Biomedical Research and Health Internships

The Biomedical and Health Internships offer pre-health students the opportunity to conduct research or work in a lab setting with a mentor. Interns are expected to become familiar with the research approaches used by their mentors. At the mentor’s discretion, students may: develop a specific project within the research team; have shadowing opportunities with a health professional; and interact with patients and their families through volunteer experiences.

Click on the links below to explore internship opportunities in these Biomedical and Health areas:

Eligible class years: Sophomores and Juniors

Supplemental Application Requirements for all applicants: In addition to a resume and cover letter, all Biomedical Research and Health internship applicants must submit an unofficial transcript from Workday as part of their application materials. Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded in PDF format to the online application. 

Students can apply for up to two Signature Internships across any program area. Click here for instructions about how to apply or consult our Signature Internships Website

 

Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

(Boston, MA) Confirmed for Summer 2023

Boston Children's Hospital is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric hospital. Through a long-standing collaboration between Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital, outpatient care for children is provided at Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic while neighboring Boston Children's Hospital offers inpatient care and pediatric subspecialty consultation. The two institutions function as one to provide a seamless care experience for children with cancer.

Launched under the support of Wellesley’s 13th President, H. K. Bottomly, this internship is housed in a joint program between the Pediatric Oncology Department at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH). All staff and faculty carry joint appointments with the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. This Hematology/Oncology program is among the oldest in the country and is internationally recognized for its research in pediatric blood diseases, cancer, and stem cells. 

Read about Holly Zhu ‘18 sharing an insider’s perspective from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. 

Job Title: Research Intern
Placements available: 5-6
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: In person

Job Description: The internship provides an opportunity for students to learn skills related to basic, translational and clinical research in pediatric blood diseases, cancer and stem cell biology. The Research Intern will select a faculty mentor from a list provided by the Division and will participate in basic research within this faculty’s laboratory or will participate in developing a clinical research effort. The intern and mentor will determine the specific internship goals. The intern is expected to become facile with the research approaches utilized by their mentor and, at the discretion of the mentor, may develop a specific project with a current member of the research team. The intern will be expected to attend all required training modules, laboratory meetings, and scientific seminars as directed by their mentor. Skills that you will learn and/or expand upon may include:

  • Basic research skills: Basic research is laboratory-based research of normal biological processes and the mechanisms of disease. Skills include the planning, execution, and interpretation of experiments and scientific techniques such as PCR, cell culture and gel electrophoresis.
  • Translational research skills: Translational research is research that transforms scientific discoveries arising from laboratory studies into clinical applications. Skills that you can expect to learn from participation in translational research are a combination of those learned from a basic research experience and a clinical research experience. Although translational research is patient oriented much of it is performed within the laboratory. 
  • Clinical research skills: Clinical research is the study of disease, treatment, and outcome in patients. Skills that you can expect to learn in clinical research include the design of clinical studies, managing databases, and data analysis. Sometimes a clinical research experience may involve direct interviews of patients or family members but often will not involve direct patient contact.
  • Communication and Collaboration: Interns will learn to communicate findings and project progress throughout their research. At the end of the internship, the intern will be required to develop a written report of the project and present it to the team.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Sophomores and Juniors
  • Background in science and/or scientific research is recommended 
  • Strong interest in medicine, science, and/or laboratory research
  • Willingness to participate in a collaborative environment with limited supervision at times
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Organizational and time-management skills
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Intellectual curiosity and creativity

Note: If nominated, routine vaccination series need to be current (MMR, varicella, etc) prior to internship. Interns should also plan to be available for a group orientation with other BCH/DFCI prior to beginning work with their mentor/lab. 

REQUIRED Supplemental Application Materials:
In addition to the other required application materials—Short-Answer Questions, Resume, and Cover Letter—students must submit an unofficial transcript downloaded from Workday.  

