Applying to Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) Chances?

<p>I am a freshman in college and want to apply for this summer internship program. I want to apply for Columbia's SMDEP program. Would I be at a disadvantage because I'm a freshman? Also, would this program be more competitive because it's at an ivy league institution and everyone would want to apply? Would putting lesser known institutions be easier to get into? Let me know what you guys think. Thanks!</p>