Research Opportunities

The Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School offers a Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program.  This program is offered for currently-enrolled undergraduates who are considering careers in biological or biomedical research sciences, who have already had at least one summer (or equivalent term-time) and research laboratory, and who have taken at least one upper-level course that includes molecular biology.  Housing will be provided in the dorms along with a stipend and  health insurance if needed. Please contact Kathy Samms for more information. 

Summer Research Opportunities - International

  • Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE)
    Offers a wide range of affordable summer study throughout the world. Summer health programs are in the following locations:
    • Dominican Republic
      This program features a week-long internship at a rural health clinic. Open to students with four semester of college level Spanish and a background in the pre-med or the allied health profession. Call Yarel Marshall at 212.822.2757 or visit the website at Dominican Republic.
    • Thailand
      This program provides a combination of classroom discussion and practical, hands-on experience in public health and development issues. Call Fay Ju at 212.822.2756 for details or visit the website at www.ciee.org.
  • The School for Field Studies
    Offers semester and summer-long Environmental Field Studies Programs at the following locations: Caribbean/British West Indies, Australia, Pacific Northwest Canada, Baja, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Kenya. Contact 800.989.4435 for more information.
  • The Brain Science Institute at RIKEN (Japan) offers a summer program to train advanced students interested in brain functions. Applicants can choose either a laboratory internship for two months or participate in an intensive 9-day lecture course, or both. Generous support towards travel and lodging expenses will be provided. Obtain applications through the Riken website or send an email to the Riken program.
  • University of Glasgow offers a two week program in May consists of lectures, workshops and fieldwork at the Marine Biological Station, in Millport, Scotland, UK. This program is designed for senior undergraduates and is offered for credit. Call phone +44 (0) 1475 530581.
  • Child Family Health International is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, CA promoting primary care, integrative medicine and Spanish literacy among students studying health or pre-health curricula, through international health electives in Ecuador, India and Mexico. The Medical Student Exchange Program includes clinic rotations, academic lectures, cultural immersion & home stay, and rural health excursions. Elective opportunities could involve investigating the challenges of tropical medicine, exploring integrative medicine and rural community health education and issues. For more information call: 415.863.4900, send an email to students@cfhi.org, or visit their website.
  • Summer Undergraduate Medical Scientist Training Program
    The University of Iowa SUMR Program offers an intensive experience for undergraduates interested in combined MD/PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist. The program provides students with experience in research laboratories and exposure to clinical medicine and medically-relevant research.
  • Association of School of Public Health
    The Association of Schools of Public Health runs a summer internship program. The intern works in the ASPH Washington DC office and will be responsible for various aspects of the ASPH sponsored journal, Public Health Reports.  This internship will provide a well-rounded experience for any pre-health students, but may be of special interest to students interested in health literacy, health communication or health marketing.