FIWH NDI Summer Internship Program 2018

May 30 – August 3, 2018


Online Application & Application Instructions

The application period will open on December 18, 2017. Review of complete application packages will begin on February 2, 2018.

Franciscan University is providing undergraduates the opportunity to perform basic medicinal chemistry research in support of Neglected Tropical Diseases.

View select photos of previous Summer Internships


The Franciscan Institute of World Health Neglected Diseases Initiative

This Initiative, in partnership with AbbVie for the eighth year, is coordinating, funding, and continuing to pioneer a unique medicinal chemistry learning opportunity for undergraduates. It is exclusively for educational, humanitarian, and career learning purposes. The internship takes place at AbbVie in Abbott Park, IL (halfway between Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI).

The internship is a 10 week, 40 hour/week intense experience of full-time collaborative research on Neglected Tropical Disease targets side-by-side with AbbVie Medicinal Chemists and Dr. Jeffrey Rohde, Professor of Chemistry at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Interns assume responsibility for a critical step in this global effort: they will prepare a series of new small molecules as potential novel drug therapies. Immersed in a state-of-the-art scientific environment, students will learn to conduct medicinal chemistry research, follow and evaluate experiments using spectroscopic services, record progress and results in an e-notebook, register compounds into AbbVie’s compound repository, and regularly give updates on their efforts in team meetings.

Undergraduates at the invited institutions or by invitation are eligible to apply, including seniors committed to continued higher education in the sciences and/or medicine, who have or will have successfully completed a full year of introductory organic chemistry with lab before the summer of 2018. Preference will be given to Chemistry majors. Successful interns are eligible to apply to return for up to 4 consecutive years with increasing leadership opportunities.

Each intern will receive a $2,500 stipend, plus housing and essential transportation for the summer. Interns are responsible for transportation to and from Chicago.* Housing during the summer of 2017 was at the Margarita European Inn, Evanston, IL and will be determined for 2018 once interns have been selected.

If there are any further questions, please contact  Dr. Jeffrey Rohde at


* If this responsibility is of significant concern or cause for hardship when considering applying for this internship, please contact Dr. Rohde immediately and directly at to discuss further.

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