Boston College Cooperation Lab

(Newton, MA) Confirmed for Summer 2023

The summer research internship in the Cooperation Lab at Boston College employs volunteer undergraduate interns, or Research Assistants (RAs) for a 10-week program, from May 31st to August 4th. We offer positions that are designed for individuals who are interested in gaining research experience in the field of developmental psychology. RAs will receive direct supervision from the lab coordinator, Sophie Riddick, and principal investigator, Dr. Katherine McAuliffe, and will be assigned to work with a senior point person on a primary project within the lab. Ideal candidates are motivated students who are responsible, organized, curious, and detail-oriented. The internship will facilitate mentorship through lab meetings, professional development workshops, day-to-day activities, and informal social gatherings.

The Research

The Cooperation Lab is primarily interested in understanding how cooperation develops in children between the ages of 4-13. Some of the questions that we investigate in the lab are: What are the psychological mechanisms that support cooperation in humans? How do cooperative abilities develop in children? Do cooperative abilities develop similarly across different cultures? Using a variety of methods that capture people's behavior in cooperative dilemmas, we hope to better understand how cooperative behavior is sustained in humans, how it develops in children, and how it evolves.

Job Title: Research Assistant
Placements available: 2
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: In person

Job Description

Due to the population we work with, summers are a highly productive period of data collection. Students will gain hands-on experience recruiting participants; collecting, organizing, and coding data (online, in lab, and/or at public parks and museums); as well as debriefing families about the research. In addition, research assistants will attend weekly lab meetings with other undergraduates, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, the principal investigator, and lab coordinators to discuss on-going and key research in the field of psychology. We also host biweekly professional development workshops where RAs will hear first-hand information about graduate school and working in academia, gain skills in statistical software (R), and learn how to approach research questions and navigate all stages of the research process. The position is full-time (35-40 hours per week) and RAs will ideally be able to offer some evening and weekend availability. RAs will work in our lab space on the Boston College campus, which is located at 275 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT (Computational Science)

(Cambridge, MA) Confirmed for Summer 2023 

The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT is a vibrant research organization that brings together scientists from Harvard, MIT, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals, conducting leading edge research at the intersection of genomics, biomedical engineering, computational science and more. Established in 2004, the Broad played a key role in sequencing the first human genome and has since continued to be at the forefront of developing innovative high-throughput screening technologies. The mission of the Broad is centered around improving human health, accomplished by fostering an inclusive, collaborative, and stimulating environment.

Job Title: Research Intern (Computational Science)
Placements available: 1
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: In person

Job Description: The Research Intern will be mentored by Dr. Nir Hacohen and work alongside a computation scientist in the lab to formulate and execute a computational research project suitable for the 8-10 week timeframe. The topic of the research project will be related to immune system recognition of infected cells or cancer cells via presentation of self and non-self peptides on the survace of cells by HLA molecules. You will learn fundamental data science techniques such as data pre-processing, clustering, dimensionality reduction, training, and evaluating predictive machine learning models. You can read some background in these papers (search in NCBI PubMed for these paper IDs: 28228285, 31844290, 28678778). The intern may learn or expand upon the following:

  • Research & Analysis: Together with a computational mentor, learn topic background and get familiar with existing datasets and computational methods, define project, implement proposed analyses, interpret results, and refine computational approach.
  • Scientific Process & Communication: Learn how to set goals, priorities and scope; communicate progress and findings. At the end of the summer, deliver a presentaion about the research project and formulate next steps in the line of investigation.
  • Culture & Collaboration: Participate in weekly lab meetings, meet with lab members to learn about other research questions pursued in the lab, attend institute-wide seminars and events. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Sophomores and Juniors
  • Strong foundation in computer science/programming and knowledge of biology. 
  • Experience with computational analysis and programming (ideally R or Python)
  • Strong interest in applying computational approaches (such as machine learning) to health and clinical research
  • Exposure to genetics, molecular biology, and immunology is helpful, but not required

REQUIRED Supplemental Application Materials:
In addition to the other required application materials—Short-Answer Questions, Resume, and Cover Letter—students must submit an unofficial transcript downloaded from Workday.  

Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT (Experimental Science)

(Cambridge, MA) Confirmed for Summer 2023 

The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT is a vibrant research organization that brings together scientists from Harvard, MIT, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals, conducting leading edge research at the intersection of genomics, biomedical engineering, computational science and more. Established in 2004, the Broad played a key role in sequencing the first human genome and has since continued to be at the forefront of developing innovative high-throughput screening technologies. The mission of the Broad is centered around improving human health, accomplished by fostering an inclusive, collaborative, and stimulating environment.

Job Title: Research Intern (Experimental Science)
Placements available: 1
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: In person

Job Description: The Research Intern will be mentored by Dr. Nir Hacohen and work alongside a wet-lab researcher in the lab to formulate and execute a research project suitable for the 8-10 week timeframe. The topic of the research project will be developing new technologies to detect and manipulate precise subsets of immune cells and other cell types. Specifically, the focus of your work will be to expand on an enzyme-based targeting system that our lab developed by designing and implementing new versions with improved precision and/or sensitivity. You will learn to use chemical and molecular biology to tackle creative design challenges in the development of a wide-reaching technology that furthers cancer immunity and autoimmunity research and could open new therapeutic avenues. You can read some background to the field in these papers (search these DOIs on NCBI PubMed or Google Scholar): 10.1126/science.aba6527, 10.1038/s42003-022-03604-5, 10.1016/j.immuni.2018.02.010, 10.1016/j.cell.2018.10.038. The intern may learn or expand on the following:

  • Research & Analysis: Together with the researcher, the candidate will discuss and determine which previously identified or original innovations to our cell targeting technology to develop in the research period. The candidate will also learn how to critically analyze experimental data and to troubleshoot molecular biology, mammalian cell culture and analysis techniques.
  • Scientific Process & Communication: Learn how to set goals, priorities and scope; communicate progress and findings. At the end of the summer, deliver a presentation about the research project and formulate next steps in the line of investigation.
  • Culture & Collaboration: Participate in weekly lab meetings, monthly journal clubs, meet with lab members to learn about other research questions pursued in the lab, attend institute-wide seminars and events. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Sophomores and Juniors
  • Strong foundation in molecular biology with an interest in developing new technologies to study and manipulate immune pathways
  • Some experience with recombinant protein expression and/or cell culture
  • Strong interest in developing new technologies to study cancer immunity and autoimmunity
  • Familiarity with chemical biology and protein engineering will be a plus, but not necessary

REQUIRED Supplemental Application Materials:
In addition to the other required application materials—Short-Answer Questions, Resume, and Cover Letter—students must submit an unofficial transcript downloaded from Workday.  

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Walensky Lab)

(Boston, MA) Confirmed for Summer 2023

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented professionals with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

The Walensky laboratory focuses on the chemical biology of deregulated protein interactions in cancer, metabolism, and infectious diseases. Our goal is to develop and deploy an arsenal of new compounds to dissect and target pathologic protein interactions using multidisciplinary approaches that include (1) chemical and stapled peptide design, (2) rigorous biochemical, proteomic, and structural characterizations, (3) mechanistic validation in cells and mouse models, and ultimately (4) clinical translation. We emphasize mechanistic biology, including (1) canonical and non-canonical roles of BCL-2 family apoptotic proteins, (2) cancer signaling pathways, (3) high priority metabolic, bacterial and viral targets, and (4) novel helix-in-groove interactions relevant to protein structure, function, and drug development.

Job Title: Research Intern
Placements available: 1-2
Eligible Class Year: Juniors
Format: In person

Job Description: Specific research duties will include experimentation in a variety of areas spanning chemistry, biochemistry, and cell biology. Techniques could include ligand binding analyses, protein production and purification, assays on cells, purified organelles, and cell lysates. The primary area of research focus is deregulated cell death and transcriptional pathways in cancer, with a major interest in overcoming chemoresistance through the development and application of novel chemical tools and prototype therapeutics. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to Juniors
  • Interested in gaining experience as a basic science research technician to a principal investigator (PI) who serves as a physician, scientist, and educator.
  • Prior laboratory experience is preferred. The ideal candidate will intend to harness the acquired skills/experience to advance their career in medicine, science, or biotechnology. 
  • Energetic, efficient, and resourceful.
  • Other personal attributes include: high energy and upbeat multi-tasker, supremely organized with exquisite attention to detail, independent thinker and doer, exemplary written and oral communication skills, computer and technology savvy, impeccable people skills a must.

REQUIRED Supplemental Application Materials:
In addition to the other required application materials—Short-Answer Questions, Resume, and Cover Letter—students must submit an unofficial transcript downloaded from Workday. 

Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Dr. Wei's Lab)

(Boston, MA) Confirmed for Summer 2023

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is an academic medical center that serves patients from New England, across the United States and from 120 countries around the world. Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and is part of a network that includes 1,200 doctors throughout New England working across 150 outpatient practices. Research internship positions are available in the laboratory of Kevin Wei, MD PhD at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School for the opportunity to join a group studying inflammation and fibroblast biology. Their research group studies the functions stromal cells from patients using a combination of high-dimensional analyses, including single cell RNA-sequencing and spatial transcriptomics, as well as in vitro functional studies and murine models.

They recently discovered a Notch-regulated transcriptional gradient in fibroblasts, published in the journal, Nature. We have also discovered distinct populations of fibroblasts within joint tissue of rheumatoid arthritis patients, reported in Nature Communications. They work closely with the BWH Human Immunology Center and Single Cell Genomics Core to generate detailed analyses of tissue samples from patients. 

Job Title: Research Intern
Placements available: 1
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: In person

Job Description: Under general supervision by a supervisor, and in accordance with ​establishpolicies and procedures, the self-motivated individual will perform activities related to the processing and analysis of human and mouse cell and tissue samples using standard immunology and molecular biology techniques, including cell isolation and cell culture, flow cytometry, RT-PCR, and ELISA. Responsibilities also include tracking and organizing tissue and cell samples, developing analysis methods, maintaining regulatory protocols, data analysis, and preparation of presentation of data. In addition, this individual will perform a variety of routine assays and experiments in the laboratory and help in general to maintain lab organization and support laboratory staff.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities include:

1. Process samples for research, including: Processing of tissue samples and isolation of cells; Isolation and culture of immune and stromal cells from tissue specimens; Cell staining for flow cytometry, cell sorting, and mass cytometry; and Aliquot and freeze or thaw biospecimens. 

2. Perform functional analyses of stromal and immune cells: Cell stimulation for detection of surface and secreted factors by RTPCR, ELISA, flow cytometry; Functional assays; and Co-cultures of different cell types.

3. Work independently under general supervision, perform a variety of routine assays and experiments in the laboratory including (but not limited to): Short-term and long-term cell cultures requiring aseptic cell culture technique; Functional in vitro cell culture assays; ELISA; Flow cytometry; and PCR/qPCR.

4. Report on progress of work at laboratory seminars.

5. Prepare laboratory reagents, chemicals, instruments and equipment.

6. Maintain supplies inventory in accordance with laboratory and department procedures.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Sophomores and Juniors
  • Background in science and/or scientific research is recommended 
  • Strong interest in medicine, science, and/or laboratory research
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Organizational and time-management skills
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving

REQUIRED Supplemental Application Materials:
In addition to the other required application materials—Short-Answer Questions, Resume, and Cover Letter—students must submit an unofficial transcript downloaded from Workday. 

Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiovascular Research Center (Dr. Yu's Lab)

(Boston, MA) Confirmed for Summer 2023

Research internship positions are available at the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) at Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in the laboratory of Dr. Paul B. Yu.

