Van Andel Research Institute Summer Internship Program

Basic information

  • Organization: Van Andel Education Institute
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  • Field(s): Biomedical
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  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Paid? Yes
  • Deadline: February 1, 2016

Our goal this year is to have many students apply to Van Andel’s summer programs and for several to be accepted. Excellent opportunities are offered in cancer, Parkinson’s disease, cell and molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics and more. The deadline will be during the first week of February 2016, but the applications are already available on line, so apply soon. This is a competitive program, so your application must be of excellent quality. Many Calvin students have done research at Van Andel, and in some summers several students have been accepted to the summer program. The Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids has announced its summer research internships. Opportunities are in labs studying, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology , cancer, neurobiology and more. This is an excellent program in which many Calvin students have participated. First year students through juniors are eligible, including international students.

Van Andel Research Institute's summer internship programs are designed to provide undergraduate college students opportunities to be mentored by professionals in their chosen research field, to become familiar with the use of state-of-the-art scientific equipment and technology, and to learn valuable interpersonal and presentation skills. The goal of these programs is to expose aspiring researchers and clinicians to exciting advances in biomedical sciences that will help define their career paths.

Summer interns (typically 15-20 supported each summer) will be paired with a scientific investigator and/or their designee for an intense 10-week research experience. Students will gain an understanding of the latest research methods, instruments and testing procedures. They will learn how to design experiments and see how their test results can contribute to a larger research project. At the end of the internship programs, students will give an oral presentation or poster presentation about their experience to the research staff.

VAEI Summer Internship Program Details - VAEI

Students are required to begin on one of two program start dates:

  • Session I: May 23, 2016 to July 29, 2016
  • Session II: June 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016


The pay range for the Summer Internship Programs is based on a 10-week assignment at 40 hours per week and pay rate is based on credit hours completed.


This year's application deadline has passed.

Applications are due by Monday February 1, 2016.

The deadline is February 2.  Apply during the Christmas break. This program has become highly competitive, so you must submit a high quality application. Information is at these websites:

Undergraduate college students must have completed at least one year of higher education (equivalent to 24 credit hours), be enrolled in a science-related degree program, and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Students who have graduated before the start date of the summer internship program, or are currently enrolled in a master's program are not eligible.

International students are eligible to apply if they meet the requirements for the program and are legally permitted to work and earn income in the United States. Van Andel Research Institute will typically not sponsor visas for summer-only employment.

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