Summer Internships

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“​​Simply put, this experience exceeded my expectations: instead of getting a mere window into research at a major institution, I felt like I was knee-deep in truly engaging work at the bench and contributing to the lab.”​

The application for summer 2020 internships will be posted by early December
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Undergraduate Summer Internship in Systems Biology

About the Program

The Undergraduate Summer Internship is our headline program enabling undergraduate students to collaborate with our researchers, as well as their own peers, at Harvard’s FAS Center for Systems Biology and the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. ​Participants work in our labs, gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art tools, learn cutting-edge scientific techniques in our dynamic research environment.  Students interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD, and students from under-represented minorities or disadvantaged backgrounds, are especially encouraged to apply.

The internship runs from June to August each year. In addition to housing–including access to Harvard recreational and athletic facilities–each intern will receive a stipend of $5,000. ​

Our Community

Every year, the internship features presentations, seminars, lectures, career events, and a chance to do some fun things around Boston. Interns will also have the opportunity to take advantage of our proximity to Boston’s diverse cultural and social scene, conveniently accessible via the T, Boston’s public transport system.

In addition, interns will be part of Harvard’s annual Undergraduate Research Village, and will have a chance to interact with interns from several other Harvard internship programs. The internship will end with a poster session, during which participants will present their research alongside fellow Harvard interns.


Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled full-time in good standing at an accredited public or private college or university in the United States or a US territory. Participants must be 18 years or older by the start of the program.

Application Process

The following materials will be required of every applicant (pay special attention to file format requirements):

  • Resume or CV: uploaded to the application in PDF format.
  • Transcripts: upload your most recent, cumulative transcript to the application in PDF format.
    • Transcripts should include information for all undergraduate courses you have taken at the time you apply. If you have attended multiple institutions, you can upload one transcript if that transcript lists all transfer credits. If it does not, you should upload a transcript from each institution you have attended.
  • Essay
    • Part 1: Describe your previous research experiences and future academic and career goals.
    • Part 2: Discuss one of this year’s projects and why you find it interesting. What have you learned in your undergraduate research or coursework that makes you interested in this project? (NOTE: Your selection for this essay does not commit you to a certain lab.)
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation: Recommenders should be familiar with your work in an academic or research setting. Please be sure to give your recommenders ample advance notice and confirm that they will be able to submit their letters by the deadline. Letters of recommendation should be uploaded here.

Summer 2019 applications are currently closed. Check back for Summer 2020 application instructions in early December.

Note for Harvard undergraduates: Harvard students who fulfill the eligibility criteria and are interested in working in one of our labs should contact the head of the relevant lab directly. We also encourage you to apply for PRISE or HCRP funding through URAF.

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