Summer Student Internship Programme (SSIP)



In 2016, Te ORA, in association with PHARMAC has launched an annual
Summer Student Internship Programme (SSIP).



The Internship is a 10 week student research project and the successful student starts the internship in November.

The Summer Student Internship is open to undergraduate medical students who are current financial members of Te ORA. The internship will be offered to the Te ORA student who submits the best 1,000 word essay on a specific topic and meets the criteria set out in the application form.

Recipients of the Internship will be awarded up to $5000, paid as an educational grant; with the aim of encouraging research in the field of pharmaceuticals. The successful student will be mentored by a Te ORA clinician during their internship.

This internship includes an aspect of research about pharmaceuticals that needs to include at least one of the following:

  • barriers to accessing medicines
  • the benefits, outcomes or harm from medicines, due to the misuse, overuse or underuse of medicines
  • patient experiences of medicines or any combination of medicines

How do I apply?

Each September an invitation for applications for the SSIP will be sent out to all Te ORA Medical Student members.

Students need to submit a 1000 word essay to accompany their application form, on a topic selected by the Te ORA and PHARMAC clinical rōpu.

This year the topic is,

‘The importance of Māori health specific pharmaceuticals research’

Completed application forms and the essay need to be received by Te ORA on or before 15 October 2016.  There are no exceptions.

The Te ORA and PHARMAC clinicians’ rōpu will review the essays and select the successful candidate who will be notified by mid-November.   

The time-frame of the Summer Student Internship is late November to late February (10 weeks excluding Christmas and New Year public holidays).

The student must have submitted a final report to the Te ORA Office, consisting of a lay report and a scientific report by the end of February. 

If you have any queries please contact



Potential Research Topics for 2016

  • Diabetes & Renal;
  • Arthritis and Gout;
  • Mental health.






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