HIPRC’s Summer Research Program (INSIGHT) is an intensive, eight-week summer internship for undergraduate students, graduate students and first-year medical students. Applications are open from mid-November to early-February for the coming summer. INSIGHT provides paid research experience and mentorship for students who are interested in injury and violence prevention research. Participants are matched to research projects and partnered with health sciences faculty from across the University of Washington and work alongside peers and health professionals from an array of disciplines. Past research areas include elucidating the risk factors and causes of injuries, injury and violence prevention strategies, acute and chronic care of injured patients, outcomes from trauma, and interventions to return the injured individual to their full potential. The INSIGHT program is supported by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
For high school students, we offer a four-week summer program designed to introduce students to medicine, public health and research. For more information on the high school program, visit the INSIGHT High School Page.
Beginning with the 2021 program, one member of each INSIGHT cohort will be selected as the Jean M. Pinder Memorial Fund Scholar upon acceptance.
Jean Martin Pinder (1916-2014) was one of the first African American women to graduate from the Yale School of Public Health in 1947. She helped establish the nursing program at Dillard University, a historically black women’s college in New Orleans, and joined the US Public Health Service in Liberia and Ghana. She later supported the establishment of the Korle Bu Medical School of the University of Ghana and held a long and distinguished career in maternal and child health for USAID.
Pinder was a pioneer in advanced professional education for African American women, and the memorial fund seeks to honor her legacy by promoting health equity and addressing disparities in injury and violence prevention control. With this goal in mind, INSIGHT leadership will select a recipient based on academic excellence and financial need who is part of an underrepresented minority group.
Applications for the 2023 INSIGHT Summer Research Program for undergraduate, graduate and first-year medical students are now open!
*Students must be able to provide a physical copy of their Social Security card, COVID-19 Vaccine Card, and necessary Form-I-9 Documents.
If you have questions that are not addressed on the website or our FAQ, please email us at: InjuryED@uw.edu
INSIGHT interns work closely with faculty mentors on their research projects throughout the summer.
Medical/Graduate Eligibility Requirements:
The INSIGHT Summer Research Program accepts students as follows:
Please visit our INSIGHT FAQ if you are unsure of your eligibility to apply.
Graduate/Undergraduate Program Logistics:
Dates: June 20 – August 11, 2023
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Monday through Friday.
Location*: The Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center is located in the Patricia Bracelin Steel Memorial Building at 401 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122. This is also the location of all scheduled seminars and workshops.
*For 2023: The INSIGHT Program has been adapted to an online format.
The range of projects we have each summer are dependent on a number of factors such as availability of mentors and timelines for completion. Additionally, some projects have specific requirements such as having a statistical background. We strongly consider primary research interests of students, but ultimately make a best fit determination once we have determined our cohort of students which takes all these factors into consideration. Therefore, we invite you to look at our recent research projects and explain your specific research interests and/or skill set in our application. Accepted students will be informed of their research project and mentor prior to the start of the summer program.
Mentors include health sciences faculty from across the University of Washington, including medicine, public health, nursing, law and other disciplines.
Yes, however, we give preference to undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2023, and students graduating in Spring 2024.
Yes, however, we give preference to undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2023, and students graduating in Spring 2024.
Yes, you are eligible to apply.
To be eligible, you must either be a current undergraduate or graduate student, or enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program in Fall 2023. If you are not in either group, you are not eligible for the INSIGHT program.
Yes, you are eligible to participate if you are attending an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university on a student visa, or are a student with DACA status. Students must be able to provide a physical copy of their Social Security card, COVID-19 Vaccine Card, and necessary Form-I-9 Documents.
The INSIGHT committee will notify you, if your transcripts are required for the final selection process.
Prior research experience is not required. However, strong candidates should be able to articulate their interests in the INSIGHT program and have demonstrated strong academic performance in the STEM fields. Similarly, having a STEM field major is not required.
The application review is holistic in nature and consideration is given to all parts of a student’s application including reference, statement of interest and background, and academic trajectory. Grade point averages are just one of the many factors included in the overall evaluation of a student’s application, but a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required, must be ≥ 3.0.
If this situation applies to you the INSIGHT committee will notify you, if your transcripts are required for the final selection process.
We will notify you if your transcripts are required for the final selection process.
While having a STEM field major can be helpful in preparing you for internship program such as INSIGHT, it is not required. INSIGHT is made up of a cohort of students with a diverse array of backgrounds and interests. However, strong candidates should still be able to articulate their interests in the INSIGHT program and have demonstrated strong academic performance in the STEM classes they have completed.
Your reference will be emailed after the close of the application portal. They will receive specific instructions on completing a brief reference form. References have a few weeks to complete the reference form, and extensions are available if needed. A formal reference letter isn’t required (though there is space in the form for additional comments). If your reference has questions, they can contact us at: InjuryED@uw.edu
**Please note: The reference form has been updated for the 2023 INSIGHT class due to volume of applicants in prior years. No changes are visible to an INSIGHT applicant, all changes are for HIPRC’s administration. If you have any questions, please email us.
Please communicate with your reference and let them know we will contact them in March. If you need to change your reference or you have other questions, please contact us at: InjuryED@uw.edu
Out of fairness to others, we cannot give early notice of acceptance. All applicants will receive notification of their application status in *early April.
Accepted students are expected to commit to the INSIGHT Program for the duration, from June 20th – Aug. 11th, 2023.
We cannot accommodate late starts, long vacations, or early departures that significantly affect student attendance and participation.
The INSIGHT Program is a full-time, 40 hour per week summer internship. Interns are expected to be available to attend the program during regular business hours.
