Student Research and Internships

Students are encouraged to gain external experiences on- and off-campus to help them decide on a career in the health professions. Clinical and research internships help to achieve this goal, and improves a student’s ability to define and analyze a problem, and interpret results once you get them—skills that carry forward from the classroom that are critical for the medical and the health professions! Internships provide insight into a range of careers and allow our students to develop new skills that help distinguish them from other health professions applicants.

Lake Forest students gain research and professional experience through the following: 

  • Richter Scholar Summer Research (for students who have completed their first year)
  • Academic Year Internships, including LFC Loop Program internships at Feinberg School of Medicine, and Rush University, as well as those at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Summer Research Program (for students who have completed their sophomore year)
  • Lab research, independent study, or senior thesis with science faculty on campus
  • Summer Internships
  • Students can earn up to three academic credits for internships. Students become eligible to apply for academic internship credit following the completion of two years of course work, typically engaging opportunities starting with the rising junior summer. In some cases, interns may be paid but most internships are without pay. 

Student Organization

Future Health Professionals

Student Research Stories

  • Natalie Kukulka '13
    Tylenol recently awarded Natalie Kukulka ’13 a $10,000 scholarship for her devotion to academic excellence, exemplary leadership, and community engagement.
  • Chisomo Mwale 
    Chisomo Mwale ’19 received a 2018 Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience travel grant to present her senior project research on Parkinson’s disease at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting in San Diego, November 3–7.


…that a significant research experience is considered a plus for many health care programs? Consider doing research for a summer, an independent study, or a senior thesis!