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Harvard Orthopedic Trauma Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program

Orthopedic Trauma Undergraduate Summer Internship

Our Program is intended for undergraduates interested in healthcare careers. Our interns are introduced to the hospital experience through orthopedic research and observation.


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 about 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 will 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.


We accept applications from current undergraduate students interested in and/or considering careers in Medicine or Healthcare. We look for students who would describe themselves as curious, and who have demonstrated the ability to work independently and to be flexible. Please note that you do not have to be on the Pre Med track.

The internship program runs from June 1 – August 28, 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.


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.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for our internship, please complete the online application form and submit supporting documents. The supporting documents include:

  • resume
  • one academic letter of recommendation
  • one professional letter of recommendation

It is your responsibility to email your letter writer this link, where they can upload their recommendation letter.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael McTague.

Applications for summer 2019 will be available in late December.


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