HGHI Summer Research and Internships Program

The Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) offers returning Harvard undergraduates in good standing the opportunity to participate in paid summer research and internship placements on the Harvard campus as well as across the world. These opportunities are a minimum of eight weeks long and connect classroom knowledge and skills to the complex issues in the field. They range from placements in laboratories and research groups, to field work with hospitals and community health clinics, to office-based internships with NGOs and international organizations. Students may also apply to HGHI for funding for their own projects or internships. There are four categories of opportunities within the program: SURGH, ISURGH, DGHI, and Independent Funding. You can read more about each category below.

Funding for Independent Projects and Internships

HGHI provides limited funding for several independent, student-arranged research projects and internships each summer. This funding may be applied towards a faculty-mentored project in health research or towards an internship at a health-focused organization. Proposals can be made for domestic or international work, and funding for travel and living expenses would be assessed accordingly. Unfortunately HGHI cannot cover the summer savings requirement for students who are on financial aid. An example of an independent project would be examining the impact of mobile clinics and electronic health records on the quality of maternal health care in Tanzania. An examples of a student-arranged internship would be working with a service-learning program.

 

The deadline to apply is: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Please see the Application Instructions for further details. Students who have applied, but have not yet been accepted, to an outside organization should still apply for funding from HGHI before the application deadline. Funding can be awarded contingent upon acceptance.

International Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Health

I-SURGH (International Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Health) internships offer students the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge global health research in an international setting. Throughout the summer, students work with a Harvard faculty member or affiliate on their research projects and have a local mentor who supervises their daily work.

Students in I-SURGH receive a stipend to cover travel costs to and from their site, living expenses, and local transportation. Unfortunately HGHI cannot cover the summer savings requirement for I-SURGH students who are on financial aid. While all returning Harvard College undergraduates are eligible to apply, preference is given to sophomores and juniors. The deadline to apply is: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Please see the Application Instructions for further details.

Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Health (SURGH)

SURGH (Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Health) internships offer students the opportunity to research critical issues in global health under the direction of a Harvard faculty or affiliate mentor while living on-campus. Throughout the summer, participants in SURGH attend weekly small group seminars on Global Health topics and have the opportunity to interact with students in the other on-campus research programs as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Village (PRISE, BLISS, PRIMO, and SHARP). SURGH participants should be enthusiastic about participating in a residential community of research scholars, and House tutors and deans are asked for input on candidates during the selection process. At the end of the program, students presents their research findings at a poster session.

Students in SURGH receive meals, housing in the Harvard Undergraduate Research Village, and a stipend for living expenses. The summer savings requirement is also provided for students who are on financial aid. All returning undergraduate students are welcome to apply. The deadline to apply is: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Please see the Application Instructions for further details.

Domestic & Global Health Internships (DGHI)

DGHI (Domestic & Global health Internships) offer students the opportunity to work with nonprofits, NGOs, and other organizations on the cutting edge of global health and health policy. Some internships are field-based, while others are office-based. Sites can also be domestic or international.

Students in DGHI receive a stipend to cover travel expenses to and from their site, living expenses, and local transportation. Unfortunately HGHI cannot cover the summer savings requirement for students who are on financial aid. All returning Harvard College undergraduates are eligible to apply for DGHI internships, but preference is often given to sophomores and juniors. The deadline to apply is: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Please see the Application Instructions for further details.

2017 Summer Internships (click each category to expand)

SURGH

101. Betancourt Lab, Harvard

Interns with The Research Program on Children and Global Adversity (RPCGA) at the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health will contribute to supporting data collection, management, and analysis of three ongoing intervention projects related to resilience and mental health for children, youth, and families affected by adversity.

102. Harvard University Center for AIDS Research, Harvard

*Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for this in addition to three others.

The mission of the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (HU CFAR) is to expand, promote, and facilitate collaborative, multidisciplinary activities in HIV/AIDS research, education and training among CFAR members and associate members throughout the University, in order to help end the AIDS pandemic. 

