TRIPLL Summer Research Internship

Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Director: Cary Reid, MD, PhD


The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life brings together social and behavioral scientists from Cornell University’s Ithaca campus with clinical researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College to conduct cutting edge research on later life pain. TRIPLL offers an eight-week Summer Research Internship (SRI) that provides undergraduate pre-medical  and pre-health students with a multifaceted aging-related research experience. The SRI includes mentorship from Cary Reid, MD, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of TRIPLL and the Office of Geriatric Research; members of Dr. Reid’s research team provide direct supervision of the interns.

Other Internship Activities 

Interns participate in project meetings and at the end of the SRI, prepare and deliver a final presentation about their experiences. Interns have one to two clinical observation opportunities throughout the summer. In addition, interns are required to complete and submit bi-weekly journal entries to supervising staff.

The 2018 Summer Research Internship

is accepting applications until March 15, 2018. 



Pre-med (or other health-related discipline) undergraduate; interest in geriatrics and aging; interest in research

To Apply for the TRIPLL SRI:

Send resume, cover letter, and 2-3 page writing sample to Patricia Kim ( In your cover letter, make sure to discuss any past experiences in research and the reasons for your interest in the field of aging and pain in later life. Please choose a writing sample that reflects your overall writing skills; acceptable examples include research paper excerpts, reflection pieces, newspaper articles, etc.

The selected interns will receive a stipend. Students are responsible for securing their own housing in New York City.

For more information, please contact Patricia Kim:

2017 Summer Interns


Claude Eghan,     Davidson College

S. Moran

Sheila Moran,             Brown University

C. Morrison

Corey Morrison,           Brown University

M. Rothamn

 Max Rothman,    Cornell University








2016 SRI Projects:

1. Pain as the Fifth Vital Sign

This study explores the impact of the “Pain as the Fifth Vital Sign” initiative, a mandate for pain screening across clinical care settings. The study draws on existing literature and informal interviews with experts to identify areas for improvement.

2. Self-Management of Pain

This study aims to develop a formal definition of pain self-management through a combination of literature review, article abstraction, and qualitative interviews with healthcare professionals and those affected by chronic pain.

3. Pain Beliefs

This pilot study explores the prevalence of specific beliefs about pain and examines whether endorsement of one or more beliefs is associated with willingness to undergo specific treatments for pain.

For more information,  please contact Lauren Meador: