FRONTERA Summer Internship


Focusing Research on the Border Area (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 has an impact on border communities. Participants travel to the city of Nogales, visit health care facilities and public health agencies on both sides of the US-Mexico border, and 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 on the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC) poster session.

Who should apply?

  • All students must be US citizens or permanent residents, and one-year Arizona residents
  • Undergraduates who are juniors and seniors, graduate students, and post-bac students interested in medicine, nursing, and public health are all welcome to apply.
  • At a minimum, applicants should have completed one year in biology and general chemistry, and have an overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Students from rural and US-Mexico border origins, first-generation college, socio-economically disadvantaged, members of federally-recognized Native American tribes, and from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine (Hispanic, Native American, and African American) are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline February 21, 2022, APPLY NOW

Program Dates: June 6 to August 12

  • FRONTERA is a FULL-time program. Students should not seek concurrent employment that may conflict with the program schedule.
  • Students are expected to make a commitment to the program and attend all events. Trips, including some overnights, are regularly planned to the US-Mexico border area. The FRONTERA program covers travel expenses to the border area.
  • Students will require a passport for a class trip to the Mexican side of the border. As wait time for new and renewal passports has increased in past years. If you do not currently possess a passport, or if it will expire before the end of the program, please have it processed and returned prior to June 1st.
  • 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 contact Alejandra Zapien-Hidalgo, MD at