The Wells Center for Pediatric Research Summer Student Internship Program is entering its 18th full year of operation, and continues to grow in its success. This program is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students who are looking to gain hands-on experience in the biomedical science; a long-term goal is to increase the number of those choosing a career in pediatric health research. The applicant pool has increased from 47 in the first year to a record number of 220 applications received in 2009, with an average of 200 applications received years since. The students work closely with their chosen faculties and participate in the lab work. To help student's career development, there are informal seminar series which provide an opportunity for the students to meet with faculty members in the Wells Center and from elsewhere on campus. We feel the Summer Student Internship Program has been a benefit not only for the participating students and faculty, but also for its positive reflection on the RCF, Department of Pediatrics, and the Wells Center. Support from the RCF is crucial for the success of this program. The Summer Student Internship Program is highly competitive as evidenced by the following:

  • The increasing number of applications received each year since 2000.

  • The number of participating students who apply for a second and even a third year.

  • The diversity in the applicant population ranging from high school students, college undergrads to college grads and medical students.

  • The diversity of the in-state universities and colleges represented; along with the continued increase in the number of students from universities and colleges outside of Indiana who apply.

  • Previous Molecular Medicine In Action (MMIA) student participants who apply to this program: in 2003 and in 2004 there was one summer intern each year who had been a previous participant of MMIA; in 2005, five former MMIA student participants applied to the summer internship program, and three students were selected; in 2006 six former MMIA student participants applied and two were selected; for the 2007 program, there were three former MMIA student participants; for the 2008 program, there were nine former MMIA students applied and two students were selected, in 2009 there were eight former MMIA students apply and two were selected, and in 2010 there were 4 former MMIA students apply with two past participants selected.

Approximately 200 applicants apply each year with a diverse and global representation. The in-state universities and colleges represented in this years past applicant pool include Indiana University, IUPUI, Purdue, Butler, DePauw, Notre Dame, Ball State, Franklin, University of Indianapolis, Marian University, Evansville, Valparaiso Universities, and Earlham. The out-of-state universities and colleges represented in this year's applicant pool include: Arizona State University, Aurora University, Bethel College, Brown University, Central New Mexico Community College, Duke University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Kenyon College, Miami University, North Carolina A&T State University, Northwestern University, St. Louis University, Stanford University, University of California (Berkeley and Irvine), University of Colorado, Villanova University, Wake Forest University and Xavier University. It is clear from the number and diversity of out-of-state colleges that this program continues to grow in national recognition.