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UCSF/Kaiser Permanente Undergraduate Research Internship (URI)

To build a more supportive pathway for underrepresented University of California, Berkeley, undergraduate students interested in a career in medicine, we continue to develop our Undergraduate Research Internship program (URI). Annually, URI engages 16 interns in a meaningful research project, clinical shadowing at UCSF and Kaiser Oakland, didactics, leadership training, and extensive mentoring during the 8-week program, as well as through the medical school application process. The program directors also support the growing network of URI graduates who contribute back through peer-to-peer support, and by mentoring new URI interns.

Summer 2019 Application NOW OPEN!

Application Requirements:

  1. Complete this URI 2019 Application Form (including a short essay, uploading your resume and transcript).
  2. After you complete the Application Form, the final piece of your URI application is two recommendations of your work. Recommenders can be a professor, GSA, program director, advisor or high school counselor who knows your work. At least one should be a UC Berkeley professor or GSA. Send the Recommendation Form link to two recommenders and make sure each completes the online form:

Application deadline is Friday, January 4th, 2019 at noon

More details about the application process and URI Program here

URI's 10th Anniversary Celebration

The Undergraduate Research Internship Program celebrated 10 years during a special anniversary dinner at UCSF Mission Bay on Monday, July 16, 2018. 

URI's co-founders, co-directors, research mentors, URI graduates and supporters gathered together to commemorate this milestone and reflect on the many impacts of the program's first decade.

Photographer: Colin Huang

Current URI Interns and Alums at 10th Anniversary Celebration

Pictured here: URI Alums and 2018 URI Interns at the 10th Anniversary Celebration in 2018

URI Co-Directors Dr. Jackson, Dr. Guerra, Dr. Robertson with Keynote Dr. Lee Jones

Pictured here: URI Co-Directors Dr. Andrea Jackson, Dr. Juan Guerra, & Dr. Patricia Robertson with Keynote Speaker Dr. Lee Jones

URI Program Update

During Summer 2018, URI graduated its tenth cohort of UC Berkeley undergraduate students.

The URI 2018 Cohort

“[URI] is such a motivator. I have never been so certain that I can become a physician one day. I hope other people who have similar goals can feel the same way I feel now.” – URI Graduate

“URI restored my passion for medicine and my confidence that in making it. It also made me aware of the many ways to become a physician and gave me access to valuable contacts who can help me achieve my goals.!” - URI Graduate

Video Testimonals

A few of our URI graduates have sent us videos recounting their experiences in the URI program. Please take a look at what they have to say!

Movie iconJaspreet Singh - URI 2010 Movie iconMarisela Cardenas - URI 2011
Movie iconLeah Timbang - URI 2010 Movie iconKathrin Zimmerman - URI 2011
FileAdan Garcia-Mecinas - URI 2012 Movie iconZina Ogunnaya - URI 2015

Did you know that of our URI grads:

30% have obtained a non-MD degree since graduating from URI.
20% are currently attending medical school.
7% have graduated from a medical school program.

  • 43% work in healthcare currently.
    18% work in research.
    9% work in public health.

  • Admission offers to our URI grads include: UCSF, UCLA, UCSD, UCD, UCI, USC, Stanford, Northwestern, Harvard, Washington University, Columbia, Mount Sinai and the University of Washington