Doris Duke Undergraduate Internship

Who We are and Who is Eligible

In 2017, the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Academy expanded its summer medical research program for high school students to include additional research experiences for academy alumni currently attending college.

The expansion is funded, in part, by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), which launched the Clinical Research Continuum: High School to College program to provide funds for eight institutions, including the Hillman Academy. The goal is to increase the diversity of the biomedical research workforce by providing hands-on experience for students who are underrepresented in biomedical sciences.

Only alumni that were stipend eligible during their summer at the Hillman Academy and that are currently enrolled as undergraduates are eligible to apply. 

What Interns Will Do

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Undergraduate Interns (DDCF-UIs) will be placed in a research lab under the direction of a mentor(s) for about 10 weeks. They will complete an authentic research project of interest to their mentor and will present their work at the end of the summer similar to Hillman Academy students. DDCF-UIs will also receive academic and career development experiences including responsible conduct of research and ethics training and career spotlight talks from a diverse array of professionals.

Other Details

Tentative Dates: June 3rd, 2024 – August 2nd, 2024
Stipend: $4,500
Housing: For those from outside of the Pittsburgh region or that wish to assist as part-time resident advisors, free housing may be available in one of the University residence halls.


The application for Doris Duke Undergraduate Interns is: CLOSED

Deadline: February 11th, 2024

Admission is not guaranteed.

If you need more time to apply, please contact the program staff.

For additional questions contact:
David Boone, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Executive Director of Hillman Academy