Environmental Medicine Internship for Minority Students

The Mount Sinai Environmental Medicine Internship Program for Minority Students is a short-term training opportunity in environmental and occupational health. If you are a minority student interested in the biomedical sciences, we invite you to apply. The Program's multidisciplinary focus allows you to explore your interests while participating in cutting-edge biomedical research in New York City. We provide individual career counseling, guidance, and support during the internship.

This program is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.

As an intern, you participate in multidisciplinary research projects in environmental and occupational health. Past projects have included:

  • Lead mobilization in pregnant women
  • P53 mutations in a mesothelioma cell line
  • Integration of health indicators and TRI data in a geographical information system
  • Intracellular effects of camp in breast cancer
  • Digital genotyping of the HRAS-1 variable tandem repeat locus
  • Development of an in vitro model of the blood-brain barrier
  • Extraction of organochlorides from whole blood collected in capillary tubes
  • Genetic susceptibility to lead-induced blood-brain barrier damage
  • Analysis of recruitment rates in a breast cancer study
  • Rates of hospital admission for asthma and socioeconomic factors in NYC
  • Calcium supplements as a source of lead intoxication
  • Dietary study of quercetin-containing food in 9-year-old girls of different ethnicities
  • Transfection of endothelial cells to form a blood-brain barrier
  • Determining the effect of pyrethroids on Erbb2, Erbb3, and Erbb4 gene expression
  • Co-culture of astrocytes and endothelial cells as a model of the blood-brain barrier
  • Neurobehavioral effects of lead in mice polymorphic for ALAD
  • Quantitative study of flavenoids and breast cancer risk in three ethnic groups
  • Research and instruction strategies in environmental health sciences
  • Accumulation of lead in edible plants
  • Chelation therapy for lead in genetically susceptible mice
  • Identification of adhesion molecules in the blood-brain barrier in vitro
  • Measurement of mercury in contaminated homes
  • Health disparities and socioeconomic status in the United States
  • Attitudes about environmental health and asthma in East Harlem
  • Overcoming barriers to occupational health in Latina Immigrant Women
  • The relationship between health disparities and socioeconomic status
  • A school-based intervention program for asthmatic students

To apply, you must be:

  • A minority underrepresented in the sciences as per the following NIH definition:
    • African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or rural Appalachian.
  • A U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident.
  • Enrolled in or recently graduated from BA, BS, MA, MPH, or other master's level program. A recent graduate is defined as one who has obtained a degree no earlier than May of last year.
  • Willing to commit a minimum of 10 weeks to the program, full time. Although most interns are selected for the summer period, positions are available for other 10 to 12 week periods during the year.


The deadline for applications is February 15 for the summer session starting in June. For sessions that take place during semesters, there is no application deadline.

View the application

Send your completed application to ITPApplications@mssm.edu. Include "Environmental Medicine Internship Program" in the e-mail subject line.

With your application, provide the contact information (email address and telephone numbers) for two recommendations or submit two letters of recommendation (signed and on institution letterhead).

If e-mailing the letters of recommendation: Please ask your writer to scan the recommendation (signed and on institution letterhead) and email it as a jpeg or pdf file to ITPApplications@mssm.edu.

You will be notified of final decisions via e-mail by May 1 (summer session).

Many of our dedicated Faculty serve on advisory committees and as mentors for our Environmental Medicine Internship Program for Minority Students.