Summer Undergrad Programs

You don't have to be enrolled at UT Southwestern Medical Center to begin furthering a career in medicine. We offer students exciting opportunities to do research or get involved in the clinical side of medicine during summers of their undergraduate years.     

Undergrad Research Programs

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF)

The SURF Program at UT Southwestern is an intensive summer research training experience designed for students who are preparing for careers in biological research. Fellows spend 10 weeks pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty members.

Undergraduate Clinical Training

UT Southwestern offers a selection of programs for undergraduate students interested in the clinical side of medicine. 

For students who want clinical experience, three programs are offered: the Collegiate Fellows Program and the Volunteer Program, both coordinated through the Volunteer Office at Parkland Hospital; and the Student Volunteer Program, offered through Children's Health. 

  • Parkland Collegiate Fellows Program: A paid summer program for residents of Dallas County and surrounding areas. The program lasts for nine weeks starting in June.
  • Parkland Volunteer Program: Available year-round, it has no applicant restrictions. Student volunteers are scheduled at least three hours once a week on a regular schedule.
  • Children's Student Volunteer Program: Children’s Student Volunteer Program is designed to encourage students to provide volunteer support to the hospital, to learn more about health-related career opportunities, and to encourage personal responsibility. The summer program is designed specifically for teens ages 14–18 and for qualifying college students.