Summer Internship Program

2020 Summer Interns
2021 Summer 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. Examples of past projects include:

  • A meta-analysis on mindfulness interventions and subsequent physical activity level
  • Data cleaning, entry, and extraction for a resilience intervention study
  • A literature review on psychosocial factors to reduce physician burnout
  • Transcription of mock interviews to test a new software

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

NEW: The Center is also encouraging applicants who have interest/experience in research communications. An intern in this role would assist with communication projects for the Center, including social media and marketing.

Applications for 2021 are now closed. Learn more about the 2021 cohort

Internship Dates: June – August 2021
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 2021, but the work is not to exceed 20 hours/week for 10 weeks in total.

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. Complete the application form, which includes:

    • Statement of interest
    • Statement of research/academic experience
    • Current transcript of your undergraduate or graduate work
    • Curriculum vitae

The application form for 2021 is now closed. 

2. Letter of recommendation from mentor/advisor (2 pages max). Your mentor/advisor should email this letter separate from the application to on or before Friday, February 26, 2021. This must be submitted separately and directly from your mentor/advisor. It should NOT be included as part of your application.

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.

Logistics and Mentorship:

The Center will be responsible for the logistics associated with the internship, as well as mentorship and guidance to interns via bi-weekly meetings over the summer. These additional mentorship opportunities will provide interns with a sense of community, opportunities for connecting and networking, and professional development. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are not sure yet if this will be a paid or unpaid opportunity. In summer 2020, the Harvard hiring freeze prevented us from offering paid positions, so our ability to do so in summer 2021 will depend on whether or not this policy is still in place. If interns are unpaid, they must be able to receive course credit for their work. In addition, while we hope that interns will be able to work in person, they may need to work remotely, depending on Harvard guidance on travel and in-person work this summer. We appreciate your flexibility as we wait to see how things may change over the coming months.

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.