Summer Research & Clinical Externship Program

The Summer Research and Clinical Externship program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler provides high school and undergraduate college students the opportunity to spend four weeks of the summer learning about biomedical research and clinical professions. Founded in the realm of health sciences, the externship provides stimulating exposure to scientific research, as well as insight into a multitude of medical specialties by shadowing doctors, nurses and medical technicians. Within the program, students interact with top-notch scientists, meet with expert physicians and work with other research and clinical professionals to gain a true insight into all aspects of medicine.

This comprehensive program provides opportunities to closely observe scientists and doctors involved in both the “bench-to-bedside” research and clinical applications of medicine. Integrating theoretical classroom knowledge in biology, cell biology and chemistry with their practical implications, students gain invaluable insight into their future in the field of medicine.


  • Program dates: June 1 – 28, 2020
  • Application dates: February 1 – April 5, 2020
  • Cost:  $250
  • Applicant decision notification: April 15, 2020
  • Daily program schedule: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Completed application
  • Letter of interest
  • Two academic letters of recommendation
  • Most recent transcript
  • 16+ years of age by May 2020
  • Must have completed 10th grade of high school

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What are the dates for the program?

June 1 – 28, 2020 (four weeks) | 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students commute to campus daily.

What is the cost?

The cost of the externship is $250. Limited scholarships are available to cover the fee for qualified students who demonstrate financial need.

How can I apply?

To apply for the UT Health Science Center at Tyler Summer Research and Clinical Externship, complete the online application form. Applications will be accepted until April 5, 2020.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • College students up to third-year undergrads and high school students entering 10th to 12th grade
  • Must be 16 years or older as of May 1, 2020
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must have a sincere desire to learn about medical science careers

What activities are included in the program?

  • Clinical rotations in medical specialties (internal medicine, cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, family medicine, radiology and more)
  • Research exposures
  • Lectures and conferences
  • Mentoring
  • Research presentation at the end of the program
  • And much more!

How are students selected?

A selection committee will review applications, and students will be notified of their acceptance status by April 15, 2020. Those accepted will receive detailed information.

Additional Information

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