Undergraduate Fellowship Program at CVI

The American Heart Association Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program at Penn CVI allows undergraduates, including those who are underrepresented in medicine or from smaller institutions without extensive research programs, to gain exposure to state-of-the-art cardiovascular research.  The types of research include, but are not limited to: cardiovascular molecular and cellular biology; physiology; vascular biology; genetics; metabolism; clinical research; and implementation science.  This immersive 10-week program offers students hands-on experience in laboratories with faculty mentors who are members of CVI.  In addition, undergraduate interns will have the opportunity to participate in seminar series, networking, and an end-of-summer symposium.  This internship is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing advanced biomedical degrees to have a research-focused experience in cardiovascular science.

Summer Program Dates

Th fellowship program will run from Monday, June 5, 2023 through Friday, August 11, 2023.  Participants must commit to the program for its duration.  Participants can expect to engage in lab and program activities for approximately 40 hours per week. 


  • Student applicants must be enrolled at a 4-year college or university, and not yet graduated at the time of the summer internship.
  • Students must be able to attend the full, 10-week program. 
  • Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including those who are underrepresented in medicine, from disadvantaged backgrounds, first generation students, and students with disabilities. 


Students will receive a $6,000 stipend, as well as funds to travel to a scientific meeting.



The deadline for submitting applications for Summer 2023 has passed.  The application submission process will reopen in December 2023 for Summer 2024 placements.

Overview of Internship

If you have any questions about the program or submitting an application, please contact Emily Romick, Program Coordinator.