HIV/Aging Research Methods Internship

  • Internship
  • Boston, MA
  • $20 USD / Hour

Website Massachusetts General Hospital - Medical Practice Evaluation Center

The HIV/Aging Research Methods Internship pairs undergraduate students with experienced Harvard Medical School faculty mentors to work 1:1 on a research project with a focus on interventions to reduce complications and death among older people with HIV.

Each intern will be paired with a specific faculty-mentor investigator (MD or PhD) from the MPEC or CASI at Massachusetts General Hospital with a focus on HIV/aging-related research. Projects could include a range of methods, including epidemiology, qualitative analysis, intervention development, clinical trials, implementation science, computer simulation modeling, and cost-effectiveness analysis. MPEC and CASI faculty mentors will break down research projects into manageable pieces that undergraduate students could tackle on the timeline of the internship (6-8 weeks).

About MPEC and CASI

At MPEC, research teams use computer simulation models and cost-effectiveness analysis, as well as implementation science and epidemiology to address questions of value in global health care with a primary focus on HIV and its complications and associated conditions. CASI brings together multidisciplinary researchers (e.g., medical doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, and social workers) across Mass General Hospital and the Boston community to improve the well-being of older adults and enhance the lived experience of people with advanced illnesses to achieve health equity and to holistically shape health policy.

What Interns will do with 1:1 mentorship from a faculty investigator:

  • Conduct literature reviews to critically review and summarize published data.
  • Develop tables and figures for visualization of data.
  • Assist in the writing of abstracts and manuscripts.
  • Help to prepare slide decks for project presentations.

Additional opportunities:

  • Participate in career mentoring sessions with MPEC and CASI faculty regarding steps in training and future professional opportunities.
  • Gain exposure to a range of research methodologies and approaches.
  • Development of professional skills necessary for clinical research.
  • Development of technical skills, including improving scientific writing and visual representation of data (e.g., development of figures and tables).
  • Network with other student interns, MGH faculty, and staff.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Members of groups that are underrepresented in medicine and/or public health (URiM) as defined by the National Institutes of Health are strongly encouraged to apply. See the definition of URiM here.
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate institution.
  • Citizen or noncitizen nationals of the United States or lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
  • Availability to attend the program in its entirety (see applicant timeline).
  • Interns who have completed a Research Administration Internship at MPEC/CASI remain eligible to participate subsequently in the Research Methods Internship (and vice versa).


  • The compensation offered would be in the range of $4,800 to $6,400 ($20/hour, 40 hours/week) for the 6–8 week internship duration.

How to Apply:

Apply on the MGH careers website using job ID # 3274720 (Research Methods). When applying, please submit the following:

  • Personal Statement: 250 words describing your interests, professional goals, and past experience
  • Resume or CV
  • Two personal references (Examples could include: current or former manager/supervisor from work or volunteer settings, a teacher or mentor)
  • All college transcripts. Original transcripts are preferred, although unofficial transcript copies will be accepted at the time of application (original transcripts will be required if accepted into the program).

Applicant Timeline
Summer Internship

  • Application Available: January 16, 2024
  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: April 30, 2024
  • Program Starts: June 10, 2024
  • Program Ends: August 5, 2024

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