103. Duraisingh Lab, Harvard

The Duraisingh Laboratory studies the biology and pathogenesis of human malaria using molecular, genetic and cell biological approaches. Specifically, we are interested in the mechanism by which the malaria parasite invades red blood cells, the regulation of parasite virulence genes by epigenetic mechanisms, and the effect of red blood cell variation on malaria infection.

104. Essex Lab, Harvard

The Essex Laboratory conducts research on the virology, immunobiology, and molecular epidemiology of HIV-1 viruses. The research is oriented to the evolution of new viruses, both circulating recombinant forms and variants that emerge by accumulation of mutations. The studies are usually linked to questions of prevention, disease pathogenesis, drug efficacy, and transmission efficiency. These topics are addressed with particular emphasis on the HIV-1C epidemic in southern Africa, and tied to our clinical studies in Botswana.

105. Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston

Join the most cutting-edge team at Boston Children’s Hospital, the top-ranked pediatric hospital and world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center. Headed by Chief Innovation Officer Dr. John Brownstein of Harvard Medical School and Jean Mixer, VP of Strategy and Digital Health formerly of the Boston Consulting Group, our team focuses on getting things done and offers a distinctly start-up environment within a renowned academic institution.

106. International Quality Improvement Collaborative, Boston

Congenital anomalies are the eighth leading cause of death in children in low- and middle-income countries; globally, as few as 7% of children with congenital heart disease have access to cardiac surgery. A significant problem faced by healthcare professionals in the developing world is the lack of benchmarking data for purposes of evaluating performance of their congenital heart surgery programs and guiding quality improvement efforts.

107. Kwon Lab, Harvard

The Kwon Laboratory is focused on applying new technologies to the study of immune responses against HIV at mucosal surfaces. Mucosal surfaces- such as those that line your lung, gut, and reproductive tract- represent both the primary site of HIV transmission and the largest reservoir of viral replication. We are employing new technologies such as next-generation sequencing, single cell nanoarrays, and time-of-flight cytometry to simultaneously capture multiple measures of viral, metagenomic, and adaptive immune factors important for HIV immunity and pathogenesis.

108. Lesser Lab, Harvard

The Lesser lab is interested in understanding how bacterial pathogens manipulate host cell processes to promote their own survival and replication during the course of an infection. In particular, our efforts focusing on determining how bacterial factors injected via type III protein delivery systems into the host cell cytosol act to disarm host innate immune responses.

110. Seage Lab, Harvard

Researchers in the Seage lab are currently using an agent-based modeling methodology to examine the role of HIV prevention efforts in Botswana. The research group and the intern(s) will work on: Calibrating the agent-based, dynamic HIV transmission model to HIV prevalence in Botswana, and possibly the U.S.

111. Wirth Lab, Harvard

The Wirth Laboratory studies the biology of the malaria parasite and how it can evade drug or immune pressure. We use population genomic and functional approaches to identify and validate genetic variants associated with important clinical phenotypes, including drug resistance and immune evasion.

112. Alter Lab, Harvard

Dr. Alter’s research interests lie at the intersection of the innate immune response and the adaptive humoral immune response, with a focus on defining the role of innate immune recruiting antibodies in providing specificity to the innate immune system to kill virally infected cells. In this capacity, Dr. Alter has developed a suite of antibody profiling assays that aim at gaining a deeper appreciation of the correlates of humoral immune activity against HIV and beyond.

ISURGH

202. Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership, Gaborone, Botswana

The Botswana–Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) is a collaborative research and training initiative between the Government of the Republic of Botswana and the Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative. At the heart of BHP’s mission is a collaborative approach to conducting clinical and laboratory-based research, with an emphasis on training and building local capacity. Students may have an opportunity to work on either wet lab projects or the ongoing clinical trials.

204. Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Tuberculosis is a difficult disease to treat, in part because it can adapt to survive antibiotic treatment even when the DNA sequence would suggest that they are susceptible. In collaboration with the Rubin lab at Harvard, this site provides students an opportunity to work with Professor Babak Javid at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s leading medical schools.

The Javid lab is interested in phenotypic resistance of mycobacteria to antibiotics, and in particular, the role of “adaptive mistranslation” in this process.

206. Laboratory of Immunopathology at the René Rachou Research Institute - Fiocruz Minas Foundation, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

The selected Candidate will have the opportunity to work in the Laboratory of Immunopathology at the René Rachou Research Institute in the state of Minas Gerais, under Professor Ricardo Gazzinelli. The mission of the lab is to (i) understand the immunological mechanisms associated with the pathogenesis of diseases caused by protozoa and (ii) to develop new vaccines that induce cell-mediated immune responses and protective immunity against protozoan infections. The group is also dedicated to developing human capital through teaching and research activities.

208. University of São Paulo School of Public Health, São Paulo, Brazil

Please note that applications will be accepted for this internship until February 5th at 5pm. Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for this in addition to three others. 

The selected candidate will work alongside Prof. Patricia Jaime and a postdoctoral researcher to develop, adapt, and validate key messages from the 2014 Dietary Guidelines for the Brazilian Population.

209. Y.R. Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education, Chennai, India

Y.R. Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education (YRG CARE) (www.yrgcare.org) is located in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state and one of the epicenters of the Indian HIV epidemic. YRG CARE is one of the largest private organizations providing HIV care in India, having treated over 20,000 PLHIV since its founding in 1993. YRG CARE serves patients who are newly diagnosed with HIV as well as experienced patients referred from other HIV providers.

210. Kwon Lab, Durban, South Africa

The Kwon Laboratory is focused on applying new technologies to the study of immune responses against HIV at mucosal surfaces. Our group in South Africa performs translational research utilizing patient samples from the well-characterized FRESH (Females Rising through Education, Support, and Health) cohort to better understand viral, metagenomic, and adaptive immune factors important for HIV immunity and pathogenesis in the female genital tract.

212. Perinatal HIV Research Unit, Soweto, South Africa

Please note that applications will be accepted for this internship until February 5th at 5PM.

One of Africa’s leading research centres, the Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU) is situated at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital—known locally as ‘Bara’—in Soweto, Johannesburg. PHRU engages in research, training, policy-formulation and advocacy concerning HIV-positive people and their children. Specifically, PHRU conducts adult, paediatric and adolescent HIV treatment research, HIV prevention research and investigations into tuberculosis and other HIV co-infections. In addition to the numerous pharmaceutical and publicly-funded clinical trials PHRU continues to carry out, the unit also conducts important behavioural and social science research, advocates for research access and provides needed care to the people of Soweto.

213. St. John's Research Institute, Bangalore, India

Please note that applications will be accepted for this internship until February 5th at 5pm. Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for this in addition to three others. 

Malnutrition is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. It is a major impediment to population health and economic development, and the vicious cycle of under-nutrition, poverty, and infectious diseases has dominated the health profiles of developing countries.

DGHI

301. Clinton Health Access Initiative, Kigali, Rwanda

Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other illnesses. Based on the premise that business oriented strategy can facilitate solutions to global health challenges, CHAI acts as a catalyst to mobilize new resources and optimize the impact of these resources to save lives, via improved organization of commodity markets and more effective local management.

302. CORE Group, Washington, DC

CORE Group is a leader in global community health, working to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths. As a neutral, trusted platform, we foster collaboration and learning among our International Community Health Network to strengthen programmatic impact and response. We have over 100 members that collaborate in our international community health network. Read more at: www.coregroup.org.

303. Adolescent HIV Research & HIV Care Delivery, Durban, South Africa

Students will assist with adolescent HIV research at Mahatma Gandhi Hospital and Prince Mshiyeni Hospital outside of Durban, South Africa. Students will work closely with the research coordinator to assist with data extraction, data entry, patient tracking, and data management. Students will also assist with the once monthly Saturday Teen HIV Clinic at Don McKenzie Hospital.

