CUNY Baccalaureate offers highly motivated, academically strong students the opportunity to design individualized programs of study. This degree route is designed for students who have well-formulated academic and career goals and the vision and drive to design their own areas of concentration in collaboration with faculty mentors.


College Discovery is the higher education opportunity program at the two year CUNY colleges. It was established to provide comprehensive academic support to assist capable students who otherwise might not be able to attend college due to their educational and financial circumstances.


The CUNY Pipeline Program is designed to provide educational and financial support to underrepresented CUNY undergraduates interested in pursuing the Ph.D. in preparation for college-level teaching and advanced research in any discipline except law and medicine. The CUNY Pipeline Program seeks to recruit students from groups currently underrepresented in our nation’s Universities. Along with a stipend of $3,250, the CUNY Pipeline Program provides orientation to the academic profession through a summer research institute at The Graduate Center and research projects conducted with doctoral faculty. In the summer institute fellows take a 4-credit research seminar that orients them to academia, participate in workshops on applying to graduate school, and attend workshops in preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Fellows report on their research project at the annual CUNY Pipeline Conference held at The Graduate Center and submit a written senior thesis at the end of the academic year.


SEEK stands for Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge. It is the higher education opportunity program at the senior (four year) CUNY colleges. It was established to provide comprehensive academic support to assist capable students who otherwise might not be able to attend college due to their educational and financial circumstances.


The Honors College was designed in collaboration with CUNY senior colleges and programs. From the start, CUNY Honors was recognized for exceptional advising, hands-on internships and research opportunities, substantial community service and global learning opportunities, and a commitment to provide the skills and experiences for each student to excel in college and beyond.


The MARC and MBRS Programs at Hunter College are supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and are intended to encourage talented undergraduate minority students to pursue a career in research and science. Students in both programs receive a scholarship and financial support for conducting research throughout the academic year in a Hunter College laboratory. The areas of science research conducted at Hunter include Cell and Molecular Biology, Cell Physiology, Biochemistry, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biophysics and Biopsychology. Students travel to present the results of their research at national meetings. They also hear the latest biomedical research findings of prominent symposium speakers and meet students from across the country.


The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 194 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program prepares academically promising undergraduate students who have an interest in attending graduate school. The McNair Program staff works closely with participating McNair scholars throughout their undergraduate career at Hunter College for effective preparation for graduate/doctoral study.


The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education was founded to recruit underrepresented minorities into medicine, increase medical services in historically underserved areas, and increase the availability of primary care physicians.



Four summer research fellowships will be awarded each year. Each student will be assigned to an American Bar Foundation Research Professor who will involve the student in the professor’s research project and who will act as mentor during the student’s tenure. The students also will participate in a series of seminars and field visits to acquaint them with the many facets of socio-legal research and the legal system. The students will work at the American Bar Foundation’s offices in Chicago, Illinois for 35 hours a week for a period of 8 weeks. Each student will receive a stipend of $3,600.

The Chicago-Kent Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars program (“PLUS”) offers a unique and unforgettable experience for college students who are interested in the legal profession. This rigorous four-week program is designed to provide students with a “taste” of the law school experience. The program is primarily directed at undergraduate college students from disadvantaged groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession. Program Details

Through the Cornell University Prelaw Program, you have an unparalleled chance to develop an accurate picture of the realities, rewards, and challenges of being a lawyer today. Program Details

Designed to evaluate the student’s capacity for learning the law while simultaneously acclimating them to the law school process, the curriculum is taught by full-time law professors and simulates the rigors of the first year of law school. Program Details

The Summer for Undergraduates Program at Florida State Law is the largest of its kind and has become a model for other law schools nationally. Approximately 60 undergraduate college students will be chosen from the applicant pool to participate in the four-week long program. Program Details

The University of Oxford–Ohio State Summer Law Program offers students the unique opportunity to study with faculty from both Oxford University in England and the Ohio State University College of Law in the United States. Students will learn about the British and American legal systems through a combination of class work, guest lectures, and excursions to Oxford and London. The program houses students in private rooms at St. Anne’s College, and provides them with full board seven days a week. Program Details

The Skadden, Arps Honors Program is a unique partnership between Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP—one of the preeminent law firms in the world—and The City College of New York that prepares students from low-income and underrepresented groups for successful legal careers and to enrich and diversify the legal profession.