The laboratory performs translational research with the goal of understanding how bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) and transforming growth factor-b (TGF-b) signals are translated into function by target cells, and how abnormalities of signal transduction and downstream regulation may lead to abnormal vascular cell function, pulmonary arterial hypertension, and musculoskeletal disease. This work lies at the nexus of progenitor cell biology, chemical biology, cardiovascular physiology, and experimental pharmacology. They have developed novel animal models of disease, chemical probes and experimental therapeutics geared towards understanding mechanisms of BMP and TGF-b signaling and treating vascular and musculoskeletal disease. More recently this work has incorporated computational biology and bioinformatic techniques for analyzing large datasets, or “big data.” Their work has led to novel treatment strategies and diagnostic tests that have entered clinical testing. 

Job Title: Research Intern
Placements available: 2
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: In person

Job Description: This summer internship will provide an 8-10 week exposure to biomedical research in a basic and translational cardiovascular research lab. The intern will spend this time in the Yu laboratory in the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) at Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School learning basic concepts of molecular and cell biology, histopathology, and biochemistry. The intern will be paired with a PhD trained postdoctoral fellow and a research assistant, and will learn basic molecular laboratory techniques, including PCR and quantitative PCR, western blotting, in-cell western, tissue culture, immunohistochemistry, and immunochemical techniques. The intern will be assigned a small, self-contained project using some of these techniques and applying these to address a hypothesis about cellular signaling or function. The
postdoctoral fellow will assist the intern in designing the project. The intern will present the proposal in a 20-minute slide presentation at the beginning of the summer, within the first 2 weeks of their internship. At the end of the summer, the intern will present a 20-minute slide presentation summarizing the findings of their research project. In addition to the research activities, didactic and tutorial-based learning will include
assigned reading of 10-12 relevant background manuscripts in the field, and participation in biweekly journal clubs covering recent high-profile manuscripts of special interest to the laboratory. The intern will be expected to summarize and lead discussions on 2 journal club papers to the laboratory group over the course of the summer during the journal club sessions.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Sophomores and Juniors
  • Pursuing undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or Physics
  • Highly motivated, independent with entrepreneurial spirit
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Some experience with tissue culture and molecular biology is preferred
  • Excellent organizational skills

REQUIRED Supplemental Application Materials:
In addition to the other required application materials—Short-Answer Questions, Resume, and Cover Letter—students must submit an unofficial transcript downloaded from Workday. 

Rush University Medical Center, Community Health Equity

(Chicago, IL) Confirmed for Summer 2023

Rush University Medical Center is a 676-bed academic medical center that includes hospital facilities for adults and children. In addition to patient care, education and research, RUMC stays connected to the local community through the efforts of its students, faculty, and staff. These efforts include health outreach projects in which RUMC collaborates with neighborhood clinics, churches, schools and other organizations to provide health screenings and health information for underserved children and adults. At RUMC, the intern will have the opportunity to work with mentor David Ansell, MD MPH and his team. Dr. Ansell is Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity at RUMC and Associate Provost for Community Affairs at Rush University. He is an internal medicine physician, activist, and author. His recent book, The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills was published in 2017 (with the help of past Wellesley interns!). 

Dr. Ansell leads a wide-array of community-based health initiatives focused on the health of Chicago’s uninsured patient population. Dr. Ansell and his team work closely with the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, which he helped establish, to decrease health disparities between white and black women in Chicago. The goal of this work is to decrease the disparity by improving the quality of breast cancer screening and care for minority women in the Chicago area. He also works with advocates fighting for organ transplantations for the uninsured.

Learn more about Ika Kovacikova ‘14 and how she found her way to medical school following her internship with Rush.

