Summer Internship in Medical Education (SIME)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1, 2024

This is an opportunity for medical students to spend the summer between years 1 and 2 working on a medical education project while simultaneously gaining exposure to educational theory and practice. This is a great opportunity for students who want to explore medical education as part of their career pathway.


The summer experience will be divided between a scholarly project in admissions, medical school, residency, or continuing medical education and exposure to principles of medical education. Students will work under the supervision of a leader in medical education who may be a clinician educator or a PhD educational specialist.

The Project

The project will reflect a priority issue within the medical school’s Office of Medical Education (OME). The specific projects will be determined through discussions involving the selected students and OME leadership. Each student will work on a different initiative. Components of the project may include lit review, debriefings, presentation to OME leadership, reflection.

Medical Education Theory

Students will gain exposure through:

  • assigned readings on medical education
  • one on one meetings with faculty and educators
  • participation in meetings applicable to their project and to medical education operations
  • participation in the monthly OME journal club
  • student-run journal club
  • weekly debrief meeting with the Director of Medical Education Development and Scholarship (MEDS)

Program Benefits

A stipend for this summer education experience will be provided, depending on the length of time of the project. The internship lasts for eight weeks.

Selection of Students

Applicants must be University of Minnesota medical students in good academic standing who have just completed year one. Students from both Twin Cities and Duluth are encouraged to apply, however, the cohort will be based on the Twin Cities campus.

Desired attributes:

  • Interest in medical education from a faculty/educator perspective
  • Interest in education research and scholarship
  • Ability to work independently

Applications will be reviewed by OME leadership. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

SIME Timeline

March 1st: Application cycle closes
March 31st: SIME cohort selected

April - June: Internship on-boarding/matriculation - remote
June 25th- August 6th: Weekly Tuesday cohort (2 hours) - Twin Cities Campus
August 13th - SIME Final Presentations- Twin Cities Campus