Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Sun City, AZ

Summer Internships

Sun Health Research Institute Intern


The Banner Research Summer Internship Program offers college undergraduates and high school seniors the chance to expand their learning experiences beyond the traditional classroom.

This eight-week paid internship offers top-achieving and highly motivated science students the opportunity to work and learn with  nationally renowned physicians and researchers.

Our goal is to inspire students to not only embrace science and/or medicine as a career choice, but also to encourage them to continue scientific studies throughout their academic careers. Interns come from diverse backgrounds from local high schools to colleges around the country, such as Stanford University and Yale University.

Description:  Internships are open to college undergraduate science majors as well as high school seniors. During the summer, each student will spend eight weeks working in one of the Banner Research laboratories. The Institute's research focuses on diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, psychology and computational medical imaging. The student will be expected to commit 36-40 hours per week to the program. A stipend of $125/week will be given to the student upon their successful completion of the program. The overall aim is to give the students experience in biomedical research.

Training will include hands-on instruction in basic scientific techniques, experimental design and statistical analysis. Some interns will run imaging data analysis for PET data, MRI data or functional MRI data by using the latest imaging processing packages such as SPM, free surfer, etc. 

Some interns will be located at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute while the others will be located at Banner Alzheimer's Institute. 

Details to come about the 2016 summer internship.

Requirements:  The student must be at least 17 years of age and have completed high school biology and chemistry (or equivalent). The student must have maintained a minimum 3.4 grade point average (or equivalent) for the present school year. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

Housing and food are the responsibility of the intern. Banner Research does not arrange or pay for room and board.

*Women Inspiring Scientific Progress (WISP) has provided one scholarship which consists of room and board for a female intern in our 2015 summer class.  Please indicate on your application if you would like to be considered for this scholarship.

Application process: 

  1. A signed application
    • A letter of reference from a teacher or professor.
      • A personal statement with a brief biographical sketch, your interest/experiences in science, medicine and research as well as your future career aspirations.
        • Please include an official transcript/report card

Send to: Banner Research
                Internship Program
                c/o Brian Browne
                10515 W. Santa Fe Drive
                Sun City, AZ 85351

Applications for the Banner Research Summer Internship Program will be available online January 2016.

For more information, please visit: or  E-mail Brian Browne for more information. 



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