The Program accepts rising juniors (students who have completed approximately 50 to 70 credits), and offers merit scholarships, mentoring opportunities, a summer internship with stipend at a law firm or legal services non-profit, a legal studies curriculum, designed to complement a wide range of majors, and LSAT preparation and tutoring. Website

Trials is a residential scholarship program that helps talented and motivated college students of modest means gain admission to the nation’s leading law schools. This rigorous five-week summer course enhances opportunities for students of underrepresented backgrounds by bolstering their skills and focusing their goals. Program Details

The KHOP commitment involves two academic years and two consecutive summers: one four-week session each summer from mid July to mid August where you are “in residence” at UC Davis. During the two summer sessions, you will take classes in writing, logic, and LSAT prep, sit in on presentations; participate in Moot Court or Mock Trial; and meet with tutors and admission professionals who can help shape your academic and career decisions. During the academic year, you will participate in a mentorship program with a current law student, attend workshops on the application process, take practice LSAT exams under test conditions; and go on field trips. Program Details

The King Hall Pre-Law Boot Camp is designed to assist high potential undergraduate students with their undergraduate performance and preparation for admission to law school. The program consists of a series of Saturday workshops during spring semester 2015 that will prepare undergraduate students for the law school application process and expose them to diverse legal fields. Program Details

The University of Iowa College of Law, with generous support from The University of Iowa, is pleased to offer the Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program. This program seeks to support diversity in the legal profession by inspiring students from groups historically under-represented in the law to become lawyers and by providing them with the skills and assistance that will strengthen their preparation for law school. Program Details

The Institute for Law and Public Affairs administers the program in two five-week phases across two summers (preferably) or across a ten to twelve week single summer, including LSAT preparation. The program is designed as an intensive and rigorous program to increase students’ analytical, critical-reading, and writing skills, as well as elevate the number of diverse students who gain admission to and excel in law school. Program Details


The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) offers 50 college students each summer an exceptional opportunity to conduct original research in a laboratory at one of the world’s top-ranking scientific institutions. The program is designed for undergraduates with a strong background in science who are considering a research career. Program Details

The Chicago-Kent Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars program (“PLUS”) offers a unique and unforgettable experience for college students who are interested in the legal profession. This rigorous four-week program is designed to provide students with a “taste” of the law school experience. The program is primarily directed at undergraduate college students from disadvantaged groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession. Program Details

The program:
-Is for college sophomores, juniors, seniors or recent graduates.
-Is a six-week summer program consisting of two tracks.
Track One MCAT/DAT Preparation Program is for students who will be taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Dental Admission Test (DAT). The program focuses on MCAT/DAT test preparation, clinical interaction with preceptors and introduction to problem based learning through case studies.
Track Two Basic Medical Science Program is for all other students not on Track One. This track consists of basic medical science courses emphasizing essential principals of cell and molecular biology correlated to problem based learning case studies. Clinical experiences and professional development exercises are also presented.
-Has two purposes (a) to facilitate the entry of these students into medical and dental schools by improving their performance on admissions tests and through professional development activities and (b) to increase the retention of successful matriculants to professional schools through early exposure to professional education.
-Provides housing, meals and a stipend. Program Details

The Chicago Academic Medicine Program (CAMP) is a 6-week summer program for undergraduate students who have completed the freshman or sophomore year in college, or who are graduating from high school in spring of 2015 and have been accepted into college. Program Details

The Medical College of Georgia sponsors a summer academic enrichment program for outstanding college students. The Student Educational Enrichment Program (SEEP) is designed for two groups of students. The first group consists of intermediate level students who have finished either their freshman or sophomore year. The second group consists of advanced level students who have either finished their junior or senior year of college and plan to attend any of the health professions schools, including medical, dental, allied health, nursing, or pharmacy school. Program Details

The Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research (PSOMER) program is an 8-week research, education, and mentoring experience with University of Chicago faculty. PSOMER is open to college students who are rising juniors and seniors graduating after January 1, 2014. Applicants must be US citizens or have Permanent Resident status. The program seeks high achieving students from disadvantaged backgrounds, African American/Black, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other groups that have shown to be underrepresented in the health related sciences and medicine. Program Details

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a FREE (full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation. Program Details

This ten-week research program is designed for approximately 20 outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in bio-medically related sciences. Program Details

List of Summer Undergraduate Research Programs by school. Program Details

UCLA PREP is a FREE seven-week program designed to provide premedical and pre-dental students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a means of strengthening their ability and readiness to study medicine or dentistry. Students will work at a rigorous pace with a highly focused scope to prepare for the MCAT and DAT. Participants will engage in an extensive and lively classroom review of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Verbal Reasoning (However, this is not a “test-prep” program and individual study time for the DAT is limited). There is also career guidance and shadowing component to this program. Program Details

List of Summer Programs for Minority and Under-Represented Students in Pre-Health. Program Details

The Pre-Admissions Program is an eight-week summer program designed for college junior and senior students preparing to take the MCAT and apply to medical school.

