The Mass General Youth Neurology Education and Research Program engages youth from communities underrepresented in neurology. We particularly focus on offering educational and research opportunities to Massachusetts high school and undergraduate students, and highly encourage applications from youth who identify as: female or non-binary; Black, Latinx, Native American/Alaska Native; or first-generation college students.
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.
Paid Summer Internships
- Applications open: January 1, 2024
- Applications close: March 1, 2024, 11:59 pm EST
- Interviews by invitation: March 2024
- Receive a decision by: April 1, 2024
- Accept or decline offer by: April 12, 2024
- Undergraduate internships: June 17 – August 9, 2024
- High school internships: July 1 – August 9, 2024
All interns must comply with the hospital's hiring policies including vaccinations and any other occupational health requirements.
To be eligible for the program, you must meet the following requirements:
- Live or study in Massachusetts at the time of the internship. If accepted, you must provide a Massachusetts address for the duration of the program.
- High school and undergraduate students are eligible to apply!
- High school students eligible: High school seniors in the Fall 2024, recent high school graduates, or rising college freshman.
- Undergraduate student eligible: Current undergraduate students or recent college graduates are eligible to apply. We highly encourage applications from students in community college!
- Commit to working full-time (40-hours per week), in-person, in Boston for the duration of the program.
- Be authorized to work lawfully in the United States.
We are particularly 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 email@example.com 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.
Program Length: This is a full-time, 40-hour per week, paid summer internship that lasts 6 to 8 weeks, for high school and undergraduate students, respectively. Students are expected to follow a 9:00 am to 5:30 pm schedule, Monday through Friday. Although, there are some slight exceptions to this depending on standard operating hours for the lab the intern is assigned to. Interns will not work on either June 19th or July 4th which are both recognized as holidays at Mass General Brigham. Both of these days off will be unpaid.
Bootcamp: Both high school and undergraduate interns will spend the first few days of the internship completing “bootcamp”. This programming is focused on onboarding summer interns, with dedicated time to help assure that interns succeed in the professional expectations of this intensive summer experience. Duties include completing required research and clinical trainings, engaging in interactive sessions on skills needed to excel in a laboratory setting, networking, and start of 1:1 mentoring.
Mentored Research: Student pairs (one undergraduate and one high school student) will be assigned to a lab under the mentorship of an MGH Neurology faculty member. Over the course of the summer, interns will complete work in the lab under the supervision of their mentor and other lab members. All interns will work on current, ongoing research projects. Interns will not create their own summer research project.
Weekly Didactics: Students will engage in three weekly didactic sessions led by leading neurologists, neuroscientists, and other professional, with the goals of building interns’ knowledge of neurology while exposing them to an inspiring diverse group of leaders in the field. There may also be occasional field trips, social lunches, and other events that are intended to build community among interns, and to provide additional networking and educational opportunities.
Final Presentations: Student pairs will create final presentations at the end of the program to present their summer research experiences to peers, mentors, family, and the MGH Neurology department.
Work Location: The internship is intended to be fully in-person. In the case of a public health emergency such as during the COVID-19 pandemic, internships will be held virtually. Work locations will vary depending on the lab interns are matched with. Interns may work at the MGH Main Campus, in the Charlestown Navy Yard, at Assembly Row in Somerville, or another lab location within Boston, Cambridge, or Somerville. Interns will be made aware of their lab assignment, and therefore lab locations, prior to the first day of the internship. While this internship is intended to be fully in-person, at the discretion and approval of lab mentors, some work or program components may be conducted virtually (i.e. working from home).
Longitudinal Support: Completion of the MGH Youth Neurology Education & Research Program is only the beginning of the support program staff provide to interns. All alumni receive longitudinal support after program completion in the form of longitudinal career advising, networking, application support, professional funding, resume building, and anything else they 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.
INSPIRE Speaker Series
Each summer, we host the INSPIRE Speaker Series, where we feature leading neurologists and neuroscientists of diverse backgrounds, to share their journey in the medical field. These are free-of-cost and open to high school and undergraduate students as well as educators. To receive registration information, and other updates, subscribe to our newsletter.
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- Youth Neurology Program Profile - Biogen News
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- 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.
- Obama Foundations Leaders USA Program: Program director and founder Dr. Nicte Mejia has been named one of the inaugural 100 Leaders in a new program run by Leaders USA in collaboration with the Obama Foundation.
- Alumni and Mentor Publish Study: Program mentor Dr. Andrea Harriott and program alumni Leah Berhanu, Viola Appiah-Danquah, and Angel Muthemba-Waruinge have published a paper studying the relationship between sex hormones and migraine with aura by comparing CSD induced pain behavior during different phases of the estrus cycle in female mice.
- 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
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- 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
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- 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.
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