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iCAN’s Youth Council is the organization's North Star! iCAN turns to the Youth Council members for advice on iCAN activities. Council members are also given special opportunities to respond to sponsor activities that do not go out to the entire community. Being a member of the Youth Council is a leadership role within iCAN and a great way to meet other youth members! 

As a Youth Council member, not only will you make friends from around the world, but you will also ensure that iCAN's activities are truly steared towards what you, the youth, want!

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Ella Schaefer

iCAN Youth Council Co - Chair

Ella Schaffer is part of the class of 2027 at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She is in the Global Health Humanities Gateway program and pursuing a degree in psychology while on a pre-med track. Inspired by her childhood in Chicago, she aspires to work as a physician serving both pediatric patients and underserved populations. Ella joined iCAN seeking to understand the perspective of the patient and to gain greater insight into pediatric healthcare. Additionally, being Polish, she was drawn to iCAN’s global outreach and emphasis on collaboration among various countries. Ella looks forward to leading the Youth Council and contributing to iCAN's noble mission.

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Meghan Herrington

iCAN Youth Council Co - Chair

"Meghan Herrington is a senior in high school from Chicago, IL. She is a part of the Kids Illinois—Lurie Children’s Hospital KAB chapter, where she shares her experience with chronic illnesses to promote patient equity and improve healthcare standards. As a patient with Ulcerative Colitis and Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis, she aspires to pursue a career in pediatric medicine so she can work with and advocate for rare-disease patients like herself."

Internships, Scholarships, and Professional Opportunities
Have an opportunity you would like to share? Please email us at info@icanresearch.org

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Mi4 Summer Internship

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The Mi4 Summer Internship Program at CHOC gives students the unique opportunity to explore the future of healthcare — invaluable experience for anyone interested in or exploring the health care field. The interns learn to problem solve and create solutions unique to hospitals. Through the opportunities provided within the internship, students are immersed in several emerging areas that are relevant to the future practice of pediatric medicine:

  • genomic medicine and personalized medicine

  • regenerative medicine and stem cells

  • nanomedicine

  • robotics and robotic surgery

  • artificial intelligence and big data

  • medical devices and mobile technology

  • innovations in healthcare delivery

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Department of Defense STEM Opportunities

Ongoing

Build robots, solve real world problems, and work next to scientists at cutting edge DoD Laboratories and Centers.

Did you know that DoD STEM offers opportunities for potential students, educators, and the current workforce to work on cutting-edge projects solving real-world problems alongside DoD STEM Professionals, including scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and more! Check out the link below!

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GEORGIA BIO Emerging Leaders Network   

Ongoing

The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), a division of Georgia Bio (GaBio), is devoted to promoting networking between emerging and established professionals within the Georgia Life Sciences Community. ELN’s programs are designed to facilitate the growth and development of Georgia based biotechnology academic institutions, industries and service providers.

Become a member of ELN today and begin building lasting relationships with your peers and Georgia’s life sciences professionals. Remember: Joining ELN is easy, and it doesn’t cost a thing! Email eln@gabio.org with your first and last name, affiliation and email address. We’ll add you to our contact list and notify you of future ELN events and activities.

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NYU Medical Ethics Internship Program

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The Division of Medical Ethics offers two paid internships to provide undergraduate scholars from populations who have historically had low representation in bioethics with an immersive research experience in the field. We seek interns who have not necessarily had classroom or workplace experience in bioethics, but who have related interests and are interested in conducting academic research.

The undergraduate internships are available with our Working Group on Pediatric Gene Therapy and Medical Ethics and Working Group on Compassionate Use and Preapproval Access. Applicants can apply to one or both internships.

Please contact Cara Hunt at cara.hunt@nyulangone.org 

in May if you are interested in a fall 2022 internship with this working group.

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RAREis Scholarship Fund 2022

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The #RAREis Scholarship Fund was established in 2020 to help young adults with rare diseases to pursue their dreams through education. Thanks to the support of the #RAREis program by Horizon Therapeutics, The EveryLife Foundation is pleased to announce its third year of the #RAREis Scholarship Fund, a scholarship dedicated to the rare disease community. The #RAREis Scholarship Fund will award up to 53 $5,000 scholarships for the Fall 2022 semester. The scholarship application is open today, March 18 through April 22, 2022 at rarescholarship.org

The #RAREis Scholarship is available to applicants who are: 

  • Over the age of 17 

  • Residents of the United States 

  • Diagnosed by a physician as having any form of rare disease regardless of treatment status. Undiagnosed patients are also encouraged to apply.  

  • Must be planning to enroll full-time or part-time in undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical/trade school for the Fall 2022 semester. There is no minimum amount of credit hours to be part-time

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Free Young Professional Membership to ASCPT

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Thanks to a generous donor, ASCPT is offering a FREE membership for young adults to learn more about the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics.  This highly esteemed organization is able to help provide educational opportunities, including networking, research, and other key participatory options.  Join today!  https://www.ascpt.org/Member-Services/Member-Tools/Join-ASCPT

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Young Adult Coalition

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It is estimated that more than 30 million Americans are living with one or more rare diseases, the majority of which are diagnosed in childhood. While scientific innovation offers much promise, still more than 93% of the 7,000 known rare diseases have no FDA-approved therapy. Yet, improvements in diagnostics, clinical care, and therapeutic interventions are transforming pediatric rare diseases into ‘pediatric-onset’ rare diseases and young adults are thriving decades into adulthood. However significant gaps remain as resources to support the transition to adulthood is often overlooked, leaving individuals feeling alone or isolated. The community relies on the resources available to them to help navigate benefit eligibility, the healthcare system, securing and managing caregivers, mental and emotional support, advocacy opportunities, and the general day-to-day challenges that may arise.

