Summer Program 2021: Cancelled for Summer 2021

Marshfield Clinic Research Institute has decided to cancel the Summer Research Internship Program due to concerns with COVID-19. This is being done as an effort to reduce the possibility that coronavirus, or any virus, could unknowingly be spread. 

Program Overview

The Marshfield Clinic Research Institute has offered summer research internship opportunities to qualified students since 1974. The primary goal of the program is to provide a mentored, hands-on research experience for college undergraduate, graduate, dental, and medical students considering a career in research.

Through the 3 month full-time working program (typically from May through August), students work with a research scientist on an independent project and contribute to all aspects of the research process. In addition, SRIP students are required to attend an Institutional Review Board meeting, lead a journal club session, prepare an abstract describing their research, as well as prepare and deliver an oral presentation of their research at the annual Research Symposium in early August. In addition to the independent projects, the SRIP program students are given access to and encouraged to attend medical Grand Rounds, scientific seminars and journal clubs. Opportunities to shadow clinicians may also be available.

Through funding provided primarily through philanthropy, the program provides interns with shared housing and an hourly wage. In some cases, the summer research project can serve as the capstone project or thesis if required for the student’s degree program.

Research Areas

Research areas, potential mentors, and projects for SRIP students are listed on the Summer Research Internship Program Research Areas Page. Read MCRI's Year in Review for a snapshot of the activities, people and resources at our institution that contribute to program success.


The SRIP program is open to full or part time continuing college or university junior or graduate students (including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate/medical/dental school). An applicant is considered a junior if he/she will have completed all sophomore credits by the time the internship begins and will be entering at least the junior year following completion of the internship. 

F-1 international students are eligible if currently attending a college or university within the U.S., and holding or can hold (for the purposes of the internship) a valid Employee Authorization Document (EAD).

How to Apply

MCRI is not currently accepting applications for this program. Please check back in November for summer 2022 updates.


Positions will require a telephone interview, with the proposed mentor prior to continuing the selection process. The selection committee will make the final decision of applicants based on the strength of application materials (i.e., academic standing, references, coursework completed), and interest matching chosen projects. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision on or before April 1.

Program Support

The SRIP is supported almost entirely through philanthropy, to contribute to students gaining real world working research experience and to make a difference in our Wisconsin communities and beyond, donate today. Select the link to be redirected to the Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation gift page, it’s easy and 100% of your gift goes to the cause of your choosing.

Program Contact

Madalyn Palmquist & Judith Hase – Program Administrators

Marshfield Clinic Research Institute
Summer Research Internship Program
1000 North Oak Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449-5777
Phone: 1-715-387-9420