Accepted students are expected to commit to INSIGHT for the duration of the program. We cannot accommodate late starts, long vacations, or early departures that significantly affect a student’s participation in the program.
The INSIGHT Program is a full-time, 40 hour per week, summer internship. Interns are expected to be available and participate in the program during regular business hours.
The regular program schedule runs from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Clinical virtual shadowing opportunities will be available through UW School of Medicine. Much of the time is dedicated to working with your Faculty Mentor on a research project. Seminars, tours, meetings and social activities are also scheduled throughout the week. A program calendar will be provided to accepted students close to the start of the program.
The INSIGHT Program takes place on Harborview Medical Center’s main campus in the Pat Steel Building. All students are expected to follow the dress code as designated by Harborview’s stated policies (i.e.: no blue jeans, shorts, or t-shirts with insignia). This will be explained in further detail during the program’s orientation. Similarly, students will be expected to maintain a full time schedule for the duration of the program.
*For 2023, the INSIGHT Program for graduate and undergraduate students has been adapted to an online format to follow public health guidelines.
Each accepted student receives a stipend of $3,200 midway through the program.
At the annual INSIGHT Research Symposium, interns present original research posters and discuss their work with physicians, researchers, healthcare professionals and members of the public.
Each summer culminates in the INSIGHT Research Symposium, where interns give research poster presentations to physicians, researchers, healthcare professionals and members of the public.
Visit the INSIGHT Project Archive for past project titles.
Chief, Pediatrics Harborview Medical Center
Professor of Pediatrics; Adjunct Professor of Health Services, University of Washington
Professor Emeritus, Global Health, University of Washington
Professor Emeritus, Medicine – Allergy and Infectious Disease, University of Washington
“As a public health student pursuing a career in medicine, the connections that I have developed at HIPRC are truly invaluable. This program allowed me to connect with researchers, academics, and physicians that I would only hope to meet in medical school, and encouraged independent exploratory research with the support of a great staff and a phenomenal mentor, Dr. Lynn Stansbury. Thank you for creating this space for students to learn.”
I cannot recommend this program enough to my fellow students at George Washington University. I look forward to remaining involved as INSIGHT alumni and helping with TTRIG & the BRISK Project. Thank you again!
“I have learned more about medicine in general, my future path in it, and strengthened my understanding of the future profession. I have further realized that medicine is my true calling. I believe that I have contributed to valuable research and this is the most rewarding part of this internship. The best thing about being an alumna, though, is the lasting relationships I have made even though the program was virtual.”
“This experience and the people that made it possible have reaffirmed my confidence in my decision to pursue a career in health. The program’s emphasis on health equity and my own research question prompted me consider different options (specifically rural healthcare and research).”
“Within medicine and public health, there are so many interesting ways to make an impact. I don’t need to go to medical school to join public health. For example, I could go into research/statistics, Epidemiology, or nursing. Also, injuries are very prevalent issues – and they can occur in different forms. So, injury prevention is something I realized I am interested in!”
“I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity. Nowhere else is there a program quite like INSIGHT. The faculty/staff are world-class and fantastic at what they do. The community is kind and thoughtful. I felt supported and challenged at the same time. INSIGHT pushed me to be better, more analytical, and open-minded. I am so glad and fortunate that I got to spend my summer in the INSIGHT Program. I wish I could do it all over again!”
“This was a great program that was run well by really amazing individuals! I truly appreciate the opportunity and look forward to connecting with people that I have met this summer in the future and seeing what they have accomplished!”
“Thank you for such a fulfilling and rigorous program, INSIGHT even through an online format exceeded my expectations.”
“I just want to thank you all for all the work that you’ve done. I think when I knew that the program was going to keep going. I was very worried about how this was going to work because I got into this program because I wanted to do all the shadowing with the doctors with the team and everything. And with everything being online, I was just like how am I going to have the motivation, how am I going to have those connections. And I think you did a great job. I loved all the seminars, I learned so much. And I can’t imagine how much work you had to coordinate. I’m so grateful that you were able to do that for us.”
“This whole experience has been so rewarding. Even talking to my mentor a few times, a week and working with my partner, I’ve learned so much from both of them as well as the rest of the cohort. It’s been really helpful to learn about science and understand that it’s a team process.
I just want to say thank you so much for this opportunity again. I think I had a really singular view coming into this experience about what research is like working in a lab. When I came in here, pretty much like multiple times a week, “Oh research can be this.” Just being able to talk to other doctors and researchers. It’s been absolutely amazing, especially during these unprecedented times.”
“I also want to say thank you. And I think this program has really pushed me to like to pursue research more in my career, which is really exciting.”
“I would like to thank everyone. Because coming into this program, I did not really know what to expect. I can just imagine how hard everyone must have worked through the pandemic to do this program this way. I’m thankful for this opportunity because I feel like in my field moving forward, I can expect on what to do.”
Please share your recent academic or professional accomplishments with us! We feature alumni news in the alumni newsletter.
Undergraduate Alumni are encouraged to join the HIPRC INSIGHT Alumni Facebook group as well. For access contact, email@example.com.
INSIGHT interns have joined HIPRC from across the country, many with the goal of pursuing graduate school, medical school, and medical research.
Watch this space for the results of our annual survey of INSIGHT alumni.
Currently enrolled students working on injury and violence prevention research are invited to join the HIPRC Student Interest Group for mentorship, research support and presentation opportunities throughout the year.
Prior participation in INSIGHT is not required – this program is open to students currently enrolled at any college or university.