2017 IHPI - HSR Summer Student Fellowship and Internship Program

List of IHPI Member Student Projects Here

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Students – Submit Your Fellowship / Internship Application Here

 *Applications due Friday, March 24*

The Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) is introducing the IHPI - HSR Summer Student Fellowship and Internship Program for summer 2017. The program is open to non-Medical School master and doctoral students. The IHPI – HSR Summer Student Fellowship and Internship program provides stipends for graduate students to conduct summer research projects focusing on health services research or health policy. This 10-week program is designed to engage students with IHPI faculty members outside of their academic unit for a mutually agreed upon research project. Students participating in the program will have the opportunity to partake in a variety of educational activities related to health services research, and will engage with U-M leaders in this field.

This is a competitive internship/fellowship and not all applicants will receive a $4,500 stipend. Should an applicant not receive funding and still wish to participate with a faculty member, it will be up to the faculty member to determine the participation level.

AcademyHealth defines health services research (HSR) as “…the science of study that determines what works, for whom, at what cost, and under what circumstances. It studies how our health system works, how to support patients and providers in choosing the right care, and how to improve health through care delivery.” 

Eligibility Requirements:
Eligible students must be a master or doctoral-level student currently enrolled at the University of Michigan. Students may select the following program to participate in based on their program of study:

  • Fellowship: Doctoral-level students will apply for a 10-week summer fellowship.
  • Internship: Master-level students will apply for a 10-week summer internship. Students interested in receiving internship credit for this program must work with their home academic unit to ensure that all internship requirements will be met.

* Undergraduate and Medical students are NOT eligible to apply, as these students have access to similar programs including UROP and SBRP.

Application Requirements:
Students must identify an IHPI faculty mentor from a different academic unit (e.g.; a student from SPH and a faculty member from the Medical School, or a student from SSW and a faculty member from SPH) than their own (see the project list), and together propose a research project which will take place during the program timeframe. The project should have clear objectives, and a plan for making progress towards these objectives within a 10-week period. IHPI faculty members not included in the project list may also serve as a mentor for the Fellowship / Internship, provided that the student receives permission from the faculty member and includes them in the project planning process. 

Program and Participation:
During the summer of their IHPI – HSR Fellowship, students are expected to work on their projects for an agreed-upon number of hours per week for a 10-week period during May-August. Students are expected to determine their schedule with their mentor and adhere to this schedule throughout the duration of the summer Fellowship / Internship timeframe.

Students are encouraged to participate in IHPI educational activities, including “Lunch and Learn” sessions with IHPI members, skill-building seminars, and other IHPI-sponsored events. A schedule of activities will be provided at the start of the program. 

Award Information:
Students will receive a stipend of $4,500. 

Application Process:
Step 1: IHPI will post projects on its website for students to review.

Step 2: Students will contact faculty members with whom they are interested in working.

Step 3: Students and faculty members will mutually agree upon the research project for the Fellowship / Internship.

Step 4: Students will submit the Fellowship / Internship application form (available on the IHPI website) which will be reviewed by the IHPI Education & Training Workgroup. 

Applications must include:

  1. A personal statement (500-1000 words) about the student’s interest in the Fellowship / Internship that connects his/her education, experience, interests, and career goals to the IHPI – HSR program, and explains the proposed project. Students should describe the project’s HSR and/or health policy relevance, and what will be accomplished during the fellowship period. 
  2. Sign-off from a project mentor (IHPI faculty member) from a different academic unit than the student. Master-level interns must work with their faculty mentor and home academic unit to ensure that all internship requirements will be met. 
  3. Resume. 

Applications will be evaluated for the following:
A demonstrated commitment to improving healthcare delivery and value; a demonstrated interest in health services research and/or health policy; a clear relationship between the proposed project and the student’s professional interests and career goals. 

For questions and concerns please contact:
Jason Wolfe, MA
IHPI Associate Project Manager

Emma Steppe, MPH
IHPI Project Associate