Summer Internship Program

Applications are now closed. Congratulations to our Summer 2020 Interns!


The Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness Summer Internship Program offers training and support to a future generation of scholars interested in studying (1) the linkages between mental well-being and physical health outcomes, and (2) the translation of science related to these linkages to inform policy and practice.

Students will be placed with Center researchers and/or Science Affiliates working on projects related to the Center’s Mission.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Internship Dates: June 1 – August 7, 2020
Duration of Internship: Up to 20 hours per week for 10 weeks
Note: The dates are somewhat flexible if applicants have summer vacation plans or other commitments. Once selected, interns can work with their internship host and the Center to extend the internship beyond August 7, but the work is not to exceed 20 hours/week for 10 weeks in total.

Eligibility:
1. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at an American college or university. At this time, we are not able to accept international applicants.
2. Applicants must be interested in doing research work related to the Center’s Mission: Building a rigorous and interdisciplinary science of positive health and well-being, and translating the science to influence practice and policy.
3. Prior research experience is helpful, but not required.

Application Requirements:

    1. Application form – Download here
    2. Academic transcript – Provide a current transcript of your undergraduate or graduate work
    3. Curriculum vitae
    4. Statement of Interest (2 pages max) – Your Statement of Interest should highlight your relevant work or academic experience, what areas of research you are interested in pursuing, and what you hope to gain from this experience. This statement will be critical in placing interns with the right experience, so please be as thoughtful and specific as possible.
    5. Letter of recommendation from mentor/advisor (2 pages max, must be sent separately and directly from mentor/advisor).

Your mentor/advisor should email this letter separate from the application to centerhealthhappiness@hsph.harvard.edu on or before April 15, 2020. This must be submitted separately and directly from your mentor/advisor. It should NOT be included as part of your application!

Application Submission:

Application (with the exception of letter of recommendation) must be submitted by email to centerhealthhappiness@hsph.harvard.edu (as one single PDF document; individual documents will not be accepted) on or before April 15, 2020. Late applications will not be considered.

Internship Placements:

Working with Center Affiliate Scientists, the Center has identified intern host sites that align with the Center’s mission. The Center will match successful applicants with the most appropriate internship sites, ensuring that the needs and interests of both the Affiliate Scientist and the intern are met through the placement. It is envisioned that interns will serve in a research assistant capacity, working with the Affiliate Scientist’s group on data collection and/or data analysis. Other possible activities could include literature reviews, grant writing support, and/or the development of repositories of information.

Mentorship:

This internship will provide undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to receive mentorship and to network with peers and with researchers/scientists working in the field of positive health. The Center will schedule weekly mentorship lunch meetings for the interns with a post-doctoral research fellow. Other researchers/scientists may also be invited to attend these meetings to present on their work, research, or career path, and to answer any questions the interns may have.

Reporting Requirements:

Interns are required to submit a brief report (2 pages max) at the conclusion of their internship. Guidelines for the report will be distributed after interns are selected and placed.