Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP)


Applications for Summer 2021 are closed. Admissions information for Summer 2022 will be provided in Fall 2021.  

Required Documents:

  •     Completed online application form
  •     One statement detailing both your career goals and your area of research interest
  •     Two letters of recommendation from academic faculty or advisors
  •     Undergraduate transcript 
  •     Resume/CV

Application Instructions: Please note, all applicants should apply following the instructions below. This includes those applying to DAPPG or ABCS-SUIP.

  • Create an account following the link above.
  • Begin the application with your personal information.
  • You will then be prompted to select which “graduate” program you are applying to.
  • Select “Biomedical Graduate Studies, Perelman School of Medicine” and scroll to the bottom of the list and you will see SUIP listed. Select SUIP and Summer 2021. 
  • Follow the remaining prompts.

Personal statement: In 1-2 pages, describe your academic interests and career goals. If you have had any research experiences, please describe them. State your specific scientific interests and any particular research areas or techniques you'd like to explore. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN DAPPG OR ABCS-SUIP PLEASE STATE THIS IN YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT. Please upload your statement with your application.

Transcripts: Your transcript must include all semesters/terms attended at your primary institution. Please also include any study abroad transcripts. 

Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters from academic faculty who know you personally and can comment on your academic abilities and your aptitude for research are highly encouraged.

Areas of Research:

Mentors are drawn from a group of over 600 faculty associated with Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) at the University of Pennsylvania. The mentors we work with have a strong commitment to helping students and extensive experience mentoring, training, and teaching students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff.

Research areas available to SUIP students include:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Cell and Molecular Biology

        - Cancer Biology

        - Cell Biology and Physiology

        - Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology

        - Gene Therapy and Vaccines

        - Genetics and Gene Regulation

        - Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Genomics and Computational Biology (These faculty are also involved in our DAPPG program)




We are working to compile a list of faculty for the ABCS-SUIP program. Please email if you have any questions.


Each intern receives a competitive stipend, on-campus housing, and transportation costs for one round trip to the University of Pennsylvania. 


The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents ONLY. We cannot accept applications from international students at this time.

Applicants must be enrolled in a four-year college for the fall semester after the program ends. Graduating seniors are not eligible to participate, and preference is given to applicants who will have completed their sophomore or junior year.

Students must be able to attend the full 10 week program. 

We encourage applications from students of all backgrounds, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups, disadvantaged backgrounds, first generation students and students with disabilities.

Seminar Series:

SUIP sponsors the Summer Seminar Series, a sequence of talks on timely issues in biomedical science presented by distinguished BGS faculty. The seminars provide interns with an opportunity to discover the breadth of research.

Social Events:

Interns enjoy a variety of events including trips to area museums, concerts and performances, historical sites and social events with current graduate students and program staff. The University of Pennsylvania has several summer programs and there are many free events on campus that are open to our interns. Philadelphia is a great city to visit, and an even better place to live.