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HIV/Aging Internship Opportunities

We are offering two mentored, paid internships for Summer and Fall in either Research Methods or Research Administration with a focus on HIV and Aging for undergraduates who are interested in careers in medicine, public health, scientific research, management, and human resources.

Research Methods internships focus on a specific research project mentored by an experienced Harvard Medical School faculty mentor. This internship program will focus on evidence-based approaches for prioritizing interventions to reduce illness and death among people aging with HIV. Each intern will be paired with a specific faculty-mentor researcher (either MD or Ph.D.) from the Medical Practice Evaluation Center (MPEC) or the Center for Aging & Serious Illness (CASI) with a focus on HIV/aging-related research. Projects may include a range of different types of research methods, including epidemiology, implementation science, and simulation computer modeling. MPEC and CASI faculty mentors will break down research projects into manageable pieces that an undergraduate student could tackle on the timeline of the internship (6-8 weeks). This internship is best suited for undergraduates with an interest in pursuing a career in medicine, nursing, clinical research or healthcare, or public health.

Research Administration leverages business and management skills to support the research community, and careers in research administration offer ample opportunity for movement between institutions and scientific or medical subspecialties, as well as growth and leadership opportunities. Each intern will be paired with a specific Program Manager mentor from the Medical Practice Evaluation Center (MPEC) or the Center for Aging & Serious Illness (CASI). Then, each intern will spend 2-3 weeks with a Clinical Research Coordinator, Program Manager, and Faculty Investigator to participate in a variety of projects and work that reflect these types of careers. This internship is ideally suited for undergraduates with an interest in pursuing a career in management, public health, non-governmental organizations, health services, human resources, or research administration.

About MPEC and CASI

At MPEC, research teams use computer simulation models and cost-effectiveness analysis, as well as implementation science and epidemiology to address questions of value in global health care with a primary focus on HIV and its complications and associated conditions. CASI brings together multidisciplinary researchers (e.g., medical doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, and social workers) across Mass General Hospital and the Boston community to improve the well-being of older adults and enhance the lived experience of people with advanced illnesses to achieve health equity and to holistically shape health policy.

Compensation

The compensation offered would be in the range of $4,800 to $6,400 ($20/hour, 40 hours/week) for the 6–8 week internship duration.

What all Interns will receive:

  • An orientation program to equip interns with resources to facilitate a successful experience
  • Career mentoring sessions with MGH staff and faculty
  • Exposure to a range of research methods and approaches
  • Bidirectional feedback during and at the end of the internship
  • Opportunities to:
    • Develop professional skills necessary for clinical research.
    • Attend seminars, poster presentations, or other scientific meetings 
    • Develop technical skills, including writing, communication, and visual representation of data.
    • Network with other student interns, MGH faculty and staff.
    • Earn a letter of recommendation and mentoring support for future job opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Members of groups that are underrepresented in medicine and/or public health (URiM) as defined by the National Institutes of Health are strongly encouraged to apply. See the definition of URiM here.
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate institution.
  • Citizen or noncitizen nationals of the United States or lawfully admitted for permanent residence. 
  • Availability to attend the program in its entirety (see applicant timeline).
  • Interns who have completed a Research Administration Internship at MPEC/CASI remain eligible to participate subsequently in the Research Methods Internship (and vice versa).

How to Apply:

Apply on the MGH careers website using job ID # 3274714 (Research Administration) or job ID # 3274720 (Research Methods). When applying, please submit the following:

  • Personal Statement: 250 words describing your interests, professional goals, and past experience
  • Resume or CV
  • Contact information for two professional or academic references (Examples could include: current or former manager/supervisor from work or volunteer settings, a teacher or mentor)
  • All college transcripts. Original transcripts are preferred, although unofficial transcript copies will be accepted at the time of application (original transcripts will be required if accepted into the program).

Applicant Timeline

Summer Internship

  • Application Available: January 16, 2024
  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: April 30, 2024
  • Program Starts: June 10, 2024
  • Program Ends: August 5, 2024

Fall Internship

  • Application Available: May 1, 2024
  • Application Deadline: July 1, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 1, 2024
  • Program Starts: September 30, 2024
  • Program Ends: November 22, 2024

Contact

Please contact hivaginginternship@massgeneralbrigham.org for more information or questions.

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