The Anita Mesi General Internal Medicine Summer Internship Program


In 2018, Anita Mesi, MBA, launched the General Internal Medicine Internship program. The internship is designed to provide high school, college and graduate students with exposure and familiarity with career opportunities in the field of General Internal Medicine and academic medicine.

The internship program:

  • Provides each intern with faculty and staff mentorship that aligns with their interests
  • Provides adequate/structured oversight in a safe environment with necessary tools to perform tasks
  • Promotes diversity and an equal opportunity to be selected as an intern
  • Recruits qualified candidates, creating awareness and enthusiasm that will lead to careers in academic medicine and general internal medicine
  • Increases collaboration across all divisional programs

The following General Internal Medicine programs accept interns annually:

Patient Activated Learning System (PALS)

A novel patient education platform that is highly engaging and easily understood by individuals with low health literacy. We have ongoing research projects that test various aspects of the system, as well as opportunities to learn content development under the guidance of a research librarian. We also have ongoing content development that needs creative visuals such as GIFs, infographics, and videos.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks


Large national epidemiology cohort study with 10 years of follow-up and rigorously adjudicated outcomes. Students and trainees interested in observational research methods can be integrated into a research team and participate in studies of health disparities. Students/trainees with statistical or mathematical skills would find this project of interest.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks

Southeastern Collaboration to Improve High Blood Pressure

This large pragmatic trial is enrolling 2000 black Americans who live in the Alabama and North Carolina Black Belt regions. The trial is testing peer coaching vs. practice facilitation vs. both vs. enhanced usual care to understand which, if any, of these interventions can best improve blood pressure control.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks

Quality Improvement Academy

Students from all health disciplines (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health policy, and pre-health) with an interest in working together with a team to improve the quality and safety of patient care are encouraged to apply.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks

Home Health Aides Caring for Patients with Chronic Diseases

Students who have an interest in understanding the role of paid caregivers in patient care and healthcare delivery should apply! Research team is large and includes community-based organizations in NYC. Students will have the opportunity to conduct surveys and interviews with home health aides and patients, as well as write medical educational material (for aides) and assist with data analysis.
Duration: 12 weeks

Rheumatology and Arthritis Clinical Research Program

There is evidence that patients with rheumatoid arthritis are screened for hyperlipidemia less frequently than patients from the general population and patients with diabetes. It is important to highlight that cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death among patients with rheumatoid arthritis. At the same time, it is still unknown the quality of care that patients with rheumatoid arthritis receive in general but more specifically, those that are members of minority groups (Hispanics and Blacks). Therefore, the goal of my research program is to address public health questions related to quality of care among patients with rheumatoid arthritis. This program include work that goes from actual interventions to address these problems, to analysis of large datasets and claims data.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks

Cancer Health Services Research/Cancer Health Disparities

Research intersection of primary care and oncology with a focus on minority health disparities.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks

Research Data Analytic Group

Looking for a summer intern who is eager to learn more about the role of data in Health Services Research and population health and assist with current epidemiological and clinical research projects. The student will get exposure to secondary data sources pertaining to healthcare and population statistics from Census. Potential projects may involve statistical analysis using tools such as SAS, R and Stata. The candidate must be interested in working with data and familiarity with MS-Excel is required and exposure to any statistical software (i.e. SAS, R or Stata) is a plus.
Duration: 12 weeks

Team Dynamics and Group Decision Making in the Hospital

Diagnostic error is the leading cause of preventable medical errors and is most attributed to faulty diagnostic reasoning. In teaching hospitals, medical decision making for hospitalized patients is performed in teams of small groups of experienced clinicians and trainees. Our program investigates team dynamics and group decision making in the hospital, and seeks to identify factors that influence team functioning and the incidence of diagnostic errors.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks

Peer 2 Peer Prevention Outreach Educational Program (P2P POP)

A certificate-based program where selected youth peer leaders will get the opportunity to learn how to effectively deliver health information, foster new professional relationships and build upon their skill set as health influencers through participation in free youth development and educational activities. In addition to this, the program is designed to help networks, develop solid work experience and important interpersonal skills as well as the opportunity to be mentored by health experts.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks

COVID-19 Community Education Empowerment Program (CCEEIP)

This is a part of the Education Core of the Cornell Center for Health Equity which hosts a number of initiatives in order to nurture minority talent at all career levels. Students interested in educational programming design, implementation, and evaluation can assist the team and gain experience in academic medicine related initiatives.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks


This internship program is open to external and internal applicants in the United States.