Job Title: Community Health Equity Interns
Placements available: 2
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores
Format: In person

Job Description: Community Health Equity Interns will support Dr. Ansell‘s team in their work to address issues related to health care access and health disparity reduction. The intern may learn and/or expand upon the following: 

  • Collaboration & the Liberal Arts Approach: Diverse opportunities to be engaged in health and public health, non-profits, community outreach, political advocacy, etc. Throughout the summer, the interns will work alongside Dr. Ansell, RUMC internal medicine faculty, medical staff, community members, and other summer undergraduate interns. 
  • Research & Communication: Support a wide spectrum of projects that range from collaborating on manuscript preparation to interfacing with research participants and community partners in the field. Each intern will work with Dr. Ansell to develop a work plan that outlines goals, anticipated timeline, and final internship products. At the end of the internship, each intern will deliver a presentation about their research and experience.
  • Clinical Exposure: Interns will participate in regular research team meetings and have the opportunity to attend institution-wide conferences, lectures, and trainings.They also have the opportunity to shadow Dr. Ansell in his own primary care practice and at a free-clinic.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Sophomores preferred.
  • Strong research and writing skills required.
  • Flexible, comfortable working independently and taking initiative
  • Ability to work fluidly and competently in racially/ethnically diverse communities
  • A background/perspective in social sciences, particularly in urban studies, is helpful but not required.

REQUIRED Supplemental Application Materials:
In addition to the other required application materials—Short-Answer Questions, Resume, and Cover Letter—students must submit an unofficial transcript downloaded from Workday.  

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

(Boston, MA) Confirmed for Summer 2023

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH) Summer Internship Program provides clinical and research training opportunities for students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate level programs in neuropsychology, clinical psychology, health and rehabilitation sciences, neuroscience, and medicine. The program is designed to expose the intern to a broad range of clinical and research activities involving persons with moderate to severe acquired brain injury. Available clinical and research opportunities include, 1) the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network (SRN) Comprehensive Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program, 2) the SRN Disorders of Consciousness Program (located at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital- Charlestown and Spaulding Hospital Cambridge), 3) the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Program, a federally-funded research program focused on persons with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, and 4) the SRN COVID-19 Post-acute Care Longitudinal Follow-up Study.

Job Title: Research Intern
Placements available: 2
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: In person

Job Description: Interns are primarily responsible for assisting clinical and research staff with the collation, curation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data concerning cognitive, linguistic and motor function. Some activities may involve direct patient contact. Interns will receive individual and group supervision, have the opportunity to attend research team meetings, and participate in a variety of continuing education activities as desired. 

Interns will assist staff in a wide variety of study activities. These duties may include:

  • Screening potentially eligible subjects using electronic medical records
  • Communicating with physicians, therapists, case managers, and other clinical staff concerning study activities
  • Administering self-report measures, standardized interviews and neuropsychological tests to study participants
  • Recruitment/enrollment and study milestone tracking
  • Assisting with database management and data curation
  • Abstracting data from the electronic medical record
  • Assisting with IRB amendments and continuing reviews
  • Assisting with preparation of recruitment materials
  • Preparing agendas and minutes for meetings
  • Assisting with development and updating of internal standard operating procedure documents
  • Assisting with literature reviews, preparing and analyzing data, and developing PowerPoint presentations
  • Engagement activities (e.g. preparing newsletters, participant birthday cards, social media, website development)
  • Opportunity to coauthor manuscripts and professional presentations

Time commitment:  Interns are expected to commit 32-40 hours per week for 8-10 weeks.

REQUIRED Supplemental Application Materials:
In addition to the other required application materials—Short-Answer Questions, Resume, and Cover Letter—students must submit an unofficial transcript downloaded from Workday. 

Tufts Medical Center

(Boston, MA) Confirmed for Summer 2023

Tufts Medical Center is a major academic hospital that serves a disproportionate share of low-income, disabled, elderly and non-English speaking patients in the Boston metropolitan area. The internship is in the Department of Dermatology and is overseen by Dr. Michelle Nguyen, the Director of Dermatologic Surgery, who specializes in high-risk skin cancers, and policy and economics research as related to skin cancer care. 

Dr. Nguyen has worked and published with several Wellesley students from prior internships. Read about Lumi Kinjo ’19 and her experience with Dr. Nguyen in 2017.

Job Title: Research Intern
Placements available: 1
Eligible Class Year: Juniors
Format: In-person or Hybrid

Job Description: The Research Intern will work one-on-one with Dr. Nguyen to develop their own research project relating to skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. The project will be tailored to suit the individual intern's clinical interests, areas of desired professional growth and existing skill sets and capabilities. The goal of the internship is to provide the intern with the opportunity to formulate a scientific question, design a study, conduct data collection and analysis, and write and submit a manuscript on a well defined and feasible project. Examples of prior projects include systematic review on use of artificial intelligence technology in diagnosis melanoma and atypical mole, impact of Tylenol and oral carbohydrate drinks on sense of well being in patients undergoing skin cancer surgery, management of abnormal moles in the elderly population, and impact of medicaid expansion on diagnosis and outcome of melanoma. Skills that you will learn and/or expand upon may include: 

  • Teamwork & Intercultural Fluency: Engage in other clinical and research activities alongside diverse patient communities and hospital teams including nurses, medical assistants, surgical technicians, residents, and administrative assistants.
  • Critical Thinking & Analysis: Review medical charts and perform basic biostatistics relating to the project. Regularly revisit ideas, seek new information when necessary, and reconsider and refine the research questions or approaches.
  • Clinical Observation: Learn about surgical management of skin cancer through shadowing physicians in the dermatologic surgery clinic of their assigned institution (25% of total internship hours). Gain a deeper understanding of the clinical environment and career demands of a physician-researcher.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Juniors only
  • Strong interest in medicine and science 
  • Strong work ethnic and reliability
  • Self-motivated and independent
  • Strong attention to details
  • Familiarity with statistical software (e.g. SAS, Stata) and prior experience with clinical care/trials are appreciated but not required

REQUIRED Supplemental Application Materials:
In addition to the other required application materials—Short-Answer Questions, Resume, and Cover Letter—students must submit an unofficial transcript downloaded from Workday.  

Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jamaica Plain

(Boston, MA) Confirmed for Summer 2023

The VA Boston Healthcare System is a major academic hospital that serves veteran patients in the Boston
area. The summer internship is in the Research Department at the Jamaica Plain campus (The VA is located
on the E branch of the green line and on bus route 39). The internship is overseen by Dr. David Sparrow, who
is the principal investigator for two ongoing clinical trials in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Job Title: Research Intern (clinical trials)
Placements available: 1-2
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: In person

Job description: You will work closely with the Principal Investigator and Study Coordinator on two ongoing clinical trials in patient with Parkinson’s disease. Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Perform measurements and collect medical data on veteran patients
  • Administer questionnaires
  • Assist with the delivery of exercise interventions
  • Assist with the development of study educational materials and handouts
  • Perform data management
  • Provide support for research staff

All training will be provided.  This position offers clinical research experience for students interested in pursuing a clinical career (e.g., medical school).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Sophomores and Juniors
  • Background in science and/or scientific research is recommended 
  • Strong interest in medicine and/or clinical research
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Organizational and time-management skills
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving

REQUIRED Supplemental Application Materials:
In addition to the other required application materials—Short-Answer Questions, Resume, and Cover Letter—students must submit an unofficial transcript downloaded from Workday.  

Recent Program Interns

2022

  • Adelle Wang '24, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Alicia Padilla Aguilar '24, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Amelia Stone '23, Boston Children’s Hospital & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
  • Arina Zadvornaya '24, Brigham & Women's Hospital (Yu Lab), Boston, MA
  • Claire Bialek '23, Boston Children’s Hospital & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
  • Clara Brotzen-Smith '23, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
  • Ella Chung '23, Boston Children’s Hospital & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
  • Elli DeCleene '24, Boston Children’s Hospital & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
  • Giulia Trevellin '24, Boston Children’s Hospital & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
  • Jasmine Ji '24, Brigham & Women's Hospital (Wei Lab), Boston MA
  • Jocelyn Andrews '24, The Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA
  • Kayley Wang '24, The Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA
  • Lorelai Pop '23, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
  • Melina Lawton '24, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Rahaf Zaza '24, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Summer Chen '24, Brigham & Women's Hospital (Yu Lab), Boston, MA
  • Tessy Teboh '24, Boston Children’s Hospital & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

