Summer Interns

NDM-Mexico Summer Internships Poster 2016

Please note that the application process for Summer 2016 has now closed. Information regarding the 2017 process will be added to this website in late 2016.

The Nuffield Department of Medicine offers opportunities for summer internships to undergraduate and Masters students from some of our key collaborating countries. We currently offer several fully-funded awards to students from Mexico. You will get the opportunity to work in a laboratory environment with an Oxford University Principal Investigator (PI) and their team in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine for a period of approximately eight weeks. You will also get the opportunity to live in Oxford – one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the UK.

Some previous interns on this scheme have gone on to successfully apply for fully-funded places on our DPhil (PhD) in Clinical Medicine programme (the NDM Prize Studentships).

Please visit our NDM Summer Internship Programme to find out more.


This year the department has several country-specific awards for internships. The awards will cover the travel and living costs for a two-month internship in a departmental research laboratory. The scholarship awarded is to the value of £3,000. Accommodation will be arranged at an Oxford college for students funded through these awards and costs will be deducted from the award and paid to the college on your behalf. The award payments will be made in regular instalments after your arrival in the UK.

Funding for students from Mexico: fully-funded internships are available for up to three students from Mexico. Students from our partner institutions are encouraged to apply and should discuss with their home institutions alternative funding options.

Please note that the number of awards available is restricted and that this is therefore a competitive application process. Fulfilling the criteria listed does not guarantee you an award.

Contact us by emailing if you have any questions about the internships or about how to apply.

We look forward to receiving your application!

NDM-Mexico Summer Interns since 2014 

2016 (yet to arrive)

Elizabeth Figueroa Juárez (John Christianson)

Francisco Rangel (Skirmantas Kriaucionis)

Javier Ríos Valencia (Arturo Reyes-Sandoval)

José Romero-López (Alison Simmons)

Jesús Ortiz Urbina (Tammie Bishop)



Omar Gabriel Torres Valencia (Christine Rollier)

Omar Gabriel Torres Valencia, Coordinador General, Sociedad de Alumnos de la Escuela Nacional de Medicina del Tecnológico de Monterrey, Sede Ciudad de México, Escuela Nacional de Medicina del Tecnológico de Monterrey

My experience in Oxford was magnificent. I had the opportunity to work at the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine under the supervision of Dr Christine Rollier. My work consisted in testing transgene expression in different adenoviral vectors in order to evaluate their efficacy to deliver vaccines. I enjoyed everything from my stay at the University: the library of St. Hilda’s College, the beautiful parks, the city, etc. I met other interns that are now some of my best friends. Right now I am beginning my clinical years as a medical student in Tec de Monterrey’s Medical School, and I am finishing my thesis project to obtain the B.A in History at UNAM (yes, I’m a double major). After I get my medical degree I am applying for my residency in surgery in the US, and hopefully, after that, I’ll go back to Oxford for the DPhil in Surgical Sciences. (You can find out more about Omar's research at Yale and Brazil here).

Melissa Elizarras Bermuda (Martin Bachmann)

Ricardo Lozano, 2015

Ricardo Lozano Reyes, B.Sc. in Biotechnology Engineering

Being part of the Summer Interns was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. I worked with Professor Reyes-Sandoval group in the construction of adenoviral vectors for the Chikungunya vaccine, which involved the use of different molecular biology techniques as well as the use of bio-informatics tools to achieve the desired results. I worked side by side with top class scientists and I also had the opportunity to participate in different workshops imparted by Oxford researchers, which helped me familiarize with new and better techniques in the area of infectious diseases. But if I have to choose the most rewarding aspect of the Summer Internship was the fact that when the program finished I was encouraged by Professor Reyes-Sandoval to apply for a postgraduate degree which eventually resulted in my acceptance in a master degree in a well-known university in the UK.


Eriko Padron-Regalado, DPhil candidate

Eriko Padrón-Regalado, DPhil student at the Jenner Institute

Before starting my DPhil at NDM I completed my B.Sc. program in Biotechnology engineering at Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico. After that, I moved to Saudi Arabia to study a master’s degree in Bioscience at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. My research was focused on the screening and identification of enteric viruses from the Hajj, the largest annual mass gatherings in the world, by applying molecular biology techniques and next-generation sequencing. I also obtained the NDM Summer Internship Award that allowed me to get involved in the application of Virus-like Particles (VLPs) as vaccination agents forPlasmodium vivax in the laboratory of Prof. Arturo Reyes-Sandoval. Currently, I am studying a DPhil in Clinical Medicine in the Jenner Institute and my research interests are in Vaccinology, Virology and Translational Medicine.

Fiona Aguilar (Arturo Reyes-Sandoval)

Fidel López-Verdugo (Skirmantas Kriaucionis)

Carlos Bonilla-Ramírez (Mads Gyrd-Hansen)