Pre-Veterinary Internship & Research Fellowship

The Pre-Veterinary Internship & Research Fellowship (P-VIRF) will support University of Miami (UM) undergraduates on the pre-veterinary track with mentoring, experiential learning opportunities, and professional networking. Our overall goal is to provide pre-vet students with enrichment that will better prepare them for veterinary school and as future veterinarians.
Pre Vet Dinner February 2024

Program Overview

The Pre-Vet Fellowship seeks to provide funding for UM undergraduate students on the pre-veterinary track in pursuing experiential learning opportunities to enrich their academic & professional development. Selected students will be provided with a $7,000 stipend to pursue experiential learning opportunities within the broad veterinary medical field for ten weeks during the summer.

Examples of experiential learning considered for funding include: research, fieldwork, practicums, service learning and clinical internships. The stipend can cover food, lodging, transportation, and other incidental expenses. P-VIRF will be administered by the College of Arts & Sciences through its "Beyond the Books" Program.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Currently enrolled and a full-time degree-seeking UM undergraduate
  • Preference given to students in the College of Arts and Sciences 
  • Returning the fall semester after this summer internship (graduating seniors are not eligible)  
  • In good standing with the university and cannot be under any judicial sanctions
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Have an open file with the Office of Pre-Health Advising and Mentoring

Fellowship Qualifications

Examples of experiential learning that are eligible for funding include:

  • Animal Experience – any activity that allows the participant to gain hands-on experience working with animals. (This does not include personal family pets)
    • 4-H animal projects 
    • Livestock farms 
    • Humane societies  
    • Zoos 
    • Kennel work  
    • Racetracks
    • Aquariums 
  • Veterinary Clinical Experience – activities or tasks supervised by a veterinarian 
  • Research Experience – animal and veterinary research as well as other fields and/or laboratory-based research.  


Fellowship requirements include:  

  • Located in the United States 
  • Ten week full-time position averaging 40 hours each week
  • Organization must provide mentorship from a subject expert in a related field
    • Organizations owned or run by a member of the applicant's immediate family will not be considered

Funding is limited to support expenses related directly to the student’s fellowship such as lodging, transportation, food, travel, and other incidentals.

At the end of the experience, students will submit a 3-5 page essay reflecting on their fellowship. Students are advised to document their experience including dates, time spent, types of activities, and who supervised the project. There should be a self-assessment of accomplishments and how they aligned with the goals of the project. What were the lessons learned? If some of the proposed activities did not go as expected that should be reported as well. If appropriate, submit ancillary materials such as videos and photos.

Application Timeline

Dates Event
January 31 Application Opens
April 1 Application Due
April 15 Funding Notifications Released
May 1 Deadline to Accept Funding
May - August Complete Fellowship
Second Week of August Reflection Due


Fellowship Information Supporting Documentation
Position Title Itemized Budget with Justifications
Organization Name Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Sponsor Title and Contact Information Offer Letter from Organization
Location (City, State) Essay*
Start and End Dates
Brief Description of Opportunity

 *Essay should address the following questions:

  • How does the Pre-Vet Fellowship align with your career goals? 
  • How will this fellowship connect with your educational experience at UM?
  • What are three goals or objectives you wish to accomplish during your fellowship?

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Program Contact

Millennia Munguia

Program Coordinator

Phone 305-284-2666
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