Harvard Summer Internship Opportunities

Learning in the Labs: Summer programs give students grounding in academic research


Interested in summer research at Harvard?  We have a wide range of summer programs:

  • Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) Program The Multidisciplinary International Research Training Program is a national program designed to encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral research. The program provides short-term global research training opportunities in public health for qualified undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students. Trainees get knowledge of scientific literature associated with projects, biomedical research ethics, and cultural aspects with a focus on how these aspects affect public health issues as well as scientific and medical issues. The MIRT Program is funded by The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health as part of the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program. The Harvard School of Public Health MIRT/MHIRT Program (formerly the University of Washington MIRT Program) has established linkages and training sites with academic institutions throughout the developing world, including in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Republic of Georgia, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, and Australia. Research opportunities are designed collaboratively with faculty in these institutions to address health and health disparities pertinent to their countries.
  • Center for Causal Consequences of Variation Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program at Harvard Medical School The lab of George Church (Department of Genetics) at Harvard Medical School is offering paid, 10-week summer undergraduate research internships for underrepresented students interested in research careers in genome sciences. Research Interns will participate in a variety of projects with the Center for Causal Consequences Variation (CCV), a Center for Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS), focused on the development of cutting edge methods for genomics that hold promise for significantly advancing biological and medical research.  CCV is funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and funding for these internships is through the Diversity Action Plan  (formerly Minority Action Plan) of the CCV.
  • Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Program at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) The CURE program introduces high school and college students from underrepresented populations to the world of cancer research by placing them in real research settings at local cancer research institutions. Our goal is to encourage students to pursue future careers in the biosciences — particularly cancer research — giving practical meaning to academic course work. At the same time, students make a valuable contribution to the DF/HCC research mission. By participating in a program at DF/HCC — an NCI comprehensive cancer center with more than 1000 researchers across seven Harvard institutions — students will learn from experts who are devoted to preventing, treating and curing cancer. Each year, a number of promising students are selected for this unique opportunity to expand and extend their interest in basic, clinical, or population science cancer research or nursing research.
  • FAS Center for Systems Biology Undergraduate Research Internships The Systems Biology community at Harvard invites interested undergraduates who will not have graduated by June 2013 to apply for research internships in the summer of 2013. The internship will last for ten weeks. Interns will work on research projects in the labs of the Bauer Fellows and Systems Biology faculty whose work spans many fields of science, from biology (including systems biology, biophysics, boinformatics and genomics) to applied mathematics and computation. Interns will have the opportunity to learn a range of cutting-edge genomics or bioinformatics techniques in the exciting and dynamic research environment at the FAS Center for Systems Biology and the Department for Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School.
  • Four Directions Summer Research Program at Harvard Medical School The Four Directions Summer Research Program (FDSRP) began as an idea among Native American students attending Harvard Medical School (HMS). With the help of a few devoted medical school faculty, the program was launched in 1994 with the successful enrollment of 6 students for the first summer.   The vision is simple… that a handful of talented individuals will leave Harvard Medical School with new skills, experiences, and knowledge that can be used to help themselves, their communities, and future generations of Native peoples from all of the Four Directions.
  • Harvard College Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE) PRISE is a 10-week summer residential community of undergraduates participating in research affiliated with Harvard Faculty, drawn from the entire Harvard undergraduate population. The Program seeks to create a diverse group of Fellows including but not limited to women and underrepresented minorities who are inspired by and are committed to pursuing excellence in scientific research.
  • Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Internship Program (HIP) The goal of the HSCI Internship Program (HIP) is to provide undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory, and to expose them to different professional options within the scientific arena. This is accomplished through a stem cell seminar series, a career pathways presentation, and a weekly stem cell companion course. Interns will present their summer research findings, both orally and in poster format, at the HIP Symposium – a requirement of all program participants.
  • Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP) at Harvard Medical School The Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP) is a ten-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich the pipeline of college students’ understanding of and interest in pursuing clinical and/or translational research, as well as to increase underrepresented minority and disadvantaged college student exposure to clinical/translational research.  In addition to mentored clinical/translational research experience, SCTRP students will participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty and graduate students focusing on topics such as research methodology, health disparities, ethics, career paths, and the graduate school and medical school application process. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical School programs such as career development seminars and networking dinners.
  • Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP) at Harvard Medical School SHURP is a ten-week summer research program primarily for college students belonging to groups that are under-represented in the sciences.  SHURP presently has 461 alumni from colleges across the country, over 90% of whom are continuing or planning to continue training and careers in the sciences. SHURP is one of the summer research programs participating in the Summer Research Early Identification Program of the Leadership Alliance, a consortium of 33 colleges and universities dedicated to improving the participation of historically underrepresented students in graduate education programs.
  • Summer Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health The program goal is to expose college science students (who will be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2013) 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.
  • Summer Program in Epidemiology The 4 week Summer Program in Epidemiology integrates mathematics and quantitative methods to provide students with an understanding of the skills and processes necessary to pursue a career in public health.  The breadth and scope of public health is vast and requires an interdisciplinary approach, which can encompass various fields ranging from immunology to nutrition to environmental research.
  • Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health The Summer Program is a relatively intensive 4-week program, during which qualified participants receive an interesting and enjoyable introduction to biostatistics, epidemiology and public health research. This program is designed to expose undergraduates to the use of quantitative methods for biological, environmental and medical research. The program also provides useful advice about graduate school and the application process through GRE preparation, meetings with different departments of the Harvard School of Public Health and other schools at Harvard University, and mock interviews.
  • Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH) The Program is offered for currently-enrolled undergraduates who are considering PhD careers in the humanities, social sciences and life/physical sciences, who have already had at least one summer (or equivalent term-time) of research experience, and who have taken at least one upper-level course in their field of study. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.

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