“I feel as if my character has grown in many ways while at HPN.” – Daniel Ota, Creighton University, 2017 Cohort
“My biggest takeaway from this year’s summer internship is learning how to be a better leader. … My group got the work done, we even finished slightly ahead of schedule. They had fun working with me and I had fun working with them. Learning how to be a good and effective leader is a skill that I will always carry with me.” – Jason Lau, Boston University, 2017 Cohort
“Submersing myself in this environment has equipped me with a broader knowledge about neuroscience, and has allowed me to interact with professionals of the expertise like, Dr. Carrazana… This internship has intimidated me, but in a good way… I feel as if things that are easy are not necessarily truly valued… ” – Shelby Dolim, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2017 Cohort
“I think interning at HPN has helped me to become more confident in my choices. I was surprised at how open and essentially the trust, our PI as well as the doctors put in us” – Sean Choi, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017 Cohort
“The most interesting thing I learned about Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience is that it is a community full of positive energy and caring individuals. Despite everyone’s busy schedule, every personnel from the medical assistants to the admin team to the doctors, will not hesitate to give you a warm smile and greet when you see them in the hallways… I genuinely believe it is a space where high quality people that are good at what they’re doing come together to make a difference in the community and field of neurology.” – Richard Ho, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2017 Cohort
“My character has grown both on a personal level and on a professional level as a result of my experiences at HPN. As I move forward in life and in my career I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this internship and the HPN Ohana. I know that the skills, both professional and personal, that I am taking with me will prove to be invaluable in the near and indefinite future.” – Alex Sheppard, Western Washington University, 2017 Cohort
“My biggest takeaway from this program is about the importance of working together with others. I hope to be able to participate in future summer internships at HPN as well, even as I go away for college, because the learning I’ve gained from here has been exponential, and I know there is always something new to learn. I am truly grateful that I was able to be a part of the summer internship program here at HPN, and hope to take the experience I’ve gained from it and apply it in my future steps.” – Carol Lu, accepted into Johns Hopkins University, 2017 Cohort
“I was able to see my team improve their clinical research skills and expand their knowledge in neuroscience, and I was able to humbly grow alongside them. As time passed, I also noticed my confidence levels increase. I knew I understood the project, I knew I had the skillset necessary to conduct clinical research, and I came to believe that I could serve as a team leader. And because my team and I were able to grow together as well as struggle together, my team of highly qualified individuals eventually became individuals that I could call family… However, I believe the most beautiful aspect about being a clinical researcher is that everything we do is for our patients and to make a positive impact in the world around us…” – Heather Acidera, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017 Cohort
“HPN has reinforced characteristics in me including diligence, promptness, time management, determination, collaboration, and positively affected my professional style of dress… Overall, my internship experience at HPN has been very exciting, full of opportunities, and a great learning experience.” – Dylan Lawton, Santa Clara University, 2017 Cohort
“This summer’s internship was extraordinarily fascinating. Amongst all the things that I had learnt at my time there, I have to say that my biggest takeaway is that under every well-maintained clinic there is a veritable army of people working to keep it going. It seemed surreal that a relatively small location could contain so much energy and experience… Furthermore, at HPN, I found myself working more with others under a common goal… Seeing how the clinic worked as a whole to help those with neurological problems whilst supporting research into said problems was a real eye-opening experience.” – Zarina Nip, University of California, San Diego, 2017 Cohort
Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience offers the largest neuroscience teaching facility in the state of Hawaii. Our mission is to give back, mentor and nurture the future of our Hawaii healthcare leaders. We believe in sowing seeds into the brightest young minds in our community and strive to ignite a passion for patient care as well as foster creativity. Since 2009, over 200 students have gained valuable experience through our program.
The 2017 HPN-SIP cohort included 35 students of residents, medical students, graduate and undergraduate students. In our 8-week intensive program, interns had the opportunity to interact directly with our multidisciplinary team of doctors and to experience working in a clinical setting. Additionally, interns chose a neurological “indication” to research for the duration of their time and presented their research in a Summer Symposium at the end of the program.
Applications for the 2018 program have now closed. For prospective students still interested in applying, please reference the late application below and submit as soon as possible to Catherine Chao at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who applied within the deadline will hear back by 18 MAY 2018.
Clinical Research Assistant