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 ten 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. Internships are 10 weeks long and will run from approximately June 7th – August 13th, 2021. 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.
Important 2021 Program Updates
Given the uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic, currently HGHI is planning for all Summer 2021 internships to be done virtually. If circumstances improve, we may be able to transition back to in-person internships, and any changes will be posted here. The application will open in CARAT on December 18th, and deadline to apply is Sunday, February 7th, 2021 at 11:59pm.
This year, applicants will submit the names of two references in lieu of formal recommendation letters for HGHI's Research & Internship Program. Letters of recommendation are still required for Independent Funding Applications. Please see the application instructions for more information.
For students who will be on leave during the spring of 2021, you are welcome to apply for HGHI internships as long as you are planning to return in the fall and receive Ad Board approval. Here’s a link to more information about the petition process.
Summer 2021 Summer Funding Policy: To promote equitable distribution of summer funding across the undergraduate community, students are eligible to accept funding from only one Harvard source of funding each summer. Therefore, students who receive HGHI funding may not accept any additional funding from Harvard during the same summer. Similarly, students who accept HGHI summer funding are not eligible to receive a waiver to enroll in a Harvard Summer School course or vice versa. Students must disclose if they are receiving Harvard funding at any point throughout the summer, and HGHI reserves the right to modify awards accordingly. Failure to promptly report other Harvard-funded summer activities may be reported to the Administrative Board, and you can read more about the Summer 2021 Funding Policy here. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to discuss requesting an exception. Awards granted through HGHI are to be used to support student expenses so that students can have an educational experience, and funding can cover costs including housing, local transportation in program location (pending local public health guidelines), food, and incidentals. Funding students receive from Harvard sources cannot be used to pay others to provide services or be given to an organization; for example, hiring third-party researchers or clinicians, or making charitable donations.