Van Andel Institute

About Van Andel Institute

Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an agile biomedical research and education organization
that unleashes innovation to multiply impact. Established in Grand Rapids,
Michigan, by the Van Andel family, VAI collaborates around the world to advance
bold ideas in biomedicine and education. With a staff of more than 400 and a
growing network of partners, VAI studies the origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and
other diseases and translates its findings into breakthrough prevention and
treatment strategies to improve human health. The Graduate School at VAI offers a
Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology through a research-intensive,
interdisciplinary program that prepares students for successful careers as
independent investigators. VAI also is dedicated to creating classrooms where
curiosity, creativity and critical thinking thrive, offering engaging programs for K–12
students and transformative professional development and instructional tools for
teachers. Find out more about Van Andel Institute by visiting


Research biology

May 2019 Grand Rapids, MI
“Lots of experience. Awesome staff. Made connections with other research facilities”

Finance Intern

October 2018 - August 2019 Grand Rapids, MI
“The people were friendly and helpful.”
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