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HIV/Aging Internship Opportunities

We are offering two mentored, paid internships for Summer and Fall. These internships will focus on HIV and Aging and are open to undergraduates who are interested in careers in medicine, public health, research administration, management, or human resources. We aim to offer valuable opportunities for individuals who are underrepresented in medicine and public health to make meaningful contributions to HIV and Aging research. Choose between two tracks: Research Administration and Research Methods.

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. This internship is best suited for undergraduates with an interest in pursuing a career in medicine, nursing, clinical research, 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.


  • $20/hour (15-20 hours weekly)

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:
    1. Develop professional skills necessary for clinical research.
    2. Attend seminars, poster presentations, or other scientific meetings. 
    3. Develop technical skills, including writing, communication, and visual representation of data.
    4. Network with other student interns, MGH faculty and staff.
    5. Earn a letter of recommendation and mentoring support for future job opportunities.

Schedule Summary:

  • This paid part-time position will be conducted in a standard office setting, requiring a commitment of 15 to 20 hours per week for 12 to 18 weeks. It’s a hybrid role, with the expectation that most hours will be spent working in person.
  • Flexible scheduling for these hybrid hours is available, and we’re open to discussing arrangements to accommodate individual needs. However, our preference is for the hours to align with the standard workday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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 #3288220 (Research Administration) or job ID # 3288222 (Research Methods). When applying, please submit the following:

  • Personal Statement: 250 words describing your interests, professional goals, and past experiences.
  • 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).

Please note that we expect interns to be local and working at our Boston location. Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to provide relocation or housing sponsorship for this internship.

Applicant Timeline

Fall Internship

  • Application Available: May 1, 2024
  • Application Deadline: July 1, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 1, 2024
  • Program Starts: September 30, 2024
  • Program End: December 23, 2024


Please contact for more information or questions.