304. EarthEnable, Nyamata, Rwanda

Please note that applications will be accepted for this internship until February 5th at 5pm. Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for this in addition to three others.

EarthEnable is a social enterprise with the mission of improving health and housing in low-income communities by eliminating unsanitary dirt floors. Billions of people globally live on dirt floors, which are a major cause of infectious disease, respiratory illness, malnutrition, and vector-born diseases.

305. Global Health Corps, New York City, NY

Please Note: This internship is co-funded with the IOP, and applications will be accepted until February 5th at at 5PM.

Global Health Corps (GHC) mobilizes a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. GHC believes young leaders with diverse backgrounds and a deep commitment to collaboration, innovation, and social justice are going to revolutionize how the world tackles its toughest health challenges. We strongly believe our GHC community is the new breed of leaders that the world desperately needs.

306. Health Builders, Kigali, Rwanda

Please note that applications will be accepted for this internship until February 5th at 5pm. Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for this in addition to three others.

Health Builders believes that health is at the heart of human progress. Our vision is for all people to have access to high quality healthcare, allowing them to live dignified, healthy, and prosperous lives. All of Health Builders’ work revolves around the following values:

308. Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, DC

Kaiser is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.  Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations. We serve as a non-partisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health policy community and the public.

309. NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors), Washington, DC

Please note that applications will be accepted for this internship until February 5th at 5pm. Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for this in addition to three others. 

Founded in 1992, NASTAD (National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors, www.nastad.org) is a non-profit association that represents public health officials who administer HIV and hepatitis health care, prevention, education, and supportive service programs funded by state and federal governments in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Islands.

310. New York State Health Foundation, New York City, NY

Please Note: This internship is co-funded with the IOP, and applications will be accepted until February 5th at 5PM.

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is a private, statewide foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers. We strive to be focused and purposeful in our work; establish and adhere to clear goals and strategies; and measure our progress. We are committed to making grants, but also to making a difference beyond our dollars: informing health care policy and practice, spreading effective programs to improve the health system, serving as a neutral convener of health leaders across the State, and providing technical assistance to our grantees and partners.

311. PAI, Washington, DC

Please Note: This internship is co-funded with the IOP, and applications will be accepted until February 5th at 5PM.

PAI champions policies that make it possible for women to exercise their reproductive rights and fights to remove the policy barriers between women and the care they need. We work with policymakers in Washington and our network partners in developing countries to advance women's reproductive rights. Learn more at: www.pai.org.

312. Partners in Health, Boston, MA

Partners In Health (PIH) is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1987 whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, PIH has two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medicine to those most in need, and to serve as an antidote to despair.

313. Save the Children, Washington, DC

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world's most vulnerable girls and boys.

314. The University of Chicago Urban Health Lab, Chicago, IL

The University of Chicago Health Lab, one of five labs that comprise the University of Chicago Urban Labs, was launched in 2015 to advance our understanding of how to improve public health outcomes and health systems, particularly for vulnerable populations. We partner with communities, nonprofits, and government agencies to identify, rigorously evaluate, and scale up the most promising policies and programs to improve access to effective, affordable care.

315. Stop TB Partnership, Geneva, Switzerland

These internships will be based in the Secretariat of the Stop TB Partnership, a collective force of more than 1300 partners dedicated to the fight against Tuberculosis (TB) – a disease that is curable but still kills three people every minute. The Partnership is recognized as a unique international body with the power to align actors all over the world in the fight against TB. The Stop TB Partnership Secretariat is housed by the United Nations Office for Project Services in Geneva, Switzerland.

316. The Touch Foundation, Mwanza, Tanzania

Please note that applications will be accepted for this internship until February 5th at 5pm. Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for this in addition to three others. 

