The John A. Golden ’66 Pre-Medical Fellowships provide funding for a summer internship or research experience for highly qualified Colgate students interested in pursuing a career in human medicine. Two or more Golden Fellows will be selected each year based on academic and extracurricular achievement.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must:
- Be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior at Colgate during the summer of the internship
Have a 3.5 or greater GPA
- Have campus leadership involvement
- Have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a medical degree and a career in human medicine
Awards will support the following internship-related expenses:
- Transportation to/from the internship site
Internships Funded Through the John A. Golden '66 Pre-Medical Fellowships:
- Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
- Vanderbilt Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program, Nashville, TN
- Lighthouse International, New York, NY
- Camp Sunshine, Casco, ME
- New York Medical College & Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla, NY
- University of Pennsylvania Department of Medical Ethics, Philadelphia, PA
- Spaulding Rehabilitation Center Laboratory of Neuromodulation, Boston, MA
- Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
We strongly encourage potential applicants to speak with Career Services advisers, Colgate faculty, mentors, alumni, health care professionals and scientists to identify and pursue meaningful experiences.
Resources for exploration can be found on naviGATE
– Colgate’s online jobs and internships platform – and the Health Services Advising website
: Students do not have to have secured an internship or research role to apply, but do need to be in the process of applying to opportunities.
The application for funding through the John A. Golden '66 Pre-Medical Fellowship is found on naviGATE
. Students must have completed the Career Search Ethics workshop
to be able to apply.
All required documents must be submitted for the application to be considered complete.
March 1, 2013
Feedback from Past RecipientsGretl Lam ’12 - Summer 2011
Briefly describe your summer internship.I interned at Camp Sunshine, a camp in Casco, Maine, for children with serious diseases and their families. I worked as camp counselor, assisted the psychosocial director, and taught and supervised volunteer counselors.
How did you secure your internship?II learned about Camp Sunshine through their website, and contacted the camp director via email about an internship.
How did funding make a difference in your summer?Fellowship funding made my entire internship possible by covering travel and living expenses, as Camp Sunshine only offers unpaid internships.
What internship-related advice would you give to your Colgate peers?Don't be shy about applying for internships, contacting people, and applying for funding.
Sarah Deasy ’13 - Summer 2011
Briefly describe your summer internship.Last summer I had an internship in Dr. Sankar Adhya's lab in the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. I spent seven weeks studying the possible use of bacteriophage T4 as a cancer drug delivery agent. I learned a great deal about the workings of a non-academic laboratory, including research techniques, using equipment, writing protocols, and planning experiments. I also had the opportunity to present my findings to other researchers and interns, as well as interview researchers in different positions in order to get a feel for what a career in biomedical research is really like. I lived at a university in Washington, D.C., and was able to take advantage of the amazing historical, cultural, and intellectual sites and attractions that the city offers.
How did you secure your internship?I secured my internship with the help of another Colgate student. He was a member of the NIH off-campus study group and was asked to return during the summer to continue work on his project. I had been communicating with him during his semester at NIH and gained some understanding of the project, as well as expressed to him my interest in working at the NIH also. When it was suggested that he bring another student to help him over the summer, he offered me the job!
How did funding make a difference in your summer?Without the John A. Golden Pre-Medical Fellowship I would not have been able to participate in my summer internship. Funding was not available for me through NIH and with the costs of air travel, lodging, and food, I needed outside funding in order to go. Receiving funding from Career Services made all the difference.
What internship-related advice would you give to your Colgate peers?Looking for an internship can be a frustrating process, but don't lose hope. Explore every possible route for finding an opportunity, other Colgate students, professors, community members, internet searches, your parents, everywhere. Though most opportunities seem to come out of networking and even that makes you nervous (like it does for me), it is the best way to find a position.