Medical and Graduate

Visiting Research Internship Program

Program for Medical Students

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 events.


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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

The VRIP application process is currently closed. The 2024 VRIP application cycle will open in September 2023.  


2022 VRIP Student Interns

Leila Abdelrahman, MS
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University
Mentor: Julie Price, PhD, Professor of Radiology; Ciprian Catana, PhD, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Michael Dang, MS
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Mentor: Marsha A. Moses, PhD, Julia Dyckman Andrus Professor of Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital

Elias Eteshola, PhD
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Mentor: Anju Nohria, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Lacey Foster, MS
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Mentor: Samuel J Lin, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Aaliyah Joseph, MS
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Mentor: Zeina El-Chemali, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

Mischael Saint-Sume
Morehouse School of Medicine
Mentor: Meena Nathan, MD, MPH, FRCS, Boston Children’s Hospital

Gabriella Sierra
Meharry Medical College
Mentor: Jonathan Gaffin, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital

Bryan Torres, MS
Tulane University School of Medicine
Mentor: Gezzer Ortega, MD, Instructor of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Closing Ceremonies


A flyer for the 2021 Visiting Research Internship Program showcasing headshots of people who presented.