Published: Feb. 2, 2021
Native American Summer Research Internship (NARI)

For Undergraduate Junior & Senior Students

The Native American Research Internship is a dynamic summer research opportunity for Native American undergraduate junior and senior students who are interested in Health Science research. The internship is located at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a 10-week, paid summer internship, funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Internship Focus

The internship focus is to provide Native American students an outstanding laboratory or clinically based research experience working alongside world class research faculty at the University of Utah. The goal of the internship is to support the academic, career, and personal development of Native American students who are interested in Health Science careers. Each student will participate in approximately 40 hours/week of internship activities. Approximately 30 hours/week will be for research related activities, and approximately 10 hours/week will be for academic/professional development.

Students will work closely with research mentors as well as Native American faculty and staff mentors, develop meaningful relationships within the Health Science and Native American research communities, attend a Native American Health conference, and have opportunities to shadow physicians at their clinical practice. Students will also gain insightful knowledge in the areas of: graduate/medical school preparation, career development, additional academic opportunities, community engagement, professionalism, creating scientific posters, and presenting research material. Additionally, students who successfully complete a summer internship have the option to apply to participate again the next summer.


The Native American Research Internship provides participants compensation for their participation in the summer program, as well as housing at the University of Utah. Both University of Utah students and non-University of Utah undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. No previous research experience is required.

Research Operations Update

As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of every NARI participant is our upmost priority. While we are anticipating for an in-person NARI experience and keeping with University of Utah policy for summer 2021, we are prepared to offer a fully remote NARI experience should events necessitate the transition. Program benefits such as travel reimbursement, on-campus housing, and clinical shadowing opportunities are contingent upon University of Utah policy for spring 2021 and/or summer 2021.


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