Skip to main content



Medical Student Program

How to Apply to URI

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2019 Application. Please check back in October 2019 for application details for URI Program Summer 2020.

Application Requirements:

  1. A completed online URI 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. Applicants will send the Recommendation Form link to two recommenders and make sure each completes the online form.

Who is this program for?

Students should be sophomores, juniors or seniors in the fall of 2019 at UC Berkeley. You should be planning to attend medical school after graduation.

We are particularly interested in the following applicants: diverse backgrounds; premed; 1st generation to go to college; no doctors in family or limited access to medical field mentoring; students with DACA status; LGBTQ students.

U.S. international students are not eligible to apply. No research experience necessary.

Program Structure

The summer research internships will be 8 weeks in length, 20 hours a week, and will be based with a faculty member in the departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Medicine or Pediatrics. A $3,000 stipend will be provided. Additionally there will be unpaid clinical shadowing opportunities at UCSF and Kaiser Oakland and 5 hours a week of didactics. 

Application Requirements

Two completed recommendation forms from a professor, GSA, program director, advisor or high school counselor. We also require a resume and a transcript (informal transcript from BearFacts is alright).



1. What kind of research opportunities will there be for the summer?

There are both clinical and basic research opportunities available at various sites e.g. Mission Bay and Kaiser Foundation in Oakland.

2. Do I have a choice in the research opportunities available for interns?
A list of the research opportunities will be generated and interns will be asked their preferences for each. While you may not receive your first choice, you will not get assigned your last.
3. What type of clinical shadowing will be available?
Clinical shadowing will be at Oakland Kaiser Permanente, the University of California at San Francisco (SFGH, Mt. Zion, etc.) The goal will be to show you the broad scope of medicine and select clinics so you will be exposed to different clinical scenarios and clinic settings.
4. Is the URI Program for me? 
We understand navigating pre-med at Berkeley can be challenging, but it’s important to remember that you’re at Cal for a reason; you are smart and you are capable! Seek out resources, support groups, and ask for help when you need it—try to make the university smaller and less daunting than it can feel. The URI Program is designed to help you build on your experiences and skills in a supportive environment. Listen to what URI Program alums have to say about the program. We hope you'll apply!
5. If I have further questions, whom should I contact?
If you have questions about the application process or your application, please contact Sarah McCoy-Harms at [email protected].