EQ-BEST Undergraduate Intern Program


The EQ-BEST Undergraduate Internship Program


The mission of the Equity in Biostatistics and Epidemiology Student Training (EQ-BEST) Undergraduate Internship Program is twofold. First, we aim to enhance the diversity of the workforce in the fields of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. We will do this by introducing undergraduate students to research and applied career opportunities in these fields. Second, we aim to provide students with career connections and practical work experience to build key skills that will be broadly applicable in their undergraduate career and beyond. Together, these major activities will help establish and build students’ sense of identity and belonging within the scientific community, and encourage persistence and success.

The EQ-BEST Undergraduate Internship Program is being offered through the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Human Medicine at MSU.


About the Undergraduate Internship Program

  • What would I do as an EQ-BEST Undergraduate Intern?

    Interns in the Equity in Biostatistics and Epidemiology Student Training (EQ-BEST) Undergraduate Internship Program will be paired with a Faculty Mentor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The Intern will work approximately 8-10 hours per week on research-related activities as agreed upon with the Faculty Mentor.

    These research-related activities could include:

    • Locating and reviewing the scientific literature
    • Creating or editing research study documentation
    • Engaging in scientific communication education and training such as scientific writing, website design, and citation management
    • Research study coordination including preparing survey materials and recruiting participants
    • Data entry, management, or analysis
  • What are the benefits of the EQ-BEST Undergraduate Internship?
    • Paid internship position of approximately 8-10 hours per week
    • Research mentorship with a faculty expert in Biostatistics or Epidemiology
    • Opportunity to build peer support and career connections
    • Real-world work and research experience and training
    • Opportunity to be involved in cutting-edge research
  • Can you tell me more about Epidemiology and Biostatistics?

    An Epidemiologist is a disease detective who uses clues in data to figure out how factors, like where you live, diet, pollution, stress, genetics, and even public policy, place some people at higher risk of disease than others. 

    Biostatisticians are a lot like epidemiologists but focus more on converting data into useful information to help us recognize patterns. 

    Both Epidemiologists and Biostatisticians study diseases like COVID-19, Alzheimer’s, and cardiovascular disease but also health conditions like preterm delivery, obesity, fibroids, depression, and autism, searching for clues to help prevent these diseases and conditions.

  • What are the areas of research in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics?

    Established in 1989, the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Human Medicine houses faculty experts in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The Department offers a rich and stimulating research environment for both faculty and student researchers. The research interests of the faculty are diverse. Please see the areas of research conducted by our Faculty Mentors in the EQ-BEST Undergraduate Internship Program.

  • What are the dates and location of the EQ-BEST Undergraduate Internship Program?

    The internship program for the fall 2022 semester will transpire from August 31, 2022 to December 16, 2022, with the possibility of renewal into Spring 2023 semester and Summer 2023 session. This is contingent on funding, Intern performance, and the availability of the Faculty Mentor and Intern.

    Faculty Mentors in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics are located at West Fee Hall on the East Lansing Campus. Some internship hours may occur on site at West Fee Hall or remotely.

  • Who is eligible to apply?

    The Equity in Biostatistics and Epidemiology Student Training (EQ-BEST) Undergraduate Internship Program, Fall 2022, is for students who:

    • are enrolled at least half-time at Michigan State University Fall 2022 as an undergraduate student
    • will have at least Sophomore standing as of Fall 2022
  • How will I know if I have been selected for an internship?

    We will invite finalists for an interview by Zoom in May 2022.

    We will notify all applicants by email in June 2022 as to whether or not they were selected into the EQ-BEST Undergraduate Internship Program.

    Those accepted will be provided detailed instructions on (1) how to accept the internship position and the deadline for acceptance; (2) the Faculty Mentor they have been paired with, (3) start date and contact information for the Faculty Mentor; (4) details about the research activities with the Faculty Mentor; and (5) the employment onboarding process at MSU.

How do I apply?

Please prepare and submit the following application materials online:

  1. Unofficial transcript.
    Unofficial transcripts or a list of coursework and grades are acceptable.

  2. Current resume 
    Please include employment history, community service, and any past research experience.

  3. In a short essay (300-500 words), please describe the following:
  • Your career and academic goals
  • The reasons why you are interested in the EQ-BEST Undergraduate Internship Program, and how your participation will help address its mission
  • Areas of research conducted by Faculty Mentors that interest you. This information will be used to better match you with a Faculty Mentor.
  • Please limit the essay to no more than 300-500 words.
  1. Names of two recommenders.
    Please provide a list of names and email addresses or telephone numbers for two individuals, such as a prior or current employer, a past high school teacher, or religious leader, who can speak to your professionalism. 

  2. Application Deadline -  Check back in Fall 2022 for information about applying for the 2023 Fall Semester 


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If you have any questions about EQ-BEST Undergraduate Internship Program, please email epi.eqbest@msu.edu