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US Army Institute of Surgical Research
2018 Summer Program

The US Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) is seeking applications for summer internship appointments for undergraduate students from accredited colleges and universities to conduct research at the USAISR in San Antonio, TX. The internship has a firm start date of Monday, 4 June, and will end on Friday, 10 August 2018. Applicants will be evaluated once their complete packet is submitted. The final deadline for application submission is Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Only U.S. citizens with a minimum GPA of 3.5 are eligible for this program.

The intent of the undergraduate student internship is to provide an opportunity for students interested in science, engineering or medical career fields to participate in research directed at improving the care of injured military service members and society at large. This mentored research experience will expose interns to ongoing efforts in integrated science, technology and engineering solutions at the nation’s premier military trauma research institute. Selected candidates will be compensated $2,750.00 per month, based upon full-time participation.


Open period for applications: 18 Oct 2017 to 2 Jan 2018.

Please list the TOP THREE TASK AREAS by order of preference on your APPLICATION. For example:

  • 1) Tactical Combat Casualty Care Research
  • 2) Damage Control Resuscitation Research
  • 3) Coagulation & Blood Research

This can be completed on the Availability section of the application.


  1. For the on-line application, only ONE application is needed for all projects and programs. Additionally, please have the items listed below available for uploading into the on-line application system.
      • Resume/CV (Must include the following)
        • Professional Goal and objective statement (what do you want to be when you grow up and what are you looking for in this experience?)
        • Academic Major (if declared) or track (if undeclared)
        • Grade-Point Average (out of 4.0 scale; if other scale is used, provide qualitative interpretation and/or equivalency to 4.0 scale)
        • Brief description of prior research laboratory experience(s) including specific laboratory or analytical skills (for example, electrophoresis, cell culture, etc.)
          Any relevant publications or other experience

      • Transcripts from all schools attended, original student copies are acceptable (students, postgraduates and certificate applicants only)
  2. An email will be forwarded for persons familiar with your educational and professional qualifications (include your thesis or dissertation adviser, if applicable)/Employers for a reference. PERSONAL REFERENCES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE

  3. Please remember to save your username and password to login to your account to make changes/updates to your application, or to apply to future projects.

The complete application and supporting materials will be forwarded to Program Officials for review.


Eligibility Requirements

      • U.S. Citizenship
      • Undergraduate Students who have completed 24 credit hours.
      • Overall GPA of 3.5+.
      • Degree discipline must be in STEM or related.

Additional Details

      • Chosen applicants will work closely with a USAISR staff mentor and their research team to conduct a scientific investigation in one of the research focus areas of the USAISR:  Hemorrhage Control, Resuscitation, Blood and Coagulation, Burn Injury, Ocular Trauma, Dental Trauma, Pre-hospital Trauma Care, Intensive Care, Pain, Regenerative Medicine and Extremity Trauma.  Interns will present the findings of their research projects at a poster session at the end of July
      • The internship has a firm start date of Monday, 4 June, and will end on Friday, 10 August 2018. Applicants will be evaluated once their complete packet is submitted.  The final deadline for application submission is Monday, January 2, 2018
      • Those travelling from outside the San Antonio, TX area may be eligible to receive additional travel funds, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Transportation and housing will not be provided.  All participants must provide their own housing and transportation.

Please contact the ORAU Maryland office at (410) 306-9200 or with any questions.