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Toxicology-Related Internships

There are a variety of research opportunities related to toxicology. SOT provides a list of internships of which we are aware and seeks information to keep this page up-to-date. The internships below are listed alphabetically by the name of the sponsoring institution, company, or organization. Listings from previous years are provided so that students can contact previous sponsors to inquire about current programs. Research program sponsors can send information to Betty Eidemiller.

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The Africa Education Initiative (NEF)

Posted 2011

  • Please visit the NEF website for current information.


Posted 2013

Covance is a drug development services company. Covance’s internship program gives students the opportunity to learn in a challenging and supportive work environment. Internships provide real industry work experience, developing strong presentation skills and participating in volunteer projects or activities. Opportunities are available in a number of specialties including toxicology, nutritional chemistry and food safety, and biomarkers. Internships are available nationwide.

Duke University

Posted 2013

The Duke University Superfund Research Center supports research experiences for undergraduate and master’s students in coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency. Researchers seek solutions to the complex health and environmental issues associated with toxic chemicals at hazardous waste sites. Interns may participate in one of four projects related to neurotoxicity, developmental impairment, and use of nanoparticles for water remediation.

Eli Lilly

Posted 2013

Eli Lilly is a global pharmaceutical company. The Risk Assessment Toxicology Group at Eli Lilly is seeking toxicology, pharmacology, biology, informatics, or occupational toxicology majors working towards a MS or PhD degree, or an advanced undergraduate for a twelve-week summer internship beginning in May or June 2013. The intern will be assigned a project affording the opportunity to actively contribute to the company and build an understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and Eli Lilly and Company. Professional development and social events will be held throughout the summer. At the conclusion of the work period, each intern will present their project highlights, findings, and general internship accomplishments to engineering and manufacturing professionals.

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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Posted 2013

The Summer Talent Identification Program (STIP) is designed to recruit and hire top quality interns to feed the talent pipeline for GSK. These opportunities are available at sites in the Raleigh, North Carolina and the Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania areas. Recruitment begins in January for the summer program. Positions will be posted online an ongoing basis in January and February. The program runs 10–12 weeks from May through August.

Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences

Posted 2013

The Hamner’s summer internship program was introduced in 1989 to encourage promising college students to consider careers in the sciences. Under the guidance of scientific staff, interns are exposed to various facets of on-going research projects at The Hamner, including literature review, conduct of experiments, data analysis, and interpretation of results. Many of the past summer interns have gone on to earn graduate degrees in toxicology and related fields. Contact Kristin Hoverman in the Human Resources Department for additional information on program availability.

International Life Sciences Institute

Posted 2016

The ILSI North America Technical Committee on Food and Chemical Safety is sponsoring a summer fellowship for a graduate student to work on a case study for a food-related chemical using the RISK21 approach for evaluating and comparing the applicability of traditional toxicology studies and complex data sets generated by [italics] in silico [end italics] and HTS technologies in chemical safety assessments. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 29, 2016.

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Louisiana State University—Health Sciences Center

Posted 2013

LSU Health Sciences Foundation, National Institute on Drug Abuse and Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience fund the Summer Undergraduate Pharmacology Research Program. The Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience offers a 10-week summer research program for domestic undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in pharmacology. Students participate in laboratory research experiments and attend weekly lectures on topics that will help prepare them for success in research-intensive doctoral programs.

Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute

Posted 2013

Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute supports a number of educational research programs for students at the pre-college, undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. Educational programs provide research opportunities at the Institute within various divisions, including Toxicology, Pathophysiology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Virology, Cardiopulmonary Physiology, Radiation, Employee Health and Safety, and many other disciplines. Positions and availability vary each year. If interested, please submit a resume to be evaluated.

Michigan State University

Posted 2013

Faculty of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology welcome inquiries from students who wish to spend the summer in a laboratory on MSU’s East Lansing campus doing research. There is no formal application process. Interested students should browse the faculty pages on the MSU website and identify those with whom they would like to work, and whose research programs encompass the student’s own interests. First contact should be via email, accompanied by a brief letter of intent, including their reasons for applying to that particular faculty member, and a resume.


Posted 2013

Monsanto addresses timeless agricultural problems, incorporating cutting-edge technology to give farmers around the world the ability to grow more crops with fewer resources. Monsanto offers both summer internships as well as semester-long co-ops. Internships take place over 10–12 weeks, and provide the intern with a continuous learning experience. Training, networking opportunities, and professional guidance are also available during the internship. Opportunities are full-time and paid, and the majority of new graduate hires at Monsanto are participants in these programs.

Montana State University

Posted 2014

Montana State University Center for Environmental Health Sciences sponsors a summer educational research experience for outstanding college undergraduates. Part of a national program to attract and train undergraduates to research careers in the environmental health sciences, participants gain extensive hands-on research experience working in the Center’s state-of-the-art laboratories and hear guest seminar lectures and presentations during the 10-week program.


Posted 2013

Novartis is a global pharmaceutical corporation and provides a scientific intern program at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). Interns aid in the search for new disease therapies. The program is designed to introduce talented students to drug discovery and to train them in experimental work in this area. 2013 internships are available in Emeryville, California, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and East Hanover, New Jersey.

