Massachusetts General Hospital COVID Corps Biomedical Research Internship Program


According to the job employment website Glassdoor, over half of all internship opportunities have been cancelled due to COVID-related budget constraints or an inability to offer a meaningful and substantive remote work experience. For affected students, this widespread disruption could have long-lasting career ramifications as competitive internships often serve as feeder programs into highly sought-after positions in finance, biotechnology, and other related quantitative fields or as valuable real-world training prior to graduate studies in the sciences or liberal arts.


Yet, workforce needs in medicine and research continue to grow despite an unprecedented economic downturn. At the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), we propose to leverage these unique circumstances to help promising students whose early career training has been upended by offering an opportunity to conduct original investigative research in a multitude of positions and roles suited to their scientific interests. With thought-leading experts in such areas as epidemiology, computational biology, and immunology, prospective COVID Corps interns will have the unique opportunity to learn, grow, and expand their network as official members of the nation’s top hospital-based research program at the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, which is consistently ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as the nation’s top research medical school. Moreover, by allowing a motivated workforce to earnestly explore and act on early interests, we may be able to recruit individuals who might not otherwise have considered pursuing careers in the biomedical research sciences.

Program Features

Under the close guidance of a carefully selected primary faculty lead, MGH COVID Corps Interns (up to 12) will benefit from a robust near-peer program of training and will contribute to an array of COVID-related research projects to advance novel prevention and therapeutic strategies. Other planned activities include:   

  • Streamlined and centralized onboarding with direct administrative assistance from COVID Corps staff and Mass General Human Resources 

  • Extensive program orientation and scientific skills training commensurate to level of training

  • Virtual networking events and seminars on applying to graduate/medical school

  • End-of-summer capstone culminating with an abstract and poster presentation

  • Journal clubs focused on understanding scientific articles

  • Potential for ongoing mentorship and longitudinal research experiences during the academic year

  • A summer stipend of $1,500

  • Given the uncertainty surrounding the full return to operational capacity, COVID Corps research projects will be designed such that completion can be achieved entirely remotely, but every effort to safely accommodate trainees desiring in-person experiential learning will be considered depending on local public health guidance. 


  • Undergraduate, recent college graduates, or current graduate students (as well as rising second-year medical students via MGH Summer Research Trainee Program Class of 2020)

  • Residing in Boston metro area, <1 hour car or train ride from MGH (preferred)

  • Able to work for the majority of the summer (remote vs. in-person to be determined based on role) and ideally into the academic year

  • Historically underrepresented individuals in the biomedical research sciences, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This broad definition may include, but is not limited to: 

    • Women or gender diverse individuals of any ethnic or racial group; 

    • Those identifying as Hispanic, Black, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian, or American Indian/Alaska Native; or

    • First-generation/Low-income college/graduate students

  • Willingness to train/work for >20 hours/week in the summer 

    • Requirements during the academic year are flexible based on course commitments and other responsibilities

How to Apply: For Students

Applications for the 2020 program are now closed. Thank you for your interest in the MGH COVID Corps Summer Internship Program! Due to significant interest and a rolling selection process, the application deadline has been closed early. We have finalized our 2020 cohort and will no longer be taking applications. As noted, we made offers on a rolling basis. 

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How to Apply: For Mentors

Applications for mentors for the 2020 program are now closed. Thank you for your interest in the MGH COVID Corps Summer Internship Program!


Contact Dr. Long Nguyen at

COVID Corps 2020 Cohort

Meet the students and mentors of our 2020 cohort. 

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