Program Dates: June 20, 2024– August 15, 2024
Length of Program: Approximately 8 weeks;
40 hours per week
Application Deadline: February 9, 2024
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Program Description

During this eight-week program, the Hugh Edmondson Summer Research Internship Program undergraduate interns will participate in research or work activities eight hours daily, Monday through Friday. The interns are not expected to participate in other part-time work activities or to attend summer school during this eight-week period. This year’s program will offer a combination of in-person/remote experiences. Uniquely located within 1.5 hours of the San Francisco Bay Area to the west and Lake Tahoe to the east, Sacramento offers a plethora of activities, including adventure, fine dining, shopping and culture.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will I know what my research project will be?
    • As research is a dynamic field, we will not be sure of your project until your internship begins. On orientation day, a round-robin session will be held so that interns and mentors can be matched based on their interest.
  • What will my exact hours be?
    • Generally, interns work Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, hours may change based on your mentor’s schedule and projects taking place in the lab.
  • Will I get a certificate at the end?
    • Yes, you will receive a program completion certificate at the conclusion of the program.
  • Is the Hugh Edmondson Research Internship a paid position?
    • Yes, a stipend is awarded to participants accepted to the program.


The internship program was named in honor of Dr. Hugh Edmondson who established a summer research program for qualified undergraduate students to conduct research under the supervision and mentorship of pathology faculty at the University of Southern California in 1969. The internship program was brought to UC Davis in 1980 by Dr. Murray Gardner, who was mentored by Dr. Edmondson. Dr. Robert Cardiff became chair of the department in 1991 and brought the internship program to the UC Davis Medical Center at Sacramento. Since 1991, over 200 bright and dedicated students have participated in the program, many of whom have chosen careers in the health sciences.