Harvard Orthopaedic Trauma Summer Research Internship for Undergraduates

The Harvard Orthopedic Trauma Service is a busy pan-campus orthopaedic trauma service with sites at four Harvard-affiliated Level I Trauma Centers: Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Boston Children’s Hospital. We are actively recruiting undergraduates to work with our clinical research team. The main aim of the internship is to provide interns with a basic understanding of clinical research, primarily through providing practical experience. The secondary aim is to provide opportunities for interns to shadow in the clinical environments in order to see what life is like in the hospital setting.

Our clinical research work primarily involves the study of patients who experience orthopaedic injuries and the treatments that help these patients heal from their injuries. As part of this work you might conduct literature searches, interact with research subjects, and collect and/or analyze data. You may provide specific research-related expertise to us depending on your background and interests, or be asked to write up a case report based on a specific finding in the clinical setting. At some point during the summer it is possible that you may become involved with projects not specifically related to clinical research that are of pertinent interest to our clinical team at the time – i.e. quality assurance projects. You will work with all members of our team - including senior and junior orthopaedic faculty, residents, nurses, and research personnel – along with our colleagues from disciplines outside of Orthopedic Surgery.

A key part of the internship is the experiences our interns have in the hospital environment that show them what it is like to work in a hospital and what it can be like to take care of patients. You will be welcomed and encouraged to observe our team in all of the clinical areas in which we work: the operating room; the emergency room; the outpatient clinic; and the inpatient units. You are welcome to attend any conferences or educational forums that are open to residents, attendings, and hospital staff. We will also strongly encourage you to talk with us about any clinical disciplines outside of Orthopaedics that are of interest to you so that we may connect you with faculty and staff who work in these areas.

We are looking for candidates who are curious, flexible, and have the ability to think on their feet. We value candidates who have strong interpersonal skills and like to be part of a team. Candidates should be literate in Microsoft Word, Excel, and have a basic understanding of Microsoft Access. Past experience with clinical research is helpful but not required. We encourage you to apply if you intend to pursue a career in Healthcare, or if you are considering a career in Healthcare.

Requirements

All full-time sophomores, juniors, and seniors graduating in the Spring are eligible to apply provided that they:

  • Are currently enrolled full-time in a 4 year accredited college or university at the time of application
  • Are interested in clinical research and/or considering careers in Medicine or Healthcare
  • Are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents

The internship program runs from June 3 – August 30, 2019. We ask you to make a commitment of at least 10 weeks and that you work a minimum of 30 hours per each week of work. This is truly an “it is what you make of it” kind of internship, so you are encouraged to take full advantage of the opportunities we provide.

The internship is unpaid. We do, however, pay for all of the meals, drinks, and snacks that our interns purchase while working in the hospital setting. You are not required to live in Boston, but it is recommended that you live close to Boston. Parking is not available so it is recommended you take public transportation.

Faculty

Interns will work with the Orthopedic Trauma faculty across four Harvard institutions: Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Boston Children’s Hospital. Please see the hospitals’ websites for more information about our faculty.

FAQs

Who is eligible to apply?

All full-time sophomores, juniors, and seniors graduating in the Spring are eligible to apply provided that they:

  • Are currently enrolled full-time in a 4 year accredited college or university at the time of application
  • Are interested in clinical research and/or considering careers in Medicine or Healthcare
  • Are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents

I’m a freshman, am I eligible to apply?

Unfortunately, freshman are not eligible.

My school year overlaps with the program dates. Am I eligible for the program?

Yes, you are eligible to apply. Please note this in your application.

Are students pursuing a degree other than a 4-year bachelor degree eligible to apply?

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled full time in a 4-year bachelor’s degree program. Students working towards Associates degrees or graduate degrees are not eligible.  If you are uncertain about your eligibility please contact us at HarvardOrthoTrauma@partners.org before applying. Ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

I'm graduating from college in the Spring, can I still apply?

Yes, full-time seniors graduating in the Spring are eligible to apply. Students in high school, post baccalaureate programs, and medical school are not eligible. Ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

How many recommendations do I need? How are they submitted?

Each applicant must provide two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a professor or academic advisor. The second can come from a previous manager or supervisor. Recommendation letters must be uploaded through the link sent to your letter writers. This link will be sent to them automatically via the e-mails you provide when you submit your application. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted via email, fax, or any other method.

How will I know if my application is complete?

You will receive a confirmation email once both your letters have been submitted and your application is complete. 

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for our internship, please complete the online form and submit supporting documents. The supporting documents include your resume, one academic letter of recommendation, and one professional letter of recommendation. If you have any questions, please contact Michael McTague at HarvardOrthoTrauma@partners.org.

Applications are due by Monday, February 11, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.

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