FRONTERA Summer Internship

The FRONTERA summer internship provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to prepare for graduate school, hands-on research experience, and an increased understanding of public health disparities in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region. 

Participants are matched with faculty mentors engaged in biomedical and public health research that impacts border communities. Participants participate in service-learning activities. Concurrently, participants develop an in-depth understanding of the pathway to medical school: including study and test-taking skills, preparations for the MCAT & GRE, and drafting a personal statement. In the final week, participants present the outcome of their research in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC) poster session.  

Who should apply?

  • All students must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Undergraduates (juniors and seniors) and recent graduate students interested in medicine, nursing, and public health are welcome to apply.
  • At a minimum, applicants should have completed one year in biology and general chemistry
  • 3.0. GPA minimum
  • Students historically underrepresented in health careers are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline March 15, 2023. APPLY NOW

Informational Session: February 21 at 7 pm 

Zoom link: 

Program Runs June 5th -August 9th 

  • It is a FULL-time program. Students should not seek concurrent employment that may conflict with the program schedule.
  • Students are expected to commit to the program and attend all events. (virtually and in-person)
  • Students will be registered in a 6-letter grade upper-division credit course or a Public Health summer internship (if you need it).


For additional information, please reach out to

Alejandra Zapien-Hidalgo, MD, MPH  


Booklet from our previous summer internship:

Article published by UAHS media in 2022: