American Cancer Society Diversity in Cancer Research Internship

Ten-week summer internship for undergraduates

The IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center offers a Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR) internship, supported by the American Cancer Society.

This program aims to increase the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented populations pursuing clinical and research careers in cancer by providing positive and meaningful first-hand exposure to these fields.

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Program dates for 2022 are May 31 through August 5.

Who should apply?

The DICR program is designed to serve students from populations underrepresented in biomedical and clinical research in the summer after undergraduate years 1 or 2.

Although most past participants have resided in the metropolitan Indianapolis area, the program accepts applications from students all across the United States. Eligible applicants who are not selected for this program will automatically be considered for the Summer Research Program.

Eligible undergraduate student include those who:

  • Have completed two years or less, and not over 80 credit hours
  • Have a biomedical or behavioral science major
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher

Medical students and residents are not eligible.

We follow the National Institutes of Health (NIH) definitions of populations underrepresented in biomedical and clinical research (NOT-OD-20-031).


Contact Elmer Sanders, program coordinator, at


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