Summer Internship Program

2020 Summer Interns
2021 Summer Interns
2022 Summer Interns

The Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness Summer Internship Program is a paid opportunity that 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.

Applications for 2022 are now closed. 

Internship Dates: June – August 2022
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 2022, 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.
2. Applicants must be interested in doing research work related to the Center’s mission to build a rigorous and interdisciplinary science of positive health, happiness, and well-being with a focus on health equity, and to translate the science to influence practice and policy.
3. Prior research experience is helpful, but not required.
4. You must have a valid address in MA, NH, ME, VT, RI, CT, NY, or MD, to be eligible for a paid internship. If you live outside of these states, you would be eligible to complete an unpaid internship for course credit.

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. 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.