The internship program at the Center for Engineering in Medicine & Surgery (CEMS) gives talented students a chance to perform advanced research while furthering their education.

We are pleased to announce the 2021 Summer Academy Program for undergraduate students studying biology, biomedical engineering, all pre-med and related fields. The program is open to medical students as well. This is an internship program to provide a diverse group of highly talented students to experience cutting edge research in an inclusive environment.

At the CEMS, research and education are tightly interwoven. Young physician- scientists and engineers who wish to devote their careers to developing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in educational fields are invited to apply. This is a great opportunity to conduct research at the CEMS under the direct supervision of our outstanding faculty.

Program is designed to provide highly talented students a chance to perform application oriented, cutting edge research while increasing their competitiveness for future education. Every intern is assigned to a post-doctoral fellow within the institute for supervision. Interns will also be expected to attend meetings and present their results at the end of internship. Opportunity to interact with other interns and scientists are available in research seminars, weekly meetings and scientific development workshops. Weekly journal club meetings will be conducted, where interns can prepare their talk on paper/topic of their interest under the supervision of fellows and give their presentations.

The CEMS focuses on a variety of research subjects including:

  • Biopreservation and transplantation
  • Organ-on-a-chip technologies
  • Tissue engineering and stem cells
  • Circulating rare cell capture technologies and cancer
  • Global health
  • Neuroscience

To apply, fill out the form by following this link by February 19, 2021.


  • Some experience in laboratory techniques (Wet/ Dry Biology) is preferred but not required
  • At least 30 h per week for ≥10 weeks commitment is required
  • Applicants will be selected based on academic achievement and availability
  • If selected, applicants should be prepared for in person interviews during which prospective mentors meet with selected candidates, typically taking a half-day. Two recommendation letters are needed when the candidate is selected for in person interviews
  • Note that the positions are not funded but limited funding may be available

We are continuously monitoring the circumstances around COVID-19 pandemic. As of now, we are accepting applications for 2021, but should the circumstances change, the program may be canceled or postponed following hospital, state and federal guidelines.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Biopreservation Technologies

The  Massachusetts General Hospital Summer Academy is collaborating with ATP-Bio REU program to host a number of undergraduate students at Mass General to work on ATP-Bio related projects.

ATP-Bio is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center (ERC) co-led by the University of Minnesota and Mass General with academic partnerships at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of California-Riverside. All engineering research in ATP-Bio is aimed at eliminating or mitigating the three enemies of biopreservation: ice formation, cryoprotective agent (CPA) toxicity and slow and/or non-uniform rewarming. Undergraduate students are invited to join ATP-Bio researchers in a 10-week summer to engage in an authentic laboratory experience with a focus on advancements in biopreservation technologies.

If you have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its possessions, you are eligible to apply. NSF and ATP-Bio is particularly interested in increasing the numbers of women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities in research. (Underrepresented minorities are African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders.) Students who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and first-generation college students, and those from institutions with few research opportunities are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Click here to learn more and apply.