  • Medical students
  • University/college graduates
  • Post-baccalaureate students
  • Current university/college students
  • Current high school juniors and seniors


The internship requires considerable commitment and is offered as a 6 week program and a 12 week program from June through August.


Interns not participating in other established programs will receive a modest stipend upon a successful completion of the internship program.

Important Information

  • Housing, food, and transportation expenses are not covered.
  • Candidates will be informed of their selection by early April.
  • We are unable to sponsor visas.


The General Internal Medicine Internship provided me the unique opportunity to immerse myself in a field that closely aligned with my career goals and connect with professionals who feel have the same passion. This program provided me with exposure to the field of medicine and what a career in the field would entail.

— Matthew Luebke, Cornell University, class of 2022

I was placed in the Department of Pediatrics and had a wonderful experience learning from the administrative staff and clinical faculty. In the period of just eight weeks, I learned so much about what the role of finance and operations is in academic medicine. I was also fortunate enough to experience many of the exciting initiatives within the department including the clinic integration project. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone with a business background who is interested in healthcare and medicine.

— Morgan Greifer, Northwestern University, class of 2023

After completing the twelve-week Rheumatology and Arthritis Research Program, I can say that I am grateful for the opportunity that the research team gave to form part of the team. I had a fantastic time this summer, and everyone whom I met contributed to such a delightful experience. I was able to work on my research guided by a remarkable mentor who gave me opportunities to learn and grow as a future doctor. She focused on teaching me the clinical research skills I needed to succeed in my role, but she also committed to helping me achieve my professional goals. I still have much to learn and a significant path to walk, but these experiences have set a foundation for me to use in the future.

— Madeline Torres, University of Puerto Rico, class of 2020

During my time as a GIM intern, I was able to learn about the field of public health research in deeply engaging ways, even while working remotely. This program allowed me to form lasting connections with my research team, gave me perspective on how I can contribute to the field of medicine in the future, and expanded my opportunities with valuable mentor connections. Altogether, I deeply value my time as a GIM intern and am grateful for the lessons I have learned from my team. 

— Julia Loughman, class of 2023, Tufts University

Through the GIM internship I was able to participate in the research process from start to finish, observe medical student training sessions, and gain a broader perspective on academic medicine. I developed a strong relationship with my faculty mentor that has expanded my view on what it means to practice medicine and strengthened my desire to enter the field. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in this program and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about the variety of career opportunities in Internal Medicine. 

— Karissa DiPierro, class of 2022, Cornell University

My summer experience participating in the General Internal Medicine Internship at Weill Cornell Medicine strongly reaffirmed my desire to pursue a career in medicine. By learning from and working with GIM faculty, I was able to hone my research skills and take advantage of the academic resources that a prestigious medical research institution like WCM has to offer. Through the internship, I developed an invaluable mentor relationship with a GIM faculty member, and learned how to collect and synthesize data from academic studies in order to write my first scoping literature review.

— Alex Zarska, class of 2020, Cornell University

As an intern at GIM, I learned so much about the many facets of patient care that go beyond disease. From doing research to interacting with patients, my experiences allowed me to cultivate a more well-rounded perspective on medicine. Above all, one of the most valuable aspects of the internship was the relationships that I formed with the other interns and my own team!

— Jade Pace, class of 2020, Cornell University

The General Internal Medicine Internship Program was an incredible experience for me this summer. I was able to engage in various types of interesting and challenging work on a regular basis as well as make meaningful contributions to the team. The opportunities for mentorship and professional growth are endless here and I would highly recommend this internship to future students.

— Jacob Eisner, class of 2020, Cornell University

General Internal Medicine

Monika Safford, M.D., Chief

Blake Rambo, J.D., M.B.A., Administrator
Tel: (646) 962-5900
Fax: (646) 962-0508




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