-Current enrollment as a junior or senior in an institution of higher education. -A minimum of 2.8 G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale is required at the college level. -Completion of organic chemistry, physics and biology. -The student must be from a disadvantaged background and/or be a member of a population that is underrepresented or underserved in the health field (i.e. Native American, African American, Hispanic American, and Southeast Asian). Program Details

The Profile for Success (PFS) Program is a FREE seven-week residential program for college juniors, seniors and recent college graduates. Preparation for the DAT or MCAT is the main focus of this program. In addition to exam preparation, students participate in admissions workshops, simulated clinical and lab experiences, panel discussions on health disparities and lectures about various careers in dentistry and medicine. Program Details

This is an intensive internship based at the New Jersey Dental School in Newark, New Jersey. Gateway to Dentistry is a 2-week interactive program that affords each participant a birds-eye exposure to the various aspects of the practice of dentistry. This program is open to ALL students and recent graduates. There are some fees associated with this program, but waivers are available to those students for whom it would pose a financial hardship (with supporting documentation). However, students are responsible for any room, board, and transportation that they may require for the duration of this program. Program Details

The MED program is a FREE academic preparatory program for disadvantaged students with an intensive curriculum that mimics the first year of medical and dental school. The program enhances your study skills, testing skills and strengthens your sciences to prepare you adequately to begin medical or dental school. Participants take courses in Biochemistry, Gross Anatomy, Histology, Microbiology, MCAT/DAT Prep and Dental Theory. Program Details

The Access program of Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WCGS) is a summer internship program that trains underserved college students in the biomedical sciences. Program Details

The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program is designed to give 25 premedical students deeper insights into the field of medicine, including issues that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved groups. Program Details

In 1993, the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program became the first MD-PhD Program in the country to establish a summer program for underrepresented minority and disadvantaged college students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degree. Program Details


The program will emphasize economic theory, quantitative skills, and a research project. The program offers courses at two levels. This bi-level approach increases the diversity of participants, and makes the program accessible to students with relatively weak backgrounds who are nonetheless capable and talented. Program participants not ready for the Advanced Level will be able to participate in the program for two summers — or they can enter a Master’s program instead. Program Details

Each summer, the Institute gives 20 students a look at the world of graduate study with a program of two transferable credit courses, one in quantitative analysis and one in race and American politics, to introduce the intellectual demands of graduate school and political science research methods. For a final project for both courses, students prepare original, empirical research papers, and top students are given the opportunity to present their research at APSA’s Annual Meeting, with all expenses paid by the association. Program Details

Established in 1986, the CBCF Congressional Internship Program answered the call to help diversify our democracy by increasing the pool of talented public servants. The intensive nine-week program provides college undergraduates with a behind-the-scenes look into the democratic process. Through experiential learning in the office of a Congressional Black Caucus member, CBCF interns prepare to become decision makers in the policy making process. A series of educational activities, lectures, discussions and field trips help interns gain a broader understanding of the political process and African Americans’ place in history. Interns will also receive a $3,000 stipend and housing at a local university. Program Details

The Congressional Internship Program provides college students with a paid Congressional work placement on Capitol Hill for a period of twelve weeks (Spring/Fall) or eight weeks (Summer). This unmatched experience allows students to learn first hand about our nation’s legislative process.

Promising Latino undergraduates from across the country are selected for this leadership training program. Students gain work experience, participate in a community service project, and receive educational and professional programming provided by CHCI. This comprehensive three-prong approach provides extraordinary learning and networking opportunities for students. Program Details

List of Co-op/Internship Opportunities for 2015 for Minority & Underrepresented Student. Program Details

Summer internships are typically available in Bank Supervision and Regulation, Domestic and International Research, Financial Services, Information Technology and Markets. Interns are assigned to one department for the summer, but have frequent opportunities to collaborate with other interns and employees around the Bank. Past assignments have included participating in bank risk examinations, developing reports and databases, and conducting economic research with senior level economists. Interns are given the opportunity to write, think critically, give formal presentations and contribute to computer-based projects. Program Details

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship prepares high-achieving African American men for successful careers in business, law, government, public service, education, journalism, the sciences, medicine, ministry, and the arts. Program Details

The Alliance seeks to create a core of outstanding leaders and role models for coming generations by providing excellent educational opportunities through its activities and initiatives. These programs include undergraduate internships and mentoring; graduate support and fellowships; faculty development opportunities, and research exchanges. Program Details

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a national program that prepares young adults for an advanced degree and ultimately for careers and influential roles serving the public good. PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. This focus stems from a core belief that our citizens are best served by public managers, policy makers and community leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Furthermore, international affairs are increasingly mixed with local concerns. Addressing such global issues make diversity a critical goal in professional public service. For over 20 years PPIA has been at the forefront of promoting diversity in public service and nurturing the full potential of students as active citizens, public servants and agents of change. Program Details

The Rutgers English Diversity Institute (REDI) is a week-long program held at the flagship New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. REDI is designed to encourage current students and recent graduates from diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds to consider graduate study in Literatures in English. Program Details

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has created the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute to encourage minority students and others with an interest in African-American and African Diasporan Studies to pursue graduate degrees in the humanities. The program, which is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, offers a six-week session for ten rising seniors (juniors in spring 2015, entering their senior year in fall 2015, graduating in 2016). Five will be selected from colleges and universities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and five from Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation. The Institute, with the help of renowned scholars, will develop and nurture the students’ interest in the appropriate disciplines, and provide them with the requisite intellectual challenges and orientations needed to pursue humanities careers and to reach their full potential. Program Details

The T. Howard Foundation’s mission is to increase diversity in the multimedia and entertainment industry workforce. Students who become T. Howard interns are placed at major media companies that partner with the Foundation in support of our mission. A few of those partners include Comcast, DIRECTV, Discovery, ESPN, FOX, HBO, Intelsat, Lifetime, MTV, NBC Universal, Rainbow Media, Showtime, Time Warner Cable, and Turner Network Sales. Participating companies partner with the T. Howard Foundation to select and host interns. Program Details

The UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offer upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The programs are designed for students who wish to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research. Opportunities are available in virtually all academic fields. Program Details

The Urban Institute Summer Academy for Public Policy Analysis and Research is a unique and challenging program of skills-building, career development, and mentoring for minority undergraduates interested in careers in public policy research.

The year-long fellowship begins with an intensive eight-week summer program. Our summer program gives students between their junior and senior year of college the skills and exposure crucial to obtaining highly competitive entry positions in the field. After students successfully complete the summer program, we follow up with continued mentoring, research conference opportunities, job and graduate school counseling, and research paper publication during their final year of college. Program Details


CU LSAMP-R is an all expense paid summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate participants with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest through weekly luncheons.

Undergraduate students, interested in gaining a deeper understanding in an engineering-related field, have the opportunity to conduct and present research over a ten-week duration under the auspices of a Cornell Engineering faculty research mentor. Through this one-on-one partnership, participants will gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. CU LSAMP-R was developed to aid in the retention of traditionally underrepresented minority groups in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Program Detail

The Summer Program is a relatively intensive 4-week program, during which qualified participants receive an interesting and enjoyable introduction to biostatistics, epidemiology and public health research. This program is designed to expose undergraduates to the use of quantitative methods for biological, environmental and medical research. The program also provides useful advice about graduate school and the application process through GRE preparation, meetings with different departments of the Harvard School of Public Health and other schools at Harvard University, and mock interviews. Program Details

If you are passionate about teaching high school science and/or mathematics in the United States, and are dedicated to challenging and supporting all students, the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Teaching Fellowship could help you succeed in ways you’ve never imagined.

KSTF supports passionate, dedicated teachers to thrive in the profession, lead from the classroom and become change agents in education. The KSTF five-year Fellowship, one of the most generous and comprehensive professional development programs for science and mathematics teachers, provides its Fellows access to a close, collaborative community of like-minded colleagues. Website

RISE is jointly sponsored by two of the nation’s leading public research institutions — Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). We have a vibrant campus, conveniently located only an hour from New York City and Philadelphia. We choose 20-25 outstanding college undergraduates to participate in cutting edge research in the sciences, math, and engineering under the guidance of prominent faculty mentors. An attractive financial support package includes a substantial stipend, free on-campus housing for eligible participants, and travel reimbursement.

We especially encourage you to apply if you are:
– from an economically/ educationally disadvantaged background – from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences – a first generation college student – a student who does not have opportunities for intensive research at your home university – someone who has followed a non-traditional path to college. Program Details

The Rockefeller University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to conduct laboratory research. SURF students work with leading scientists in a broad range of areas including biochemistry; structural biology and chemistry; molecular, cell and developmental biology; immunology; virology and microbiology; neuroscience; physics; and mathematical biology. Program Details

The Pittsburgh MSTP offers a 10-week summer research and professional development program for underrepresented students in the field of biomedical sciences who are interested in careers as physician scientists. The program is designed for students in their freshman, sophomore or junior years of college. Program Details