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Rackham Spring/Summer Internship Grants for Bioscience Doctoral Students

Internships can be excellent opportunities to connect one’s academic and research experience with career aspirations. The practical knowledge gained working outside a large research-intensive academic setting, such as U-M, can help inform a student’s decisions as they consider professional goals and desired career paths. Internships can be especially valuable for individuals earning a Ph.D. in the biosciences, where a broad range of impactful careers is available and graduation rates far outpace the growth of faculty positions.

Rackham Spring/Summer Internship Grants will fund a supervised practical experience for up to 12 weeks during the Spring/Summer terms that provides insights into career opportunities for doctoral students enrolled in bioengineering, biological, biomedical, or health sciences programs. Internships can be on-campus or off-campus and take place in industry or government, academic (e.g., small college), or other non-profit settings.

Successful applicants will articulate a compelling rationale for incorporating a specific internship into their program of study, confirm the availability of the internship position, and have permission of the thesis advisor.


Students currently enrolled in a bioscience Ph.D. program, have completed at least two academic terms, and in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Students are limited to one internship grant during their U-M graduate career.

Rackham Internship Grants must be relevant to the student’s program of study and career goals. Internship Grants may not be used to bridge a funding gap. Students on academic probation or on a leave of absence are ineligible.

Requests to reimburse prior internship experiences will not be considered.

Though not required, it is recommended that students seeking an internship grant complete Phase 1 of the Biotech Career Development Program sponsored by the School of Medicine, the Fast Forward Medical Initiative, and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.


The deadline for submitting applications for a Rackham Internship Grant is February 1. Please allow 2 weeks of processing time.

Contact Information

For further information contact Rackham’s Financial Aid and Fellowships Office.

Award Description

Students awarded a Rackham Spring/Summer Internship Grant will receive a stipend of up to $8,160. In return, students are expected to work full-time during the period of the internship (40hrs/wk).

Funds will be transferred in the form of a stipend directly to the student’s account.

If needed, the internship grant will pay additionally up to $1000 to defray the cost of relocation.

Individuals working in for-profit settings may be paid a salary by the sponsor. If students participating in a 12-week internship in a for-profit setting receive a salary that is less than $8,160 (or its equivalent for shorter internships), the internship grant will pay the shortfall. Stipends will be prorated for internships lasting less than 12 weeks or for internships that are less than full-time.

10 applications will be awarded per year.

Application Procedure

Visit the Rackham Internship Grant application site and submit the following materials:

  • A detailed description of the internship.
  • A narrative describing the rationale for the internship, how it relates to the student’s research, scholarship, or field of interest and the importance of the internship for enhancing the student’s career goals and career readiness. Describe previous participation in any career exploration programs.
  • Letter from a supervisor at the internship site, confirming the availability of the position, the purpose and scope of the position, duration of the position and salary/hourly wage (if in a for-profit setting). A copy of an offer letter from the internship site is sufficient.
  • Letter from the thesis advisor agreeing to the student’s participation in the internship experience.
  • Email from the student’s program acknowledging the student’s participation and confirming that the student is in good academic standing.


Students receiving a Rackham Internship Grant will be required to respond to a brief Rackham survey and to submit a 2-page (minimum) report, both to Rackham and the program Chair/Director, describing the experience, lessons learned, insights gained, and the contribution of the internship to the student’s graduate education and career readiness.

International students should consult with their graduate program and/or the international center to discuss potential implications of participating in an internship that is off-campus.