The ASCO Oncology Summer Internship (OSI) is an immersive summer pilot program for rising second-year medical students from populations underrepresented in medicine (UIM).

OSI Program Overview

The OSI utilizes a hybrid curriculum, which ASCO and selected medical schools will deliver in collaboration. The components of the OSI are outlined below.

Virtual Education Forums: Mix of synchronous and asynchronous formats (Tuesday – Thursday)

  • All cohorts participate in these virtual activities to network across institutions and learn from national leaders in oncology.
  • ASCO develops and leads seminars.

Mentoring and Physician Shadowing (Monday – Thursday)*

  • Students shadow and meet one-on-one with local oncology professionals.
  • Institution identifies faculty, develops schedule, and determines format for their cohort’s students.

Networking & Social Events (2x per week)*

  • Builds a sense of community amongst scholars and helps them create connections with faculty, leaders in medicine, and oncology trainees in an informal setting.
  • ASCO provides funding and institution identifies and coordinates activity for their cohort’s students.

*NOTE:  Activity format (in-person vs. virtual) and feasibility of hosting these activities should be determined by the institution. To determine the feasibility of hosting any in-person events, please consider current COVID-19 circumstances in the local area and look to any local, state, and institution policies related to social distancing and hosting in-person events.

2022 Host Site Application

The 2022 ASCO OSI is scheduled for June 13 – July 8, 2022. Institutions interested in hosting the OSI must be available to implement the 4-week program during these dates.

Institution Eligibility 

Institutions interested in applying to serve as a host site for the 2022 ASCO OSI must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be an accredited MD or DO program in the United States.
  • Must have sufficient oncology faculty at the institution or in local area to provide shadowing experiences for each of their OSI students 4 days per week.
  • Must be able to implement the OSI from June 13 – July 8, 2022.
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of medicine.

Application & Selection Timeline

  • October 15 – November 15, 2021: Institutions apply to be considered as host-site for 2022 OSI  
  • Mid-November – Early January 2022: Institutions distribute interest form to their eligible first-year students
  • Late January 2022: OSI Advisory Group reviews and selects institutions based on merit of institution’s application and ability to meet student enrollment requirements.
  • Early February 2022: ASCO notifies institutions of whether they have been selected as a host-site.
  • Mid-February 2022: Students from selected host sites invited to participate in the program.

Student Experience 

The OSI is a paid, 4-week internship designed to help UIM medical students explore cancer care and oncology as a career. Students must be a rising second-year student at one of the selected OSI host sites to be considered for participation in the internship. Eligible students at OSI host sites will receive more information on how to an internship interest form from their medical school. Learn more about the student experience from five graduates of the inaugural 2021 OSI cohort in this ASCO Connection article.


The OSI is a unique, clinically-focused internship where students will have the opportunity to shadow local oncology professionals and interact with patients in outpatient clinics and hospital settings four days per week.


Students will also have the opportunity to learn from national leaders in oncology and network with other students from across the country in ASCO Virtual Education Forums (VEF) three days per week. The VEF will cover a broad range of oncology topics and provide the foundation of knowledge and skills to actively participate in the shadowing experiences.


Each week of the OSI, students will be invited to participate in social and networking events. These local events will be for the OSI students to connect with one another, oncology trainees, and leaders at their institution.

Additional Details

OSI students will receive a $5,000 salary stipend to support their participation in the experience. Graduates from the OSI also receive complimentary registration to the ASCO Annual Meeting in the year following their OSI participation as well as a $1,500 travel stipend to support their attendance.

Please contact ASCO Professional Development with questions.


This program is funded through Conquer Cancer®, the ASCO Foundation, by these generous donors:

R & D Impact Foundation

Swim Across America

The Hearst Foundation, Inc.

Truist Charitable Fund