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Pfizer Global Research and Development

Posted 2012

Pfizer, a global pharmaceutical corporation, provides short-term student work to support Pfizer’s business needs during the summer months through the Summer Student Worker Program (SWP). The program seeks to augment staff to accomplish departmental goals while offering practical and valuable business experience to the student participant. Students can apply for a variety of fields including: animal research support; clinical research; medical affairs; and veterinary pathology. Applicants must have completed at least two years of undergraduate education, and be enrolled for the Fall 2012 semester. The application deadline for the program is Saturday, March 31, 2012. Relocation and housing costs will not be provided.

Procter & Gamble

Posted 2013

Procter & Gamble (P&G) manufactures a wide range of consumer products and prescription drugs. P&G supports full-time summer research experiences in research and development for undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of disciplines, including life sciences and chemistry (job #RND00002248). In addition, P&G hosts summer camps to explore careers in consumer products. These all expense paid opportunities for first year bachelors students in science or engineering provide 4 day immersion in the R&D organization (job #RND00002278). Some participants will be selected for 2014 internships or co-ops.

Rutgers University

Posted 2013

The Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy of Rutgers University hosts the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program for highly motivated undergraduates interested in a career as a researcher in the pharmaceutical and environmental sciences. Students conduct full-time research in areas related to Pharmacology and Toxicology, Environmental Health Sciences, Pharmaceutics, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Clinical Pharmacy Research; previous research experience is not required. Students should be sophomores, juniors, or seniors at the time of application. This program is funded by NIH ES020721.

The Environmental & Occupational Health Science Institute at Rutgers is hosting the Toxicology, Health & Environmental Disease High School Summer Program. Students will participate in a variety of laboratory activities such as DNA isolation, PCR, cell culture, cytotoxicity studies, etc., and learn about careers in medicine, pharmacy, toxicology, environmental science, and research. This summer program is open to highly motivated high school students interested in the biomedical and environmental sciences.

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University of Georgia-Athens

Posted 2011

University of Iowa

Posted 2016

The University of Iowa Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) allows students to gain laboratory research experience from faculty in the Human Toxicology Program, participate in a seminar program designed especially for this program, and have the opportunity to join in informal social events. A stipend, lodging in a dormitory, and travel support are provided. Applications will be available October 15 and are due by February 1.

University of Kansas

Posted 2013

The faculty of the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics at the University of Kansas Medical Center provides basic research internships June 4, 2013–August 10, 2013. Undergraduate students accepted into the program will perform basic research in Pharmacology or Toxicology in the Department or in the affiliated Centers for Cancer, Environmental and Occupational Health, and the Smith Mental Retardation and Human Development, while studying interactions between biological systems and chemical agents. Each student will work in the laboratory of an individual member of the faculty. The program also includes weekly discussion sessions with faculty members and current Pharmacology or Toxicology graduate students on selected topics in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

University of Louisville

Posted 2013

Undergraduate students from University of Louisville and from underserved/underrepresented populations from regional colleges and universities may apply for a 10-week research experience in a department that offers graduate degrees; links are provided to identify faculty conducting toxicology research. Mentors will provide students with individualized research projects, and the program will provide group seminars on topics related to research and graduate education.

University of South Florida

Posted 2013

The University of South Florida (USF) Pre College STEM Academy: Environmental Health and Toxicology is an academically intensive six-day residentail program for high school juniors/seniors. The Academy will involve students in inquiry, discovery, creativity, and research with a focus on environmental health and toxicology. Students will engage with USF’s internationally recognized faculty in the College of Public Health, Advanced Biosensors Laboratory (ABL), Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), and the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology.

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Posted 2013

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is a major medical research center. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Summer Undergraduate Research program provides an interactive and fulfilling experience in cancer research to talented undergraduate students by creating situations for them to interact with CPRIT scholars and Translational Research in Multi-Disciplinary Program (TRIUMPH) Postdoctoral fellows.

University of Utah

Posted 2013

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Utah offers a Summer Research Program for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research. Participants will gain laboratory experience in an active research environment and contribute to ongoing research projects. This program is intended to acquaint outstanding undergraduate students with academic research in the fields of pharmacology and toxicology.

University of Washington

Posted 2013

The University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences provides the Environmental Health Research Experience Program (EH REP), a nine week, paid summer experience for talented undergraduates who express strong interest in environmental health science research. Accepted students will be paired with a faculty mentor. Students from populations traditionally underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Posted 2013

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center offers the Summer Research Opportunities program. This program is designed to provide traditionally underrepresented minority undergraduate students with a hands-on research experience in molecular and environmental toxicology. Students will be mentored in cell biology, genetics, developmental biology, immunotoxicology, environmental toxicant remediation, or other projects.

Wayne State University

Posted 2013

Wayne State University will host opportunities to do hypothesis-driven research in National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded labs in the areas of of drug synthesis, drug formulation, and biochemical and molecular pharmacology (and other disciplines) during the summer of 2013. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) will also be exposed to a variety of elements important in the conduct of research and mentoring experience.