Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP)

This eight-week mentored, summer research program is designed to support medical students in developing their interests in research and health-related careers, particularly in clinical and translational research.

In addition to a mentored clinical and translational research experience, VRIP students participate in weekly seminars with Harvard Medical School 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.


  • First and second year medical students, with a focus on those who are from groups underrepresented in medicine and/or disadvantaged individuals
  • In good standing from accredited U.S. medical schools
  • U.S. Citizens or U.S. Noncitizen Nationals or Permanent Residents of U.S.

How to Apply

The 2022 VRIP application process has closed. The 2023 VRIP application process will open in Fall 2022. Email to request an application.

More information, including news, can be found on the DICP website.

Past VRIP Interns

2021 VRIP Student Interns | June 7 – July 30, 2021

Hana Abdirahman
University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine
Mentor: Daniela M Dinulescu, PhD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Alero Arueyingho
Meharry Medical College
Mentor: Meena Nathan, MB, BS, Boston Children’s Hospital

Briana Cortez
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Mentor: Cristina Aguayo-Mazzucato, MD, PhD, Joslin Diabetes Center

Irasema Fonseca Gonzalez
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Mentor: Emily Oken, MD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

Symone Jordan
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Mentor: Einat Liebenthal, DSc, McLean Hospital

Ruby Lopez-Flores
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Mentor: William Meehan, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital

Ariana Mora
Emory School of Medicine
Mentor: Jose Figueroa, MD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ugoji Nwanaji-Enwerem
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Mentor: Jennifer Huang, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital

Elizabeth Saxe
University of Washington School of Dental Medicine
Mentor: Thomas Tsai, MD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Brea Willey
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Mentor: Patrizia Vannini, PhD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Jasmin Williams
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Mentor: Altaf Saadi, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital

Evan Woodard
Morehouse School of Medicine
Mentor: Lori Laffel, MD, Joslin Diabetes Center

2020 VRIP Student Interns | June 24 – July 24, 2020

Ayushi Aggarwal, MPH
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Mentor: Adriana Panayi, M.B., Ch.B., Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Jaquantey Bowens, MS
Indiana University School of Medicine
Mentor: Guillermo Garcia-Cardena, Ph.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Baillee Cooper, MS
Tufts University School of Medicine
Mentor: Bo Zhang, Ph.D., Boston Children’s Hospital

Chelsie Poindexter, MS
Meharry Medical College
Mentor: Josh Joseph, M.D., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Victoria Sanchez
Indiana University School of Medicine
Mentor: Alexander Lin, Ph.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Michelle Kobou Wafo
Albany Medical College
Mentor: Sylvia Rosas, M.D., Joslin Diabetes Center

View the 2020 Closing Ceremony program.