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2023 TRIPLL Summer Research Internship

The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life brings together social and behavioral scientists from Cornell University’s Ithaca campus with clinical researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine to conduct cutting edge research on later-life pain. TRIPLL offers a virtual eight-week Summer Research Internship (SRI) that provides undergraduate pre-medical or pre-health students with an aging-related research experience. The SRI includes mentorship from Cary Reid, MD, PhD, Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Director of TRIPLL and the Office of Geriatric Research; members of Dr. Reid’s research team provide direct supervision of the interns.

The 2023 TRIPLL SRI will focus on two areas:

1) Research: Interns will spend approximately 90% of their time working on aging-related clinical research projects. Interns will conduct literature reviews, help staff recruit and interview study participants, assist with data entry and analysis, and contribute to manuscript writing. In the past, interns have worked on projects with and been mentored by faculty and staff members within our Division as well as our collaborators at Cornell University’s Ithaca campus, and local NYC community organizations. As projects are often launched during the summer (but not completed), it is strongly encouraged that interns continue to be a part of the project (e.g., participating in virtual team meetings) through the dissemination phase (i.e., writing up the results for publication) after the summer program is completed.

2) Education and Clinical Observation: Interns will spend approximately 10% of their time engaging in experiential and didactic learning opportunities. Within the Division, interns will participate in Geriatrics-related grand rounds and seminars; in addition to supplementary training sessions regarding best practices when reviewing literature and engaging in other research activities.

Other Internship Activities
Interns participate in project meetings and at the end of the SRI, they will prepare, and deliver a final presentation about their summer experience. In addition, interns are required to complete and submit weekly journal entries to supervising staff.


Pre-med (or other health-related discipline) undergraduate; interest in geriatrics and aging

To Apply for the TRIPLL SRI:

Send resume, cover letter, and 2-3 page writing sample to Mubarak Sanni ( In your cover letter, make sure to discuss any past experiences in research and the reasons for your interest in the field of aging and pain in later life. Please choose a writing sample that reflects your overall writing skills; acceptable examples include research paper excerpts, reflection pieces, newspaper articles, etc.

The virtual part-time (21 hours/week) internship is eight weeks long: Monday, June 5, 2023 through Friday, July 28, 2023. Students are provided with a stipend.

Deadline to submit application materials: January 31, 2023