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SCI Taking Applications for Summer Internship Program

Summer internships will be offered for the fifth summer at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Four positions will be awarded to qualified undergraduate college students who plan a career in medicine or research with a focus on cancer.

Interns will have the opportunity to learn basic laboratory skills while working under the supervision of SCI faculty members. Three internships will be located at the School of Medicine campus in Springfield. One position will be offered at the SIU campus in Carbondale.

Dr. K. Thomas Robbins, professor of otolaryngology at SIU School of Medicine and director of Simmons Cancer Institute, described the summer program as “an incredible opportunity for a young person to work in a lab by the side of researchers who are performing cutting edge cancer research.”

A qualified applicant is defined as:

  1. an undergraduate who has completed his or her freshman year of college by June 2013 and
  2. an undergraduate who will not graduate from college prior to June 2013.

Applicants should submit a current college transcript, a resume and two letters of reference from instructors along with a personal statement letter describing current studies, activities and future goals. The paid internships are awarded on a competitive basis.

Applications may be submitted by using PDF-formatted documents emailed to They can also be mailed to Morris Cooper, Ph.D., SIU School of Medicine, P.O. Box 19626, Springfield, IL 62794-9626. The preferred method of submission is email.

The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is