The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Internship program at The Hormel Institute allows interns to work with scientists on biomedical research projects. This helps students expand their knowledge of basic research and gain firsthand experience learning about equipment and techniques that are generally not available in undergraduate academic programs. 

Students are selected for the SURE internship program based on their high level of academic achievement, recommendations from academic leaders, college majors, and plans to pursue careers in science-related fields. In addition to lab experience, students participate in weekly professional development courses. At the conclusion of the internship, students will highlight their summer work and learning through a presentation and poster session.

Program benefits

  • Paid internship for 40 hours a week for 10 weeks.
  • Laboratory-based research experience under the guidance and mentorship of The Hormel Institute scientists that will allow students to apply their knowledge and skills they have acquired in an academic setting to practical hands-on professional development opportunities.
  • Deeper understanding of biomedical research.
  • Development of a research poster and presentation.
  • Opportunity to present scientific research and results at a public event.
  • Professional development opportunities outside of the laboratory setting enhance knowledge of biomedical research topics.
  • Opportunities to meet other interns and engage in fun activities to build relationships and teamwork skills.
  • Low-cost housing available

Selection of students

  • Applicant preference is given to those students entering their Junior or Senior year of undergraduate studies.

Apply by submitting:

  • An updated Resume or CV
  • Undergraduate school transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Names of 2 references, and
  • Personal essay; describing your academic and career goals, interest in science education or  health and medical research, how you will benefit from the SURE internship program, what you want to learn or accomplish from this program, any research experience you have had, if applicable, and any personal challenges you have faced that have influenced your life and/or academic career. (1 page maximum)

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

  • International undergraduate students who are attending a U.S. college or university as full-time students are eligible to apply.  We strongly urge any international student applicants to consult with trained international student advising personnel at one’s college or university before seeking any off campus opportunities.

How to Apply

Applications for the summer of 2024 are now open. You can apply by clicking here.