Summer Internships in Biological Sciences in Public Health

Students chatting in the School's lobbyThis intensive 8 week laboratory-based biological research program is for undergraduates during the summer following their sophomore or junior years. Up to 10 internships are awarded by a competitive process. The internship culminates with a Poster Session during the final week where the interns present data in regards to the project they have been working on during the summer.

The 2022 Summer Intern Program Application is now closed.

Please note: We plan to run an in-person program in summer 2022 unless COVID-19 related restrictions require us to modify plans. If the internship is conducted remotely, staff will contact admitted students to discuss remote options, including a virtual project with our faculty

Program Overview
The program goal is to expose college science students (who will be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2022) 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 or review our Diseases page to faculty-disease affiliations. Note that an interest in a particular faculty member does NOT guarantee placement in his/her lab.

Program Dates:

The 2022 Summer Intern Program runs from Monday, June 6th – Friday, July 29th, 2022.


To qualify for this Harvard T.H. Chan 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 be undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior years when applying
  • 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

If you find that you are not eligible for our summer program, please review the HILS website for other summer programs for which you might be eligible.

Financial Support:

Financial support over the course of 8 weeks includes a stipend of $3,600, a travel allowance of up to $500 and free dormitory housing.

2022 Application Part 1

Complete the online application.  Please read through all the questions in advance and also make sure to read the directions on the application on how to save your application and return to it later, should you need to do this.

2022 Application Part 2

In addition to the online application, you must include the supporting documentation (in PDF format) listed below:

  1. Official Transcript(s): Please see application for more detailed information regarding the submission of transcripts.
  2. 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).  Emails will be sent out to professors directly, using the contact information given, with a link to upload documents into the online application on behalf of each candidate.

Mailing Address:

BPH Summer Intern Program
BPH Program Coordinator
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
655 Huntington Ave; SPH2-119
Boston, MA 02115

Application Deadline:

The deadline for the 2022 Summer Intern Program is February 25th, 2022. All application materials must be in by this date and time. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by mid-March.


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Real World Impact:

Past Summer Intern participants, Erika Espinosa and Aidaliz Llorens, present their summer project posters at the 2014 ABRCMS, one of the largest professional conferences for underrepresented minority students and students with disabilities.