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How to Apply to URI

Thank you for your interest in the Undergraduate Research Internship. The application for the Summer 2020 URI Program is now CLOSED. Applications will open in November 2020 for the summer of 2021.

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?

The Undergraduate Research internship (URI) is intended for students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in the fall of 2020 at UC Berkeley.

You should be considering a career as a physician, physician’s assistant, or other related health profession.

Individuals from communities typically underrepresented as physicians are strongly encouraged to apply, including but not limited to African Americans, Latinx, persons of indigenous descent, persons with disabilities, persons from disadvantaged backgrounds, and individuals who identify as transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, DACA, 1st generation college students, people with no doctors in the family, and people with limited access to medical field mentoring.

No research experience is necessary to apply.

At this time, International students on a visa are not eligible to apply.

Program Structure

The summer research internships will be 8 weeks in length, 20 hours a week, and will be based with a research team in the departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Medicine, Pediatrics or Anesthesia. Additionally there will be clinical shadowing opportunities at UCSF and Kaiser Oakland and 5 hours a week of didactics. 

A $3,500 stipend will be provided.

Application Requirements

A completed URI Application and 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, Parnassus, San Francisco VA Hospital and Kaiser 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 top choices, you will not get assigned your last.
3. What type of clinical shadowing will be available?
Clinical shadowing will be at Kaiser Oakland and the University of California at San Francisco (SFGH, Mission Bay, 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 Ida Shunk at [email protected].