The American Cancer Society Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR) Internship
The main goal of the DICR program is to increase diversity in the field of cancer research by providing training and networking opportunities to undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups.
Interns competitively selected for the program are supported by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Undergraduate interns engaged in a 10-week intensive research program and optional clinical shadowing opportunities.
This internship program provides research experience, networking, and near peer mentoring opportunities. It is one of many programs included in the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center's (UMGCCC) Cancer Research Career Enhancement and Related Activities. Interns attend programming along with Nathan Schnaper Internship Program interns (NSIP) and University of Maryland (UM) Scholars Summer Research program.
Components of our program include:
- Laboratory Practices and Techniques (LPT) course to jump start research projects
- Mentored research experience including a team science approach
- Individual Development Plan (IDP)
- Cancer education sessions
- Weekly meetings with mentors
- Career Development and Seminars
- Scientist-Survivor Program & Health Disparities Journal Club
- End of summer presentation opportunity at the NSIP Symposium
- Longitudinal activities:
- Attendance and presentation opportunity at AACR (American Association for Cancer Research) Conference
- Mid-year DICR reunion
- Continued professional development and mentorship
Application and Selection
The application period is now closed. Additional information will be posted when the application opens. Applicants for DICR will apply through the NSIP application process.