jpdaman11

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What is the difference between an internship with a program like NIH, MAYO, AMGEN, etc and these other internships I'm reading about at a medical school/with a physician? They both seem like an amazing way to get some real experience over the summer. Which one is preferred on applications?
 

intangible

a tiny existentialist
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Corporate internships are likely more research based, and will prepare you for a research career. Certain internships with medical schools (SMDEP, for instance) are targeted toward pre-meds and launching a clinical career. Both are valued to some extent by medical school admissions—it's more a matter of what your application is missing, than it is about admissions' perception of those activities.
 

cantankerous

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Try both. Chances are you won't get in; these programs are usually very competitive.
 

IDD

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I did a summer internship at the National Institutes of Health and if you ever see yourself involved in research for your career in the future, I highly recommend that you apply. It is very competitive and over 8,000 applied this past summer but it is not impossible to get in. I never expected to be conducting research there but I applied and they gave me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in research to apply for an internship with the NIH because it really does change the way you view the healthcare system. I got to meet world renowned researchers and Dr. Anthony Fauci even spoke with the summer interns to give them tips on how to succeed in their career! Good luck!
 
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