Although many resources exist, opportunities for cross-collaboration do not. The Young Adult Representatives of RDLA (YARR) would like to convene partners focused on serving young adults within the rare space. The Young Adult (YA) Coalition will serve as a platform for organization awareness, collaboration and problem solving so that we can all better support young adults with rare diseases.

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Intelligence Career Pathing

Ongoing

Visit Intelligence Community Student Careers to see the many ongoing options designed to support students in their learning.  This is an ongoing program and opportunities in STEM vary.  Visit the website to learn more.  

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DUKE Star Program

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The Summer Training in Academic Research (STAR) Program provides a high-quality research experience for undergraduate students, high school students, and middle and high school teachers during the summer academic break.

Use the link below to learn more!

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Short Survey on Alopecia

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Help share your opinion on a short Alopecia survey - diagnosis NOT needed - from one of our wonderful iCAN Sponsors (our friends that help us support important programming like the 2022 iCAN Summit).  This survey has been created to help gain knowledge from our iCAN Community. 

 

We are asking that you share this survey so that youth members (and families) have time to take it.  It should take less than 20 minutes to complete.  All survey responses are due by June 15th, 2022.  

 

If you have any questions, please contact me at amyohmer@icanresearch.org. Thank you for helping our iCAN Community!   

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iCAN International Social Media Internship

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Virtual Internship, Based in Italy

Digital and social media represent an important source for gathering
and sharing information; specifically for health-related information. Early
research indicates that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the vast majority of social media users accessed science and technology content through social media. This is even more true when it comes to young people and teenagers, whose social media usage rates and the role exerted by social media platforms in their everyday life are much wider than those of the general population.

This position will provide a hands-on, participatory understanding of the global Clinical Research process, while offering further learnings in understanding global patient/provider needs, along with offering letter(s) of reference at internship completion. This internship is not paid.

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Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute Summer Internship Opportunities

Applications for Summer 2023 Open in February 2023

CHOC's MI3 is currently accepting applications for their summer internship through the end of the month. This is an amazing opportunity for college students interested in healthcare, data science and biomedical engineering fields.

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FDA Undergraduate and Graduate Opportunities

Ongoing 

The Food and Drug Administration is offering a variety of opportunities for students seeking learning and professional experience.  Click on the link below to view all open positions.  

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Undergraduate Pediatric Gene Therapy & Medical Ethics Internship

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The Pediatric Gene Therapy & Medical Ethics (PGTME) and the Compassionate Use and Preapproval Access (CUPA) working groups, housed in the NYU Grossman School of Medicine Division of Medical Ethics, are thrilled to announce our undergraduate internships for the fall 2022 semester!

Undergraduate internships provide a paid opportunity for rising juniors and seniors to be exposed to real-world medical ethics research in a fast-paced academic setting. 

 

We encourage applications from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of the NYU Langone Health community and support our commitment to access and inclusion, as we seek to support the diversification of the bioethics workforce through early exposure of students to ethical issues and careers. Previous ethics coursework/experience is not required, but applicants should have an interest in medicine, public health, bioethics, genetics/genomics, rare diseases, philosophy/history of medicine, medical decision-making, or patient advocacy. Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English and either be a US citizen or hold a working visa.

 

This is a wonderful opportunity for a student to work on a collaborative team of bioethicists, clinicians, patients and patient advocates, and members of the biopharmaceutical industry. For 10 hours per week, the intern will assist with research and administrative duties under the supervision of a working group project manager. Interns will become familiar with pertinent and real-world ethical issues and will hone their own research capabilities. Interns will also learn about potential careers and opportunities in the broader field of bioethics. 

 

Applicants should submit the following to cara.hunt@nyulangone.org by JUNE 17th @ 11:59 PM EDT:

 

1) Resume/CV

2) 1-page statement of interest

3) Writing sample of up to 4 pages (bioethics or health-related topics encouraged)

 

Please direct all questions to Cara.Hunt@nyulangone.org.

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Northwestern Mutual Internship

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Check out Northwestern Mutual's Internships.

"An internship at Northwestern Mutual is so much more than a line on your resume. With so many opportunities to learn, grow and stay with us after graduation, this is a jump start for your career.
 

While you’re here for the 10-week internship program you’ll enjoy learning from experienced professionals, plus more great perks that come along with being in a top 100 internship* program."

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Harvard Medical School's Global Clinical Scholars Research Training 2022-2023

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Harvard Medical School is currently accepting applications for their Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Certificate Program. This is an amazing opportunity spanning from January 18, 2022 to February 11, 2023.

To apply and learn more, click the link below!


Tuition assistance is offered, and early registration is recommended

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