ABout dicr internships

The Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR) Internship Program is part of the Diversity in Cancer Research Program within Extramural Discovery Science.

The DICR internship program targets under-represented minority (URM) undergraduate students to increase their awareness of, and enthusiasm for, opportunities to work in cancer research. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of URM cancer researchers.

Internship Program in General

DICR interns spend 10 weeks during the summer engaging in hands-on research. They’re mentored by an accomplished investigator in a cancer research lab or in a clinical or community setting.

Interns receive a stipend of $500 a week, for a total of $5,000 for the summer internship. They additionally receive an allowance up to $500 to offset housing and travel costs or to cover expenses related to networking and career-development activities. No academic credit is awarded. 

Throughout the year, interns engage in planned, career-development and networking activities.

The goal is to have the program fund 100 DICR internships a year, starting in the summer of 2023. The program started in 2021 with 8 universities and funded 32 summer internships. It was so successful that in 2022, 12 universities were awarded with funding for 83 summer internships.

How Universities Are Funded

Universities receive funding for the DICR internships by applying for, and being awarded, supplemental funding through the Institutional Research Grant (IRG).  In both 2021 and 2022, all universities that applied for supplemental funding were approved.

Funding to launch the DICR internships was from the generous support of the DeLuca Foundation, an endowment from Elizabeth and Phill Gross and their family, Merck, and multiple others.

University-Specific Internships

Interns are selected by funded universities. IRGs awarded supplemental funding use an institutional selection committee to choose 4 to 10 interns. Each university sets criteria and the process for intern applications and review. 

Curricula, schedules, and associated staff and mentors for DICR internship programs are set by the universities that run them.

This graphic was adapted from the American Cancer Society DICR internship program at the University of New Mexico.

To learn more about the internship eligibility and the application process, see FAQ: Diversity in Cancer Research Internship.

For all questions, contact: DiversityEDS@cancer.org

Impact of the DICR Internship Program

Learn what students, mentors, and staff have to say about the ACS DICR internship program.