Co-Curricular Opportunities

In addition to your GPA and admission test scores (MCAT, DAT, etc.), professional health school admission officers are interested in applicants who show their care and concern for others, leadership, diversity of interests, motivation and commitment.

Participation in co-curricular activities that include experience in the health care field, community service, leadership, and research experiences are a critical part of becoming a competitive applicant to professional health schools.

Volunteer Opportunities

MSU Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement: Service-learning students contribute their time, energy, and unique talents to nonprofit organizations, schools, hospitals, health care facilities, government agencies, and advocacy groups in ways that help to meet community needs. The service may be connected to a specific MSU course or academic major, or may simply be related to a personal passion.

MSU Preprofessional & Health-Related Student Organizations:
Students involved in MSU's preprofessional and health-related RSO's are leaders in community service. Each organization is involved in service at a local, regional, national and/or international level.

Internship Opportunities

Michigan Department of Community HealthLooking for talented, dedicated, innovative students and graduates that want to gain the experience and knowledge of public service.

American Public Health Association Internships: A variety of internships for undergrad and grad students are available.

Center for Disease ControlA variety of hands-on training programs for undergraduate students.

MHealthy Intern: Summer internship opportunities for undergraduate students in the areas of community health, fitness center management, health education, nutrition, tobacco cessation, and marketing.

Van Andel Education Institute Summer Internship ProgramsThe goal of these programs is to expose aspiring researchers and clinicians to exciting advances in biomedical sciences that will help define their career paths.

College of Natural Science InternshipsInformation on internships for College of Natural Science majors.

Summer Opportunities

The Association of American Medical Colleges:

National Institute of HealthThe NIH provides a plethora of summer opportunities for students at all levels.

National Science FoundationNSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists 
of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution.

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP): The SHPEP program offers freshmen and sophomore students a variety of academic and career experiences that will support their dental and medical school career preparation.

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP): The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Council on Institutional Cooperation universities.

Dentistry:

Optometry:

Osteopathic Medicine:

Public Health:

Michigan State University:

University of Michigan:

Wayne State University School of Medicine:

International Opportunities

Before embarking on a health-related international experience, please review:

AAMC Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad

ADEA Guidelines for Predental Students Providing Patient Care [PDF]

Study Abroad:

Atlantis Project: The Atlantis Project Fellowship immerses pre-med and pre-health undergraduates in small hospitals in Europe. Successful applicants spend a few intense weeks observing the daily life of doctors in various specialties.

Child Family Health International (CFHI): CFHI provides community-based Global Health Education Programs for health science students and institutions.

International Service Learning (ISL): ISL enlists medical and educational volunteer teams for the provision of services to under-served populations in Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Research Opportunities