Summer Internships at Harvard for Science Undergraduates


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 underrepresented in the sciences. In addition to laboratory-based research with Harvard Medical School faculty, the program includes research and career development seminars and a peer mentoring program. Stipend, housing, and travel are provided. Administered by the Division of Medical Sciences (PhD programs office) at Harvard Medical School, SHURP is offered for currently enrolled undergraduates who are considering careers in biological or biomedical research sciences, who have already had at least one summer (or equivalent term-time) of experience in a research laboratory, and who have taken at least one upper-level biology course that includes molecular biology. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.


Four Directions Summer Research Program at Harvard Medical School

The Four Directions Summer Research Program is offered to Native American undergraduate students and is run by Native American medical student members of the Native American Health Organization at Harvard Medical School. Established in 1994, this program has hosted approximately 150 participants. The Four Directions Program welcomes applicants who are interested in becoming familiar with the medical and research community at Harvard Medical School, and who are seriously committed to helping their Native American communities. Interns engage in a wide range of research activities, work closely with advisors, and participate in career seminars about MD and PhD admissions and programs. 

Health Policy Summer Program at Harvard Medical School

The Health Policy Summer Program offers paid, mentored summer research experiences over a 10-12 week period with senior Harvard faculty in the areas of health services or health policy research to undergraduate juniors or seniors attending MARC-funded institutions, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Tribal Colleges. 


Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program 

Harvard-Amgen Scholars will conduct novel biotechnology-focused research with Harvard scientists over the course of a 10-week summer internship. While participating in the program, Amgen Scholars will live on Harvard’s Cambridge campus among the residents of the Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Village community. Interns will have the opportunity to interact closely with faculty through scholarly and pre-professional development activities including a Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series and Biotechnology Journal Club. They will also gain critical exposure to tools for effective science communication, proposal writing, and graduate school preparation, and will have opportunities to explore the Boston area through a variety of social activities and outings.  Currently enrolled undergraduates interested in pursuing a bioscience Ph.D or the M.D./Ph.D are eligible to apply, especially those from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.


Molecules, Cells, and Organisms (MCO) Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

In partnership with Harvard University's Senior Vice Provost Office for Faculty Development and Diversity and the Leadership Alliance Consortium, the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology offers a 10-week summer internship as part of its Molecules, Cells and Organisms (MCO) Training Program.  This internship introduces undergraduate students to the diverse research interests of the MCO faculty and exposes them to the wide variety of techniques and experimental approaches to important questions at the cutting edge of biology today. Interns join MCO faculty labs and participate in research projects, attend faculty lectures, work with current MCO graduate students, and take part in joint field trips with other Harvard summer programs. Students in the program live in Harvard undergraduate student housing. The program provides all research-related expenses, room and board, travel to and from the program, as well as a stipend. This internship is offered for currently-enrolled undergraduates who are considering PhD careers in the life sciences and who have already had at least one upper-level course in their field of study. 

Summer Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health

The Summer Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is a 9-week laboratory-based biological research program for undergraduates belonging to underrepresented groups during the summer following their sophomore or junior years. The program goal is to expose college science students (who will be juniors or seniors in the fall) to the rewards of laboratory research directed towards solving important public health problems such as infections (malaria, TB, parasites), cancer, lung diseases, multifactorial, multigenic and common diseases of aging, diabetes, obesity.  Scientific approaches include regulation of cell growth and gene regulation, cellular metabolism, DNA modification, cellular signaling, and structure-function analyses.  The overall mission of the program is to recruit qualified students for graduate-level training leading to research careers in the biological sciences.


 Systems Biology Summer Internship Program

The Systems Biology community at Harvard invites interested undergraduates to apply for a 10-week paid summer internship. Interns will work on research projects spanning many fields of science, from biology (including systems biology, biophysics, bioinformatics and genomics) to applied mathematics and computation. Interns will have the opportunity to learn a range of cutting-edge 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. Participants must be United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States.  Applicants from under-represented minority and economically disadvantaged groups are welcome.


Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Health

The Summer Program is an intensive 4-week introduction to biostatistics, epidemiology, and public health research. Based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, this program is designed to introduce qualified undergraduates to the use of quantitative methods for biological, environmental and medical research purposes, and to demonstrate the application of quantitative methods to the study of human health.

Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)

The goal of the SRTP program is to provide underrepresented minority students with an eight week overview of opportunities available in biomedical research and clinical medicine. Students are assigned to MGH laboratories or clinical sites where they undertake original research projects and prepare oral or written presentations of their work under the mentorship of an MGH investigator. The program is open to underrepresented minority students who have completed at least three years of college and/or first and second year medical students; no prior research experience is necessary. 

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 minority populations to the world of cancer research. Each year several students are selected for CURE internships, which are delivered via an 8-12 week full-time summer program, with the option to extend to two years. Participants are assigned individual mentors, who oversee their research and offer guidance. In addition to working on a research project, participants benefit from various program activities such as a comprehensive orientation, scientific research and professional development seminars, journal club discussions, networking and social events. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a biomedical or health-related research career.

Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Internship Program (HIP)

HIP provides an opportunity for Harvard and non-Harvard undergraduates to gain direct experience in stem cell research while working in a Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) laboratory under the supervision of an experienced researcher. Interns participate in a stem cell seminar series and a career pathways presentation, and present their summer research findings in the HIP Symposium. Candidates must express a strong interest in stem cell biology, but not necessarily have previous lab experience. Approximately 35 students are selected for 10 week internships; longer engagements may be arranged by mutual agreement. 


Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship (STARS) Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH)

The STARS internship provides underrepresented minority (URM) medical and undergraduate students with an opportunity to engage in basic, clinical and translational research projects during an 8 week summer program at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS)--with the goal of encouraging scholars to pursue advanced medical and graduate-level science training.  The focus of internship activity is participation in a research project under the supervision of a medical school faculty mentor.  Additional activities include "Research 101" education and training sessions, social networking opportunities, weekly roundtables with BWH Faculty and the Office for Multicultural Faculty Careers, and community health center/clinic shadowing.


Summer Undergraduate Program in Immunology at Harvard Medical School

The Immunology Graduate Program at Harvard Medical School offers a 10 week Summer Undergraduate Program in Immunology. This internship program provides participants with a combination of weekly lectures and laboratory work with faculty from the Immunology Graduate Program, and includes extensive interactions with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The intent of this initiative is to provide undergraduate students with an exposure to current topics in immunology. Participants from colleges in which the topic is not taught or presented in depth are especially welcome, and individuals from under-represented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to students who are in their sophomore or junior year. 

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is a mechanism for integrating a broad spectrum of undergraduates into bioengineering, materials research, nanoscience, and engineering. REU provides its interns with a coordinated, educational and dynamic research community to inspire and encourage them to continue on to graduate school. Summer research opportunities for undergraduates are arranged in conjunction with the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC), as well as other Harvard-based engineering and science entities. Professional development workshops, faculty seminars on research and ethics, and community activities are integrated into the program. Students receive a summer stipend, and housing is provided. 

Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology (BCMP) Summer Scholars Program 

The Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology (BCMP) Summer Scholars Program offers research internships to motivated science undergraduates with a strong interest in pursuing graduate studies focused on molecular mechanisms in biology.  Based at the Harvard Medical School, the program gives students the opportunity to gain experience in hands-on laboratory research; to interact with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other interns; to attend weekly presentations by department members on specific research projects and tools; and to improve presentation, writing, and communication skills.  Participating laboratories cover a broad range of basic and disease-oriented research topics using the analytical tools of biochemistry, molecular genetics, biophysics, chemical biology, and structural biology. Faculty research interests include gene expression; DNA replication, recombination, and repair; structure and function of proteins and protein-RNA complexes; virus-host cell interactions; antibiotic and natural product synthesis; computational approaches in structural biology.  For more information and application details, see the BDMP Summer Scholars internship website.


DBMI/HST Summer Institute in Biomedical Informatics

If you are an undergraduate with a strong quantitative background and interested in innovation and methodological rigor in your approach to scientific inquiry in biomedicine or in the translation of computational methods to engineering/software applications in medicine, this is the summer program for you.

The DBMI/HST Summer Institute in Biomedical Informatics, now in its eleventh year, is currently sponsored by the NIH-funded BD2K (Big Data to Knowledge) program and conducted in partnership with the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). This is a nine week program which offers a combination of didactic classroom lectures with nationally known thought leaders in all areas of biomedical informatics, a mentored research internship, and a communications tutorial.  Stipend, travel and housing in MIT dorms are provided.  Research mentors are carefully matched to student interests and expertises and are chosen from the Harvard Medical School (including the HMS teaching hospitals), Harvard School of Public Health and MIT faculties.

Our ideal candidate is an undergraduate with quantitative interests and skills who aspires to contribute to translational advances in biomedicine with a PhD or research-oriented MD or MD/PhD.  This is not a program for students seeking a summer research experience in order to enhance your competitiveness for entry to medical school.

The application cycle opens on November 1 and closes on January 31.  The program starts the second Monday in June and ends on the first Friday in August.  Contact Barbara Mawn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.


Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP) at Harvard Medical School

The Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP) is a new 10 week mentored summer research program designed to enrich the understanding of undergraduate students--especially those from under-represented minority and economically disadvantaged groups-- in clinical and/or translational research. In addition to a 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. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical School programs such as career development seminars and networking dinners. Program partici-pants are provided with housing, a stipend, and financial assistance of up to $500 toward travel expenses. Eligible candidates are undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors with U.S. citizenship. More information on the Medical School DICP website.


Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH)

Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH) is offered for currently-enrolled undergraduates who are considering Ph.D. careers in the humanities, social sciences, and life/physical sciences and who have already had at least one upper-level course in their field of study. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required. This 8 week program will be held in conjunction with the Harvard MCO, Systems Biology, and Summer School Programs, in partnership with the Harvard University's Senior Vice Provost Office for Faculty Development & Diversity (FD&D) and the Leadership Alliance Consortium. SROH interns are placed in faculty labs in Cambridge spanning fields in the life and physical sciences, and their activities include weekly faculty lectures from departments in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences (FAS), weekly group meeting discussions of student research projects, and joint field trips with other Harvard summer programs. Students in the program will live in Harvard Summer School housing. The program will provide all research and course related expenses, room and board, travel to and from the program, as well as a stipend. 

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology

The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is a 12-week research program that allows students to participate in on-going research at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. Projects focus on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global warming, hurricanes, forest harvesting, and invasive organisms. Researchers come from many disciplines, and specific studies center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, aquatic ecology, biochemistry, soil science, ecophysiology, and atmosphere-biosphere exchanges. Students work with mentors from Harvard and collaborating institutions. Responsibilities may include field sampling, laboratory studies, data analysis and scientific writing. In addition, students attend seminars given by nationally known scientists and workshops on career and graduate school preparation. At the end of the summer, students develop their research results, prepare an abstract, and present their findings at a student research symposium. The program provides room, board and a competitive stipend.