Program Overview

The goal of the DDI Research Internship / Fellowship program is to provide students with a dynamic experiential internship in preparation for a career in biomedical and clinical research by developing core practice skills.

There are many diverse diabetes research projects and initiatives at the DDI covering topics such as and T1D, T2D, Gestational Diabetes, Diabetes complications, such as childhood and adolescent obesity and diabetes clinical trials. At DDI, interns will be supervised to work specifically on one of the approved on-going research projects but also have the opportunity to gain an overview of all the research activities and surveillance conducted at the Institute.

The specific duties of each DDI intern will vary depending on his/her placement within the research units, but the following list provides an insight into the scope and breadth of the opportunities:

  • Attendance at research seminars, Journal club meetings attended by DDI staff to develop a deeper understanding of the current research projects;
  • Identification and application of research principles and practices;
  • Develop an understanding of diabetes and related complications and integrated prevention.

The DDI Research Summer Internship Program offers to accommodate 20 of interns each year as a full-time starting from morning 7.30 am to 3.00 pm.

To learn further about the offered programs:

Internship Session Timelines & Application Deadlines

The DDI offers a 2 months internship and 6 months fellowship session during the year conducted in winter and summer. The start and end dates of the internships are as follows in the timelines (see table below). The Interns can choose either one of the schedule mentioned below.

The internship begins with first week including one day orientation and introduction to the DDI research labs and core facilities, 3 days teaching sessions on lab safety and quality procedures.  And followed by rotation with Biobank, Library & Research Core Facilities.  This opportunity will enable all interns to meet their fellow interns and the research staff at the DDI Institute.

Starting from 2nd week, the interns will be assigned to join specific research unit. Upon which, he/she will be supervised by one of our scientists on a particular approved on-going research project.

Internship Session Internship Timeline Application Open Application Deadline
Summer/Winter January – February  (2 months) October 1 November 30
June- July  (2 months) March 1 March 31
Internship Session Internship Timeline Application Open Application Deadline
ANYTIME DURING THE YEAR 6 months Open 30 days before the fellowship starts

Working Hours

To ensure that the intern maximizes his/her experience at the DDI, the internship commitment is for 8 weeks as full time, and fellowship program commitment of 6 months.

The working hours between 7:30 am to 3:00 pm from Sunday to Thursday.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must complete the Internship/Fellowship Application Form and submit all documents requested before the posted deadlines. Please read the information on this page before submitting your application.

All applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and selected applicants will be notified via email. If you are applying outside the formal internship application time line, your application will be reviewed when received and our Internship Coordinator will respond to you as soon as possible.


In addition to the online application form, the Interns are required to submit the below mandatory documents:

  • GPA
  • Copy of Civil ID
  • CV (1 page)
  • Copy of HBV titer (Hepatitis report)


For questions regarding Internship program and registration, please contact the Internship Coordinator.

Dr. Veeramani Marimuthu
Dr. Veeramani MarimuthuInternship Coordinator
Phone: 22242999 Ext: 6066