PIER Internship

Pipeline Initiative for the Enrichment of Radiology




The College is proud to offer the PIER internship to first-year medical students at institutions across the U.S. This initiative began through the Commission for Women and Diversity in hopes of giving underrepresented minorities (URMs) and women an opportunity to explore the radiology specialty and engage in research.

The internship begins in June and culminates with presentation of the students’ research to the radiology section of the National Medical Association in July or August. The PIER Program provides complete scholarship and support for expenses of selected scholars for the Summer Internship and subsequent activities leading to your radiology residency application. Fifteen students have completed the internship in the last three years . Visit the application page now to find out more information.

How to apply


The PIER internship is open to first-year medical students in the U.S. Application requirements include:

  • a letter of good standing
  • resume/curriculum vitae
  • two letters of recommendation
  • a recent photo
  • ACR membership (medical students join free )

The PIER application deadline is December 31, 2019. If you need assistance with your application, please contact us at PIER@acr.org.

Apply for PIER 

Serve as a preceptor


Preceptors are an invaluable part of the PIER internship. As a preceptor, you’ll supervise a PIER Student for eight weeks; help them develop and complete a research project for presentation and publication; and expose them to radiological practice at your institution.

The PIER internship begins in June and ends in mid-July to accommodate the student’s school schedule. For more information, please see the detailed preceptor information.

Apply to be a preceptor 

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Photo gallery

See photos of our 2018 and 2019 PIER scholars
2019 PIER Scholars

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PIER Program FAQ

Who is eligible to apply for the PIER internship?
All first-year medical students in the U.S. who are in good standing are eligible to apply for the internship.

Is there flexibility with the internship dates?
There is limited flexibility, depending on your academic year start and end dates.

What happens after I submit my application?
We will review your application for completion and then reach out to your references for the letters of recommendation. Once we receive the letters, you will receive confirmation that your application is complete. After the deadline passes, you should hear back from us within two weeks to know if you’ve qualified for the next round.

How are interns matched to preceptors?
We try to accommodate our interns the best we can to match your interests and goals.