)

  • Immunization records (required for physician mentorship)

Apply here: NARI Application Deadline: February 19, 2020 Contact information: Scott Willie, NARI Program Coordinator The University of Utah, Department of Pediatrics Research Education Office 801-213-4116