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Summer Internships in Biological Sciences in Public Health

This intensive 9 week laboratory-based biological research program is for undergraduates during the summer following their sophomore or junior  years. Up to 10 internships awarded by a competitive process.  The deadline for the 2014 Summer Program has passed, but read a story about our Summer 2014 students here.

Program Overview
The program goal is to expose college science students (who will be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2014) to the rewards of laboratory research directed toward solving important public health problems. The overall mission of our program is to recruit qualified students for graduate-level training leading to research careers in the biological sciences. Interns apply state-of-the art technology in their own research projects under the direction of a Harvard faculty member. Research projects focus on biological science questions that are important to the prevention of disease. Disease areas include infections (tuberculosis, malaria, Chagas disease), cancer, lung diseases, multifactorial, multigenic and common diseases of aging, diabetes, obesity, etc.  Scientific approaches include regulation of cell growth and gene regulation, cellular metabolism, DNA modification, cellular signaling, structure-function analyses, etc.

Visit the Biological Sciences in Public Health faculty listing for more detailed information about program faculty and their research. Note that an interest in a particular faculty member does NOT guarantee placement in his/her lab.

Program Dates:

The 2014 Summer Program runs Sunday, June 8 – Saturday, August 9, 2014.


To qualify for this Harvard School of Public Health sponsored program, applicants must meet the criteria below:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. (proof of permanent residency must be provided);
  • Applicants must be from an underrepresented group in graduate research, which includes: first generation college students (neither parent nor legal guardian has a bachelor’s degree); students from an economically disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Education (requires additional supportive documentation); students from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented, such as: blacks or African-Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders;
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or above;
  • Applicants must have a basic science background and have taken several classes beyond intro level courses;
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in public health, specifically laboratory research.

Individuals already accepted into a graduate program are ineligible to apply. 

Financial Support:

Financial support over the course of 9 weeks includes a stipend of $3,600, a travel allowance of up to $500 and free dormitory housing.

Application Part 1

Complete the online application (now closed).  Please read through all the questions in advance.  You will not have the chance to save and complete the application at a later date.

Application Part 2

In addition to the online application, you must send the supporting documentation listed below to

  • Resume or CV
  • Transcript(s): Must be sent from your institution’s Office of the Registrar.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors who can speak to your scientific capabilities (please do not submit recommendations from high school teachers or individuals who do not know you in an academic capacity). The letters can either be emailed directly from the recommender to or mailed the physical address provided below.
  • A personal statement describing your academic and professional interests, your reason for applying to the program, the insight you hope to gain, and the ways the program will influence your academic trajectory. The typed statement should be no longer than one page.

Mailing Address:

Deirdre Duckett
Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Ave; SPH2-111
Boston, MA 02115

Application Deadline:

The deadline for the 2014 Summer Program has passed.  Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than April 1.


Questions may be directed to Deirdre Duckett, Assistant Director of Administration and Academic Affairs, at