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Internships and Fellowships

Honors College students pursue a range of internship and fellowship opportunities on campus and abroad. We invite you to explore the list of internships and fellowships that honors students have participated in below.

Additionally, the Honors College and ECU’s Office of University Scholarships provides information and support to ECU students applying for prestigious fellowships and scholarships. We support applications for a number of awards, including the Goldwater, Rhodes, Fulbright, Marshall, Truman, Boren. For more information, about internship, scholarship, and fellowship opportunities, please contact Dr. Todd Fraley or visit the Office of University Scholarships.

East Carolina Heart Institute Internship Program

The ECU Honors College internship at the East Carolina Heart Institute provides an interactive clinical and scientific summer program. Students are exposed to laboratory research methods and clinical procedures, as well as the ambience of an integrated cardiovascular disease program. For 6 weeks (full-time) student interns are immersed in daily clinical activities of cardiac surgeons and cardiologists, which include observing robotic cardiac surgical operations as well cardiac catheterization procedures. The program is supervised by Dr. Wiley Nifong, an internationally recognized surgeon who helped pioneer robotic and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. The program is noted for personal interaction between student interns and our faculty and is devoted to spawning early interest in cardiovascular science and medicine. Students must be in good standing with the Honors College. For more information, contact Dr. Todd Fraley

Innovation Design Lab Internship

The IDL Internship program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to engage in creative projects and research at the IDL, with the Office of Innovation and Economic Development. The IDL provides a neutral meeting ground for diverse, multi-disciplinary innovation teams where design is the translating language and the connector between the arts and the sciences. The IDL uses established Design Thinking processes to enhance creativity and guide its application into innovations. Students must be in good standing with the Honors College. Questions regarding the IDL may be directed to Wayne Godwin.

Summer Biomedical Research Program

The SBRP provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to engage in basic science research at the Brody School of Medicine (BSOM) and Vidant Medical Center. Faculty conducting research in the areas of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Pathology, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Physiology, Health Disparities and Clinical Research will prepare students to address scientific questions using cutting-edge experimental approaches. Students must have received a passing grade in college level General Biology, General Chemistry, Algebra and English Composition (or comparable courses) to participate in the SBRP. All undergraduates from any accredited institution are eligible to apply for this program. Students currently in their sophomore or junior year are particularly encouraged to apply. More information can be found on the program website:

Summer Program for Future Doctors

The Summer Program for Future Doctors is an intensive, challenging, educational summer program that allows participants to experience the pedagogical style and demands of the medical school curriculum. The program, which accepts approximately 20-25 participants, has two components. The non-matriculating program is aimed at premedical or undergraduate students. The matriculating program is geared toward medical students who have already been accepted to the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University for the following fall semester.

The Summer Program for Future Doctors is a great opportunity for participants to strengthen their basic science knowledge base, enhance their critical thinking skills, gain a better understanding of the application and admissions process, and exhibit their abilities to successfully handle the academic, social, and emotional demands of medical school. More information can be found on the program website:

The Duke Endowment Fellowship Program

The Endowment is looking for applicants who have demonstrated an interest in the nonprofit sector and exhibited leadership potential in their civic and/or professional lives. The Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position for those who aspire to be leaders in the philanthropic or nonprofit sector.

The International Scholar Laureate Program

The International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP), is the product of an educator-led initiative founded over 25 years ago, and continues to educate, motivate, and inspire accomplished students through interactive, experiential and engaging programs that encourage high-achievers to reach higher and achieve more in their lives and careers. All scholars have strong academic records and leadership skills. Also, everyone must be at least 18 years old at the start of the Program and currently enrolled in a college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student or be a recent graduate. Students must be nominated by an educator or self-nominate.

Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity founds multiple programs domestically and internationally. Here in the U.S., the Foundation organizes The Prize in Ethics Essay Contest for college juniors and seniors. Prizes range from $500-$5,000 and are awarded to essays that are well written, range from 3,000-4,000 words, and analyze a current ethical dilemma in the world. The contest ends during December.

Teach for America

Teach For America recruits a diverse group of dedicated leaders, regardless of major, who want to expand educational opportunities in low-income communities. The window to apply is open from August to February, but early application is encouraged. Corps-member must commit to two-years of teaching and will receive full salaries and health benefits.


AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. For a full list of program descriptions, benefits, and examples of the work performed by AmeriCorps, visit the link above.

White House Fellows Program

Founded in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis. -

Summer ORISE Fellowship

A candidate chosen by the CDC will work on a project associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases. Current undergraduate and graduate students may hold appointments during the summer or part-time appointments during the semester.

The Nebraska Summer Research Program

Nebraska's summer program offers research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in addition to an interdisciplinary Minority Health Disparities program aimed at conducting cutting edge social and behavioral research into understanding and reducing health disparities and in diversifying minority health researchers. A complete listing of faculty mentors and research project descriptions can be found on our website at Students can also find information about program benefits including a competitive stipend, room and board, travel expenses, and more.

National Science Foundation

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location. By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.

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