The Touch Foundation is a secular non-profit organization committed to improving the health of the Tanzanian people by strengthening their health system across the different levels of care, from tertiary hospital down to village-level facilities. We expand our impact across Tanzania by sharing our on-the-ground experience and acquired knowledge with the local and international public health community.

317. World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, Geneva, Switzerland

Please Note: The selection process for this internship is unique. One student will be chosen for this position, and all applicants will be notified regarding their status as usual. The selected recipient will not receive an official offer until an administrative verification procedure at the WHO is also completed, though, which can take another 4+ weeks. Acceptance for this position is contingent upon the administratrive verification process being successful, so applicants to this position should be prepared to be flexible and patient.

320. University of Global Health Equity, Kigali, Rwanda

Please note that applications will be accepted for this internship until February 5th at 5pm. Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for this in addition to three others.

The University of Global Health Equity is a groundbreaking health sciences university in Rwanda that trains global leaders to deliver high-quality health care. Incubated by Partners In Health, UGHE is a private institution leveraging expertise and resources from the Government of Rwanda, Harvard Medical School, and key partners to create a global forum for delivery-focused teaching, research, clinical care, and implementation.

321. Global Health Delivery Project, Boston, MA

Please note that applications will be accepted for this internship until February 5th at 5pm. Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for this in addition to three others.

The Global Health Delivery (GHD) Project was launched in 2007 as an interdisciplinary collaboration between Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Business School. The GHD Project investigates the management decisions behind disease treatment and prevention globally.

322. International Health Partners, London, England

International Heath Partners (IHP) coordinates the safe and responsible donation of medical products from the healthcare industry to those who would otherwise have no access in the developing world. We envision a world where nobody has to suffer for want of access to safe and effective medicines. With our strong network of product donors, we can secure a wide range of essential medicines and medical supplies. Our innovative cloud-based software platform allows our small team to efficiently process large volumes of donated product from multiple donors to multiple recipients.

323. Sangath, Goa, India

Please note that applications will be accepted for this internship until February 5th at 5pm. Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for this in addition to three others. 

Sangath (www.sangath.com) is a non-governmental, not‐for-profit research organization committed to improving health across the lifespan by empowering existing community resources to provide appropriate physical, psychological, and social therapies.

324. NHS England, London, England

Please Note: This internship is co-funded with the IOP, and applications will be accepted until February 5th at 5pm.

NHS England: NHS England leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England. It sets the priorities and direction of the NHS and informs the national debate to improve health and care. NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for spending this money effectively for patients and efficiently for the tax payer. For more information visit: https://www.england.nhs.uk/about/

325. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), London, England

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is an independent body responsible for driving improvement and excellence in the English health and social care system. NICE develops guidance, standards and information on high-quality health and social care. We also advise on ways to promote healthy living and prevent ill health.

326. Behavioural Insights Team, London, England

Please note that applications will be accepted for this internship until February 5th at 5pm. Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for this in addition to three others. 

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) started life inside No. 10 Downing Street as the world’s first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences. We are now a social purpose company, still partly owned by the UK Government, whose mission is to help organisations to design policies or interventions that can encourage, support and enable people to make better choices for themselves and society.

327. Healthy London Partnership - London Health and Care Devolution Programme, London, England

Please Note: This internship is co-funded with the IOP, and applications will be accepted until February 5th at 5PM.

The Healthy London Partnership is a public sector partnership that works across organisations to support health and care transformation in London – particularly where doing something ‘once for London’ adds greatest value.

328. UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency, Geneva, Switzerland

Please note that applications will be accepted for this internship until February 5th at 5pm. Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for this in addition to three others. 

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. We work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. We have a national and international staff of more than 9,700 working in 126 countries, with most operations based in the field.

329. The Global Fund, Geneva, Switzerland

Please Note: This internship is co-funded with the IOP, and applications will be accepted until February 5that 5PM.

The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases.