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 2024 application cycle is closed.


2023 VRIP Student Interns

Garrett Arosemena Ott, MSc
University of Virginia
Mentor: Charles R. G. Guttmann, MD, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Orlane Caro, MHS
Meharry Medical College
Mentor: Jose Figueroa, MD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Destiny Green
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
Mentor: Rani George, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Rahim Hirani, MS
New York Medical College
Mentor: Meena Nathan, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital

Khadijah Jannah, MHS
Meharry Medical College
Mentor: Edward K. Rodriguez, MD, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Lashawn Peña, MS
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Mentor: George Molina, MD, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Erik Velez-Perez
Ponce Health Sciences University
Mentor: Paulo Lizano, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Vellia Zhou
Tufts University School of Medicine
Mentor: Ronald Arellano, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital

Ateh Zinkeng, PSM
University of Arizona School of Medicine Tucson
Mentor: Monique A. Hartley-Brown, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Closing Ceremonies


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