Research Internship


The Integrative Medicine Program of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center offers two (2) areas of research in which an intern can choose: natural products and clinical trials.

  • Natural Products Research

Interns will receive supervision, mentoring, and feedback from Peiying Yang, MS, PhD.  Assistant Professor at the Integrative Medicine Program. Interns will assist the research team with current or forthcoming pre-clinical research or clinical trials on natural products as cancer therapy or preventive approach. The goal of the project is to provide the opportunity for the intern to learn how to conduct evidence-based research in the context of natural products, cancer therapy or cancer prevention.  Interns will utilize specific methodologies in order to assess and summarize the information on the current status of anti-inflammatory or anti-angiogenic research using natural products or nutritional supplements.

  • Clinical Trials Research

Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Professor, Director of the Integrative Medicine Program, encourages and provides training and guidance to our Interns by serving as the primary program mentor. Amy Spelman, PhD, Research Program Director, provides the Interns with supervision, mentoring, and feedback. Interns are given the opportunity to experience the development and/or implementation of mind-body and acupuncture clinical trials conducted within the Integrative Medicine Program and the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine. They will be exposed to and learn all aspects of running a clinical trial, including study participant recruitment and follow-up, data collection and entry, and basic data analysis.

Appointment Criteria and Limitations

Appointments are solely for the purpose of research, and no patient care activities are permitted.  

Research Interns may attend conferences and lectures, observe clinics, the OR, and rounds, in accordance with appropriate medical staff policy.  

Research trainees may not perform a primary medical evaluation or a history and physical examination; participate in decisions concerning management of a patient; render treatment or other patient services; order tests or service; or write in the medical record.

Sessions and Application Deadlines

Integrative Medicine Program offers three (3) intern sessions per calendar year. Up to 12 interns are approved for each session. Interns work varied schedules, Monday through Friday and, usually work between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Generally, Interns are not compensated; however, some financial opportunities are available (see R25E Grant Funding Information).

Approximate Session Dates                           Application Deadline*

  • Spring:  January 1 to May 31                           September 1
  • Summer:  June 1 to August 31                       March 1
  • Fall:  September 1 to December 31              June 1

* If an education credit is required, it can take up to 120 days to process your application through the office of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's Academic and VISA Administration (AVA).

How to Apply:

• Step 1 – Submit Initial Application to the Integrative Medicine Education Committee

Interested applicants must complete the Research Intern General Information Form (doc) for review by the Integrative Medicine Education Committee. The completed form along with a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume must be submitted to Anthony Sturm, Administrative Assistant, via email at ASturm1@mdanderson.orgAll documentation must be received by the deadline for the desired session.

Step 2 – Integrative Medicine Education Committee Review

All requests will be processed within a 30-day period following the application deadline by the Integrative Medicine Education Committee. A personal and/or telephone interview with a member of the Integrative Medicine Education Committee may be required. An email confirming or denying your intern request will be sent as soon as a determination is made.

• Step 3 – AVA Review if Accepted by the Integrative Medicine Education Committee

If a candidate is selected, the applicant will receive notification along with an electronic link to AVA’s formal online application process called DISCOVER. Be prepared to provide numerous documents to AVA as part of the vetting process. The AVA can take up to 45 days to process the required paperwork or 120 days if an education credit is required.

For more information about the internship program please contact Anthony Sturm at (713) 745-3051, via email at: or via mail at the following address:

Integrative Medicine Program
MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 1416
Houston, Texas 77030, USA
Attn: Anthony Sturm