Research Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer and Research Opportunities for Students at BWH

There are a variety of opportunities for students to work or volunteer and learn at BWH whether over the summer months, or on a part-time basis during the school year. Each program is geared toward different types of students at different levels. Please review all programs to determine which program is most appropriate for you.

Research Assistant Jobs at BWH - please visit the BWH Human Resources website to search for existing opportunities. A lab may be interested in talking with a student about a potential opportunity, even if they do not have a job posted on the BWH HR website yet. In this case, it is most efficient to identify a Principal Investigator (PI) conducting work in your specific area of interest, and to email that PI directly with your CV/resume and cover letter.

Northeastern University Co-op Program - for Northeastern University students seeking Co-op experiences at BWH.

Health Careers Connection (HCC) - dedicated to assisting students to make well informed decisions about healthcare careers and gain practical experience in healthcare organizations. HCC provides paid internships, career resources and networking opportunities to undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. Approximately six students are placed at BWH for the summer.

Four Directions Summer Research Program (FDSRP) - begun as an idea among Native American students attending Harvard Medical School (HMS) and affiliated with BWH.FDSRP is now in its 15th year, and nearly 150 students have come to HMS/BWH during this time.

Brigham Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship (STARS) - provides underrepresented minority (URM) medical and undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in exciting basic, clinical and translational research projects during the summer at BWH and HMS, while enhancing the research capabilities of URM students, and encouraging these scholars to pursue advanced medical and graduate education and training at BWH and HMS.

Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program (HIP) - This program represents an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to gain hands-on experience in stem cell research while working in a Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) laboratory under the supervision of an experienced researcher.

Medical Career Exploration Volunteer Program - Brigham and Women's Medical Career Exploration Volunteer Program (MCEP) is designed to give undergraduate college students (freshmen, sophomore and juniors) an opportunity to gain experience in a prestigious Harvard affiliated teaching hospital in order to help them make informed career/educational decisions while also availing them the opportunity to give back to the community. The program features a rotation of assignments that builds experience and culminates in a letter of recommendation and the opportunity to round with a physician for one day.

BWH Summer Internship Program (pdf) - an exploration program that introduces high school and college students to dynamic careers in health care. If selected, students will be offered an internship in a hospital department, receive hourly wages, and have opportunities to learn about health care careers. BWH HR Workforce Development (WFD) partners with community programs and The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) to recruit students.

Student Success Jobs Program (SSJP) - a year-round internship program at BWH designed to introduce 90 Boston high school students to medical and science professions. Students are matched with health care professionals who provide mentoring and serve as role models. SSJP partners with eight Boston public high schools and The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) to recruit students. Contact: Please contact Jesenia Cortes, SSJP Student Coordinator at 617-264-8743,

Project TEACH (Teen Education About Careers in Health) - is a summer program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital geared to expose 10th grade students attending partnering public high schools and community agencies to health, science and medical careers. Project TEACH includes a paid summer employment experience at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, informative seminars and shadowing opportunities for students to learn about various health professions, presentations on the various pipeline health career programs, and educational opportunities for participants to be more academically prepared in math and science as they continue high school.

Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine (HSRPKM) WEBSITE – The Program is primarily research-based experience, however it includes a core curriculum that addresses the basic science and clinical fundamentals and challenges in the field of Kidney Medicine. The Program spans the nephrology divisions of four Harvard-affiliated hospitals – Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Boston’s Children’s Hospital (BCH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Email Shekora Saint SSAINT@BWH.HARVARD.EDU with questions.

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