Summer Program 2020:  Cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19

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. Students work with a research scientist on an independent project and contribute to all aspects of the research process. In addition to the independent projects, students are encouraged to attend medical Grand Rounds, scientific seminars and journal clubs. Opportunities to shadow clinicians are also available. All students are required to attend an IRB meeting, lead a journal club discussion, prepare an abstract describing their research, and prepare and deliver an oral presentation of their research at the annual Research Symposium on August 6th.


You must be a full- or part-time continuing college or university junior or graduate student (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. Please note: For undergraduate positions, preference will be given to students with senior standing.

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


A selection committee will make final selections of student interns based on the applicant’s:

  1. Academic standing (GPA at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale)
  2. References
  3. Personal statement
  4. Course selection
  5. Interests match with available projects

Some positions may require a telephone interview.
Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision generally by April 1.


Student interns are provided shared housing and an hourly wage of $12-$16/hour, depending on experience. Students are expected to work full-time (about 40 hours/week) for the duration of the program.

How To Apply

No longer accepting applications for Summer 2020.  Please check back in November for Summer 2021 projects.

Applicants will be asked to include the following items for full consideration by the selection committee:

  1. Recommendation letters from two references
    References must be a research mentor or academic professor. It is important that references be carefully selected. Choose individuals who are able to make the most meaningful comments regarding your qualifications. We will contact your references directly for a letter of recommendation; please inform your references that we will be contacting them.
  2. A personal statement
    In 500 words or less, please describe your interest in research, your career goals, how your participation in this program will help you achieve your career goals, and how your academic and work experience has prepared you for this program.
  3. Unofficial or official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools
  4. Resume or CV 

Program Contact

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

Program Supporters

SRIP is supported almost entirely through philanthropy.