2018 Summer Medical Student Research Internship Program 

Guidelines for Medical Student Research Internship Application with an Interventional Radiologist Host or Corporate Host

The Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering research in interventional radiology for the purposes of advancing scientific knowledge, increasing the number of skilled investigators, and developing innovative therapies that lead to improved patient care and quality of life. The Foundation is committed to fostering the development and enhancement of innovative, minimally invasive, image-guided therapies from inception to mature clinical application and to conduct educational programs in the service of its mission.


In alignment with its mission, The SIR Foundation has created a summer medical student internship program with the goal of introducing medical students early in their studies to interventional radiology research and medical device development.  The internship is for highly motivated medical students who seek to acquire a fundamental understanding of research methods as they relate to Vascular and Interventional Radiology.  The selected students will have an opportunity to intern with an Interventional Radiologist research mentor host or a corporate research and development mentor host during the summer of 2018.  There will be one student selected for each funded internship opportunity.  


Application Deadline:  January 13, 2018 (no applications or materials will be accepted after 5 p.m. EST)

Application Contact: Sara Myers, smyers@sirweb.org



NOTE: The student must be recommended by one of the following members of their faculty: Director of the Radiology Residency program, Director of the IR Fellowship, or an interventional radiologist on the faculty.  The letter of recommendation must accompany the application at the time of submission and the name of the reference must be provided below.  The application will be considered incomplete until the reference letter is received by the SIR Foundation offices.


NOTE: The student must be a U.S. resident.


The qualified applicant will be a student in good standing, actively enrolled in an allopathic or osteopathic medical school, and must be available to be on site at the host location for the entire duration of the internship. The medical student must be a member in good standing of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR). 



Interventional Radiologist Mentor Internship

The SIR Foundation will provide a stipend for living and travel expenses.   The IR host/mentor internships are 8 weeks in duration with a minimum of a 40 hour work week.  The stipend will be $4,500 US paid to the student by SIR Foundation after the confirmation of the start of the internship. The student is responsible for arranging his/her own transportation and housing at the host location.


Corporate Sponsor Mentor Internship 

The corporate host internships range from 8-12 weeks in duration with a minimum of a 40 hour work week. Specific details for each corporate host/mentor internship will be provided in the individual program descriptions.  The stipend will be provided by the corporate host and explained in the agreement between the corporate host and the student intern. The student is responsible for arranging his/her own transportation and for arranging his/her housing at the host location unless the corporate host chooses to offer housing and those details will be explained by the corporate host. 


Requirements for the Medical Student Intern:

The medical student must:

·         Commit to completing the full duration of the internship during the summer of 2018.

·         Commit to the curriculum and internship activities as stated in the internship descriptions (attached), for the internship for which the student is selected. 

·         Commit to completing the proposed internship project during the internship time period.

·         Communicate with the SIR Foundation biweekly during the internship period to provide a project progress update.

·         Communicate with their site mentor during their internship on a weekly basis at minimum.

·         Commit to attending the SIR Annual Scientific Meeting, which will occur in the spring of 2019, and deliver an oral presentation on their 2018 internship project at the Medical Student Brunch.  The SIR Foundation will waive the registration fee for the SIR member medical student and will provide a travel stipend.


Descriptions of the Available Internships

Descriptions of the summer IR internship sites can be found on the webpage.  Please read through the internship descriptions before completing the application below.


Please include in the PDF application a current curriculum vitae, along with the application and letter of recommendation.

Contact information:

Please certify the following statement:

“I have read and understand the guidelines above and the internship descriptions and I agree to abide by the internship requirements.  I understand that my application will be reviewed by a review committee of interventional radiologists, and that I may be selected for either a corporate internship or an IR-mentored internship, and that I must accept the host mentor that they select for me to participate in the program.  I certify that the information provided in the application is correct. I understand that SIR Foundation has the right to rescind their internship offer or terminate the internship if the information provided is found to be false or if it is found that I have misrepresented myself.”