Visiting Research Internship Program VRIP

Program for Medical Students: Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP)


The Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP) is an eight-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich medical students' interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational research careers.

In addition to a mentored clinical/translational research experience, VRIP students participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty focusing on topics such as research methodology, health disparities, ethics, and career paths. Participants also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical School programs such as career development seminars and networking dinners.


Eligible participants are first and second year medical students, particularly individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine and/or disadvantaged individuals, in good standing from accredited U.S. medical schools. US Citizens or U.S. Noncitizen Nationals or Permanent Residents of U.S. are eligible to apply.

Program Details and How to Apply

2019 application process is now closed.

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2018 VRIP Student Interns | June 4 – July 27, 2018

Godwin Boaful, Brown University Alpert Medical School
Mentor: Peter Moschovis, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital

Mariah Cooper, University of North Dakota School of Medicine
Mentor: Giorgio Giatsidis, MD (Dennis P. Orgill, MD, PhD - PI), Brigham and Women's Hospital

William Blake Swicord, University of Alabama School of Medicine
Mentor: Anthony Rosenzweig, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Imazul Qadir, Howard University College of Medicine
Mentor: Carmen Priolo, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Abraham Isak, Howard University College of Medicine
Mentor: Alexander Lin, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Cristina Rivera Ramirez, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus
Mentor: Ronilda Lacson, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital