The Inova Biomedical Internship in Chronic Diseases provides George Mason University undergraduate students with the opportunity to work one-on-one with medical care providers and scientists in a semester-long research program. The program is carried out in state of the art facility with mentors seeking to stimulate intellectual independence, critical and analytical thinking skills, and foster professional growth in their students. Regular scheduled laboratory and individual meetings help students get consistent and frequent guidance from the mentor. Ability to speak and interact with large number of mentors and graduate students offer a unique chance to learn and explore new career opportunities.
Five internship opportunities are available at Inova Fairfax Hospital for students to engage in a variety of the research activities that will include lab techniques like RT-PCR, ELISA, cell culture, immunohistochemistry, data analysis and scientific review writing. This is an excellent opportunity for students to 1) apply knowledge learned in textbooks to solve hypothesis driven questions, 2) enhance scientific writing and communication skills, 3) search and review scientific literature, 4) analyze, interpret and present results and 5) receive personal and professional guidance 6) present findings to scientific community through undergraduate student conferences. Participants may be afforded the terrific opportunity to become co-authors on peer reviewed literature and receive letters of recommendation.