The Mass General Youth Neurology Education and Research Program engages youth from communities underrepresented in neurology. We particularly focus on providing educational and research opportunities to female, Black, Latinx, American Indian, and first-generation youth across Massachusetts.
We aim to inspire by offering exposure to leading neurologists and neuroscientists from diverse backgrounds, equip through paid opportunities to engage in mentored educational and research activities, and empower with structured support to translate contributions into publications, presentations, and awards that facilitate the academic advancement of participating youth.
2022 Virtual Programming
Join us for interactive career chats with leading neurologists and neuroscientists across a diversity of backgrounds. These are free-of-cost and open to high school and undergraduate students as well as educators.
2022 Career Chat Schedule
All chats are held online from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon Eastern Time:
- Monday, July 11 - Dr. Cherie Butts, Medical Director - Therapeutics Development, Biogen
- Monday, July 18 - Dr. Brian Edlow, Director, Laboratory for NeuroImaging of Coma and Consciousness
- Monday, July 25 - LaShyra "Lash" Nolen, Harvard Medical School class of 2023
- Monday, August 1 - Dr. Oluwole Awosika, Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology & Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
- Monday, August 8 - Dr. Jose McFaline-Figueroa, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
Paid Summer Internships
Applications for the 2022 program have closed. Applications for next year will open in early Spring 2023. You can sign up for the INSPIRE Speaker Series via the link above at any time.
- Applications open: Friday, February 25
- Applications close: Friday, March 25
- Interviews by invitation: April 4-15
- Receive a decision by: April 20
- Accept or decline offer by: May 1
- Undergraduate internships: June 20 – August 12
- High school internships: July 5 – August 12
All student interns must be living or studying in Massachusetts at the time of the internship. If accepted, you must be able to provide a Massachusetts address for the duration of the program.
All internships will be held in person at MGH unless the evolving COVID-19 pandemic prevents on site activities. In that case, internships will be held virtually. All interns must comply with the hospital's COVID-19 vaccination policy, requiring both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of the J&J vaccine, as well as booster shots when eligible.
High school internships: Rising high school seniors, recent high school graduates, and rising college freshman are eligible to apply.
Undergraduate internships: Current undergraduates students or recent college graduates are eligible to apply.
We are looking for interns who are current or past participants of programs focused on supporting the academic development of students underrepresented in science or medicine. The following is a list of examples, however, if a school or organization has supported your development as a student underrepresented in STEM/medicine but is not listed here, you are still eligible to apply! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Some examples include:
- Biogen Community Lab Adventures in Biotechnology High School Lab Program
- Biogen Foundation STAR Initiative
- MGH Center for Community Health Improvement Youth Programs, including: MGH Youth Scholars, MGH College Scholars, MGH Summer Jobs Program and MGH STEM Clubs
- MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion Summer Training Research Program
- Biomedical Science Careers Program
- Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, including: Explorations, Reflection in Action Building Health Communities, Advanced Placement Biology Hinton Scholars Program, Bridge to Advanced Placement Biology, Health Professionals Recruitment and Exposure Program, Project Success for High School Students, Project Success for College Students, Harvard Catalyst Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Opportunities Program
- Other Massachusetts programs for student underrepresented in STEM, including but not limited to: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Red Sox Scholars, Boston University Summer Training as Research Scholars Program, Brigham and Women's Four Directions Summer Research Program, Brigham and Women's STARs Program, Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences program, Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and UMass Boston Summer Programs to Advance Research Careers, Harvard University Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program, MIT Summer Research Program, Tufts University Building Diversity in Biomedical Science Program, the University of Massachusetts Medical School Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Upward Bound, Beacon Academy and Health Resources in Action LEAH Project and the BioBuilder High School Apprenticeship Challenge.
This is a full-time, 40 hour per week, paid summer internship. Students are expected to follow an 8:30am to 5pm schedule, Monday through Friday, with some exceptions and flexibility.
Undergraduate student interns will work for 8 weeks, from June 20 to August 12, and receive a stipend of $5,400.
High school interns will work for 6 weeks, from July 5 to August 12, and receive a stipend of $3,400.
