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.

You must be a returning Harvard undergraduate in order to apply.

Funding for Independent Projects and Internships

HGHI may have limited funding available for independent, student-arranged research projects and internships. This funding could 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: Sunday, February 3rd at 11:59pm. 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: Sunday, February 3rd at 11:59pm. 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. House tutors and deans are asked for input on candidates during the selection process. At the end of the program, students present their research findings at a poster session. SURGH will run from early June - mid August.

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: Sunday, February 3rd at 11:59pm. 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: Sunday, February 3rd at 11:59pm. Please see the Application Instructions for further details.

2018 Summer Internships (click each category to expand)

SURGH

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. Preference will be given to students with experience or coursework in molecular biology, genetics, biology, or infectious diseases.... Read more about 103. Duraisingh Lab, Harvard

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 accelerating innovations and technologies in a distinctly start-up environment within a renowned academic institution.... Read more about 105. Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston

106. International Quality Improvement Collaborative, Boston

The vision of the International Quality Improvement Collaborative for Congenital Heart Disease (IQIC) is to facilitate a collaborative of healthcare teams from around the world creating a culture of culture of safety and quality for care for congenital heart disease. The IQIC mission is to reduce mortality and major complications for congenital heart disease in low- and middle-income countries.... Read more about 106. International Quality Improvement Collaborative, Boston

111. Wirth Lab, Harvard

Please Note: Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for it in addition to three others. You do not need to receive permission to submit the additional application.

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. ... Read more about 111. Wirth Lab, Harvard

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.... Read more about 112. Alter Lab, Harvard

113. Reconstruction and Mechanics of the Middle Ear Lab, Massachusetts Eye & Ear, Boston, MA

Please Note: Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for it in addition to three others. You do not need to receive permission to submit the additional application.

Investigation of Global Tympanostomy Tube Challenges with Team PionEar

The Reconstruction and Mechanics of the Middle Ear lab under Aaron Remenschneider, MD, MPH at Massachusetts Eye & Ear in downtown Boston studies a variety of pathologies and novel engineering solutions to problems faced in the middle ear, which includes the tympanic membrane (eardrum) and ossicles (bones of hearing). Current projects in the lab include 3D printing of novel biodegradable grafts for tympanic membrane repair, investigation of tympanic membrane remodeling in chinchilla models and human histopathological samples, and studying the acoustics of the middle ear following various reconstruction procedures.... Read more about 113. Reconstruction and Mechanics of the Middle Ear Lab, Massachusetts Eye & Ear, Boston, MA

ISURGH

205. University of Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal

Please Note: Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for it in addition to three others. You do not need to receive permission to submit the additional application.

Malaria is one of the greatest health challenges in the world, and the majority of disease transmission occurs in developing countries where it becomes an important obstacle to economic development. Drug resistance of Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly human malaria parasite, makes malaria control very difficult.... Read more about 205. University of Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal

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

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.

In South Africa, the student will partner with our collaborators in the clinic at the FRESH study site and in the laboratory at the...

Read more about 210. Kwon Lab, Durban, South Africa

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

Please Note: Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for it in addition to three others. You do not need to receive permission to submit the additional application.

St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI) is an integral part of the St. John’s Academy of Health Sciences which has a broad, holistic vision and an approach to health problems of India. Since its inception, the Academy has been involved in training of health professionals and service delivery through the St. John’s Medical College and...

Read more about 213. St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore, India

214. Sangath, Goa, India

Sangath is a non-governmental, not-for-profit research organisation committed to improving health across the lifespan by empowering existing community resources to provide appropriate physical, psychological and social therapies. Its primary focus areas include child development, adolescent and youth health, and mental health and chronic disease. A key element of Sangath’s philosophy is to strengthen state and private sector services by integrating and scaling up affordable and effective interventions through sustainable health systems.... Read more about 214. Sangath, Goa, India

215. WeCancer, São Paulo, Brazil

Did you know there are 14 million new cancer patients every year?  A study called “World cancer Report 2014” released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) showed that 14 million people have discovered cancer and around 8 million people died because of it.

OMS’s projections for 2030 are not any better.  27 million new cases and 75 million people living with some kind of cancer.

