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Student-centered Program to Advance Research in Cancer Careers (SPARCC) Internship

SPARCC (Student-centered Program to Advance Research in Cancer Careers) is an 8-week summer program that combines content knowledge and clinical experiences to focus on cancer care, cultural responsiveness, and research. Students will have workshop sessions in the morning and practicum rotations in the afternoon. Each week is designated to one of the eight core topics:

  • Cancer Care and Clinical Trials Operations
  • Culturally Responsive Care
  • Leadership and Professionalism
  • Ethical and Participant Safety Considerations
  • Study and Site Management
  • Cancer Medicines, Development and Regulation
  • Data Management and Informatics
  • Scientific Concepts and Research Design specific to Cancer Research

Eligible SPARCC students…

  • Must be US citizens or permanent residents
  • Are juniors, seniors, or recent graduates from a 4-year college -OR- in the final year of completing an associate’s degree
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Have health insurance
  • Are passionate about: cancer prevention, treatment and care, biomedical research, healthcare disparities, community engagement, collaboration and leadership!

SPARCC is strongly committed to increasing diversity and inclusion throughout the clinical cancer research workforce. Individuals from groups underrepresented in biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply.*

*Underrepresented groups are defined by NIH as: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders

SPARCC Benefits

  • Community engagement activities 
  • Networking with nationally renowned cancer experts
  • Engage in various clinical research opportunities 
  • Explore pathways into a robust research career
  • Receive a weekly $300 stipend and supplemental financial support to cover meals
  • Research presentation and public skill development 
  • Participate in clinical practicum rotations with eight different departments
  • Access to a diverse faculty
  • Enrich your understanding of cancer clinical trials  
  • Advising in your pursuit of scholarly activities
  • Apple iPad that you keep upon graduation
  • And so much more!

Program runs from Thursday, June 8 to Friday, August 4, 2023