2021

  • Aditi Kannan, ‘22, Boston Children’s Hospital & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
  • Alexindra Wheeler, ‘23, Boston Children’s Hospital & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
  • Alyson Wang, ‘23, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Bilikisu Ayeni, ‘23, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Ellie Gibbs, ‘22, Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Emma Anghel, ‘23, Boston Children's Hospital/Dana-Farber, Boston, MA
  • Erika Guo, ‘23, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Hannah Ryu, ‘23, Boston Children's Hospital/Dana-Farber, Boston, MA
  • Rocio Harvey, ‘22, Boston Children's Hospital/Dana-Farber, Boston, MA
  • Zaria Bunn, ‘23, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

2020

  • Dara Duan '22, Tufts Medical Center & Boston Medical Center, Department of Dermatology, Boston, MA
  • Elizabeth Mason '21, Tufts Medical Center & Boston Medical Center, Department of Dermatology, Boston, MA
  • Jessie Huang '21, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Lucinda Li '22, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Riley Choi '22, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

2019

  • Aliyah Audil '20, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Cecilia Barreto '20, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Chi Trinh '20, Northwestern University, Ann & Robert Lurie Hospital, Children's Research Institute, Chicago, IL
  • Connie Chao '21, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Hanamei Shao '21, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Hannah Klim '20, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Ifunanya Nwolah '21, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Leila Mahdavi '21, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston , MA
  • Maya Weber '20, Tufts Medical Center & Boston Medical Center, Department of Dermatology, Boston , MA
  • Michelle Shui '21, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Nina Sachdev '21, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Sue Lee '20, Tufts Medical Center & Boston Medical Center, Department of Dermatology, Boston, MA

2018

  • Subha Baniya ’19, Boston Children’s Hospital & Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Scarlett Cheon ’19, Boston Children’s Hospital & Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Amy Hsu ’19, Tufts Medical Center, Department of Dermatology
  • Justine Hsu ’19, Boston Children’s Hospital & Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Rachel Kim ’19, Boston Children’s Hospital & Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Maia Lee ’20, Boston Children’s Hospital & Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Victoria Liu ’19, Northwestern University, Ann & Robert Lurie Hospital, Children’s Research Center
  • Georgia Marquez-Grap ’20, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Rheumatology, Immunology, and Allergy
  • Marie Tan ’21, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Chi Trinh ’20, Boston Children’s Hospital & Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Jennifer Yu ’19, Tufts Medical Center, Department of Dermatology

2017

  • Anran (Annie) Li ’18, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Duong T. Doan ’19, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Paige A. Hauke ’19, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Lumi Kinjo ’19, Tufts Medical Center - Department of Dermatology, Boston, MA
  • Sarah S. Moinuddeen ’19, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Charlotte R. Reed ’19, Brigham and Women’s Hospital - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Boston, MA
  • Hope C. Schneider ’18, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Mayla C. Thompson ’19, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Cindy Y. Zhou ’20, Brigham and Women's Hospital - Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy, Boston, MA

2016

  • Genevieve Y. Huang ’18, Tufts Medical Center, Department of Dermatology, Boston, MA
  • Hope C. Schneider ’18, Tufts Medical Center, Department of Dermatology, Boston, MA
  • Emily Loucks ’17, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Loren Walensky Laboratory, Boston, MA
  • Eliana Marostica ’18, Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center, Lindsay Frazier Laboratory (Rare Tumors Program), Boston, MA
  • Gwendolyn Towers ’17, Boston Children’s Hospital, Akiko Shimamura Laboratory (Bone Marrow Failure and Myelodysplastic Syndrome Program), Boston, MA
  • Filia M. van Dessel ’17, Boston Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Boston, MA
  • Ronghao Zhou ’17, Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, MA
  • Haoling (Holly) Zhu ’18, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Anthony Letai Laboratory, Boston, MA