Its treatment is long and full of challenges.  High patient / doctor ratio, long time period between doctor appointments  and the ‘poor memory' factor...

Read more about 215. WeCancer, São Paulo, Brazil

217. Getting to Zero, Mbarara, Uganda

Please Note: Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for it in addition to three others. You do not need to receive permission to submit the additional application.

The full title of this project is Getting to Zero: Safer conception programming to eliminate sexual and perinatal HIV transmission among HIV-serodifferent couples. This is an exciting opportunity for an undergraduate student to join our HIV and Reproductive Health research team in Mbarara, Uganda.

Globally, eighteen million women and men living with HIV want to have a child. Condomless sex between HIV-serodifferent (one HIV-positive, one HIV-negative) couples who want children contributes to 1.5 million HIV infections and 150,000 perinatal transmissions annually. Safer conception interventions promoting antiretroviral (ARV)-mediated viral suppression, pre-exposure prophylaxis, and/or condomless sex timed to peak fertility can eliminate HIV transmission, keeping sexual partners and babies HIV-free.... Read more about 217. Getting to Zero, Mbarara, Uganda

DGHI

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.... Read more about 308. Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, DC

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

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with the IOP, and therefore you should apply through the HGHI-IOP funding source in CARAT. Applications will be accepted until February 4th, 2018 at midnight.

Founded in 1992, NASTAD (National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors) 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.... Read more about 309. NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors), Washington, DC

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

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with the IOP, and therefore you should apply through the HGHI-IOP funding source in CARAT. Applications will be accepted until February 4th, 2018 at at midnight.

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.... Read more about 310. New York State Health Foundation, New York City, NY

311. PAI, Washington, DC

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with the IOP, and therefore you should apply through the HGHI-IOP funding source in CARAT. Applications will be accepted until February 4th, 2018 at at midnight.

PAI champions policies that make it possible for every woman to have quality reproductive health care. We work with policymakers in Washington and our network of partners in developing countries to remove the policy roadblocks between women and the care they need.... Read more about 311. PAI, Washington, DC

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.... Read more about 312. Partners in Health, Boston, MA

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. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of...

Read more about 313. Save the Children, Washington, DC

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. This strategy helps ensure that tight city budgets are focused on efficiently and cost-effectively improving the health of not just...

Read more about 314. The University of Chicago Urban Health Lab, Chicago, IL

315. Stop TB Partnership, Geneva, Switzerland

The Stop TB Partnership is leading the way to a world without tuberculosis (TB), a disease that is curable but still kills three people every minute. With an annual death toll of approximately 1.8 million people, TB is the new global health emergency. The disease is spread through the air by coughing and sneezing, and is therefore highly transmissible – approximately 2 billion people are infected with TB worldwide. As a disease that predominantly affects the poor and vulnerable, ending TB is not only a public health priority, but also a wider global development issue.... Read more about 315. Stop TB Partnership, Geneva, Switzerland

316. The Touch Foundation, Mwanza, Tanzania

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.... Read more about 316. The Touch Foundation, Mwanza, Tanzania

319. World Health Organization (WHO) Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Unit, Geneva, Switzerland

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with the IOP, and therefore you should apply through the HGHI-IOP funding source in CARAT. Applications will be accepted until February 4th, 2018 at midnight.

In order to apply, you need to have completed three years of full-time studies (i.e. be a rising senior) and be at least twenty years old by March 1, 2018.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland is the specialized agency within the United Nations (UN) that directs and coordinates international public health. In October 2004, WHO launched its Patient Safety program in an effort to coordinate, disseminate, and accelerate improvements worldwide in patient safety, which is a critical global healthcare issue. ... Read more about 319. World Health Organization (WHO) Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Unit, Geneva, Switzerland

320. University of Global Health Equity, Kigali, Rwanda

Please Note: Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for it in addition to three others. You do not need to receive permission to submit the additional application.

You must be a rising junior or senior to apply for this internship.

The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is a new university based in Rwanda that is training the next generation of global health professionals, including doctors, nurses, researchers, veterinarians, and public health and policy experts, to be leaders and changemakers who strive to deliver equitable, quality health services for all. An initiative of Partners In Health (PIH) led by internationally recognized faculty and staff from around the world, UGHE is an independent, accredited university that builds on PIH’s three decades of experience in delivering health services to some of the world’s poorest communities.... Read more about 320. University of Global Health Equity, Kigali, Rwanda

324. NHS England, London, England

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with the IOP, and therefore you should apply through the HGHI-IOP funding source in CARAT. Applications will be accepted until February 4th, 2018 at midnight.

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...

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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.

NICE’s aim is to help practitioners deliver the best possible care and give people the most effective treatments, which are based on the most up-to-date evidence and provide value for money, in order to reduce inequalities and variation....

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

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

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with the IOP, and therefore you should apply through the HGHI-IOP funding source in CARAT. Applications will be accepted until February 4th, 2018 at midnight.

The Healthy London Partnership is a public sector partnership that works across organizations to support health and care transformation in London. We work across London’s local government, National Health Service ‘commissioners’ (payers), the Mayor’s office, Public Health England and Health Education England to achieve our shared vision of making London the healthiest major global city.... Read more about 327. Healthy London Partnership - London Health and Care Devolution Programme, London, England

329. The Global Fund, Geneva, Switzerland

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with the IOP, and therefore you should apply through the HGHI-IOP funding source in CARAT. Applications will be accepted until February 4th, 2018 at midnight.

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. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly US$ 4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need.... Read more about 329. The Global Fund, Geneva, Switzerland

330. Fogarty International Center, Bethesda, MD

Please Note: Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for it in addition to three others. You do not need to receive permission to submit the additional application.

The Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies (DIEPS) is the research arm of the Fogarty International Center.  Located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, DIEPS conducts research in epidemiology and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases.... Read more about 330. Fogarty International Center, Bethesda, MD

333. Greater Boston Legal Services - Elder, Health & Disability Unit, Boston, MA

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) is one of the largest providers of civil legal aid in New England. We provide legal representation and counsel to over 10,000 people each year to prevent and resolve issues of homelessness, domestic violence, inability to access medical care, wage theft, consumer fraud, elder abuse, and other emerging issues that arise in vulnerable populations. Our free civil legal aid helps individuals and families achieve justice and meet their basic needs... Read more about 333. Greater Boston Legal Services - Elder, Health & Disability Unit, Boston, MA

334. Arnhold Institute for Global Health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, NY

The Arnhold Institute for Global Health seeks to improve the health of people and the communities they live in, both at home and abroad, resulting in lasting global health impact at scale. To achieve this mission, the Arnhold Institute designs, accelerates, and replicates health care models that put people first and drive meaningful impacts on health and wellbeing.... Read more about 334. Arnhold Institute for Global Health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, NY

336. Gavi: Resource Mobilisation & Private Sector Partnerships, Geneva, Switzerland

Gavi is an international organisation that was created in 2000 to improve access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Gavi is the Vaccine Alliance, which brings together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to vaccines for children, wherever they live.... Read more about 336. Gavi: Resource Mobilisation & Private Sector Partnerships, Geneva, Switzerland

337. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control, Los Angeles, CA

Please Note: Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for it in addition to three others. You do not need to receive permission to submit the additional application.

The Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) program leads and facilitates the delivery of a full spectrum of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services proven to reduce the impact of substance use, abuse, and addiction in Los Angeles County. Services are provided through contracts with over 150 community-based...

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338. UCLA Art & Global Health Center, Los Angeles, CA

Please Note: Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for it in addition to three others. You do not need to receive permission to submit the additional application.

The UCLA Art & Global Health Center unleashes the transformative power of the arts to advance global health. We use the arts as a tool of research, analysis, and social action to push for improved health domestically and internationally. We seek to understand and implement arts-based projects where various kinds of art and...

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339. InterAmerican Center for Global Health (CISG), Costa Rica

Please Note: Applying for this internship will not count against the three application limit, so you may apply for it in addition to three others. You do not need to receive permission to submit the additional application.

The InterAmerican Center for Global Health (CISG) is the first Global Health Educational Hub in Latin America. Our primary role is serving as an academic interface to create ethical and transformative global health educational programming with our institutional partners. We also provide a platform for universities, students,...

Read more about 339. InterAmerican Center for Global Health (CISG), Costa Rica