It is a requirement to live or study in Massachusetts for the duration of the program, and students are responsible for their own housing and transportation.
Student pairs (one undergraduate and one high school student) will be assigned to a lab under the mentorship of an MGH Neurology faculty member. All students will engage in three times weekly didactic sessions led by leading neurologists, neuroscientists, and other professionals, as well as complete lab assignments and attend lab meetings throughout the week. Student pairs will create final presentations at the end of the program to present to their peers, mentors, family, and the MGH Neurology department. All students will receive longitudinal support after program completion in the form of career advising, networking, application support, professional funding, resume building, and anything else the student may need support with.
When completing the application, you will need:
- Your personal, demographic, and contact information.
- A CV/Resume to upload as a PDF.
- A 250 word statement of interest detailing your current/future academic and career interests and what you hope to accomplish by participating in this internship program. If you have done research before, please comment on how this internship builds upon your prior work. This must be uploaded as a PDF.
- Two references: You will only need to upload the contact information (email and phone number) of each reference. References will only be contacted if you are chosen to interview.
- Submit the program application linked below. You can save this application and come back to it at any time before the deadline.
Recent News About Our Mentors & Partners
CERF Medical Engineering Prize
Dr. Sabrina Paganoni and collaborators were awarded the CERF Medical Engineering Prize for their “BrainGate+SoftRobotics” project
- Youth Neurology Program Profile - Biogen News
Biogen highlights its support for this program and the reasons it seeks to advance health equity and scientific innovation by building a diverse pipeline of future neuroscientists and neurologists with strong leadership skills.
- Nicte Mejia, MD, MPH, FAAN, awarded the Audrey S. Penn Lectureship Award by the American Neurological Association
The award is granted to ANA members who conduct outstanding research, program-building, or educational scholarship to promote health equity on health care disparities.
- Shibani Mukerji, MD, PhD Selected as Rappaport Fellow
Dr. Mukerji was awarded the 2021 Rappaport Research Scholarship in Neurology from the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foudation.
- Former Program Coordinator Madison Ellin Begins Medical School
Madison Ellin, our 2020 Program Coordinator, began her first year at Boston University School of Medicine with the traditional white coat ceremony. Madison was also first author on a paper, co-authored with Dr. Mejia and other Youth Neurology Education & Research Program participants, published in the research journal Neurology.
- Altaf Saadi, MD, MSc Wins 2021 Sylvia Ferrell-Jones Award from YW and 2021 "40 Under 40" award from NMQF
Dr. Saadi was honored by YW Boston for her commitment to antiracism and her work in the MGH Asylum Clinic and with the Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Network, among other accomplishments. Separately, she was also honored by the National Minority Quality Forum as one of 40 key minority health leaders under the age of 40.
- Alazar Ayele shares his journey to STEM and the Biogen Community Lab
Program partner Alazar Ayele, manager of the Biogen Community Lab, shares his journey to a STEM career.
- Lidia Moura, MD Honored as a Claflin Distinguished Scholar
The Claflin Distinguished Scholar award from the Executive Committee on Research was established to advance the academic careers of women in science at MGH.
- Altaf Saadi, MD, MSc Wins STAT Wunderkind Award
Dr. Saadi has been named a 2020 STAT Wunderkind for her work helping refugees and immigrants by diagnosing and treating trauma, exposing detainee mistreatment, and making sure that clinics are welcoming to all.
- Ghazaleh Sadri-Vakili, PhD Wins SFN Louise Hanson Marshall Special Recognition Award
Dr. Sadri-Vakili was given the prestigious award for her work promoting the professional development of women in neuroscience.
- Black Journey to Neurology: INSPIRE Series Presentation by Dr. Andrea Harriott
In celebration of #BlackInNeuroWeek, Andrea Harriott, MD, PhD, shared her personal and professional journey as a neuroscientist
- Alazar Ayele Awarded Inaugural Immigrant Leadership Award
Program partner and presenter Alazar Ayele, from Biogen's Cambridge Community Lab, was recognized for his outreach and education work