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.

2023 Participant Siji Ketiku

Siji Ketiku, a Howard University student, conducted research on pancreatic cancer. We asked her a few questions about her summer experience.

Read the Q&A

Program Dates:  May 20 – July 26, 2024

Who should apply?

The DICR program is designed to serve undergraduate students from populations underrepresented in biomedical and clinical research in any summer before they complete their degree program.

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 other summer programs.

Eligible students include those who:

  • Are enrolled in an undergraduate program or who are incoming freshmen
  • Will not have completed their degree at the time of the program’s start date
  • 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).

How to apply

The application deadline for the 2024 summer cohort has passed. Please check back in Q4 2024 to apply for the 2025 summer cohort.


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