College Laboratory Internships

The Center may host college students for laboratory internships during the summer. The internships may last anywhere from six to ten weeks, or in special occasion available for a gap year. Internships may be available in the laboratory or office environment, depending on the Center’s needs and student interest.

Application Requirements

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Recommendation

Application Deadline

  • All application material must be turned in on or before March 1st.
  • Applicants chosen for internship placement will be contacted by March 15th.

Contact

Contact Amy McGlinn with any questions at amcglinn@partners.org.
 

REQUIREMENTS

Qualified applicants should be college students with a strong biology background who are very serious about their academics and the opportunity to work in PCPGM’s laboratory. Those students who are enthusiastic and outgoing, can work easily with others and are organized with good attention to detail will be the best fit for these internships.

APPLICATION

The cover letter should explain why you would like to intern at PCPGM. All materials should be sent to Amy McGlinn at amcglinn@partners.org. Alternatively, materials may be sent to Amy McGlinn via fax (617-525-4488) or mail (77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Suite 250, Boston, MA 02115).

Application Requirements

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Recommendation
  • Phone Interview

CHOICES

Applicants must give their preference for one of the following internship choices in their cover letters – Laboratory for Molecular Medicine (LMM) & BioSample Services Facility (BSF) or DNA Sequencing, Genotyping & Microarray. Internships will be offered in only these groups.

Laboratory for Molecular Medicine (LMM) & BioSample Services Facility (BSF)
Responsibilities will include but are not limited to, transferring DNA samples from the LMM into the BSF system to establish an improved tracking system. Intern will prepare dilutions of the DNA, run the spectrophotometer to determine the DNA purity and concentration, and set up the daughter-tube machine. The intern will also participate in general laboratory setup and maintenance, including such tasks as making buffers and using the computer-based inventory system. The intern will have a computer and desk space in the laboratory. Learn more at the LMM website and the BSF website.
DNA Sequencing, Genotyping & Microarray
Responsibilities will include performing PCR (polymerase chain reaction), finding, analyzing, and confirming variants using basic sequence analysis tools and genotyping SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms). The intern will also participate in general laboratory setup and maintenance, including such tasks as making buffers and using the computer-based inventory system. The intern will have a computer and desk space in the laboratory. Learn more at the Research Services website.

TRAINING

The internships will begin with orientation and safety instruction. There will be a period of training, including shadowing and working side-by-side with a staff member, after which the interns will be given more responsibility and independence as they are ready. 

MEETINGS 

Interns will attend regular lab meetings. Interns should try to participate in at least one relevant seminar per week at Harvard Medical School or one of the area teaching hospitals (e.g. MGH, BWH, etc.). The internship will conclude with a lunch meeting where each intern will summarize what she/he has learned in a presentation.


 

Frequently Asked Questions
 

ABSENCE

The lab will be closed on designated hospital holidays. In addition, interns will be allowed one other absence (up to one full day) to be used for appointments, sickness, vacation, etc. as long as the intern’s manager approves the request in advance (except when advanced notice is not possible in the case of a sick day).

ATTIRE

Interns are expected to maintain appropriate appearance, dress and cleanliness. Although the lab setting is often a casual environment, interns are still expected to present a neat and well groomed appearance. Open-toed shoes, flip flops, shorts and short skirts are not allowed in the lab for safety reasons.

BUILDING

The Partners Research Building that houses PCPGM is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interns will only enter the building during their regular work hours when a supervisor is present and should stay within PCPGM’s lab and office space (suites 338/350).

DIRECTIONS

PCPGM is located at 65 Landsdowne Street in Cambridge, MA. (Please note that this is different from Landsdowne Street near Fenway Park in Boston.) Directions can be found on our website on the Directions page. Once you reach the building, enter through the front entrance facing the rock garden. Check in at the security desk in the foyer.

EMAIL

Interns will be provided with a Partners email address. To access the account, logon to any Partners workstation (almost any computer at the Center) with User Name and Password, and go to Start, Partners Applications and Microsoft Outlook. Email may also be accessed from a non-Partners computer by going to www.partners.org/email and logging on with User Name and Password.

HOUSING

Interns are responsible for arranging their living situation for the summer.

IDENTIFICATION

Interns will receive a Brigham and Women’s Hospital photo ID during orientation that they should have on them at all times. They will need this ID to enter the building through security.

MEALS

There is a lunch room attached to the lab with refrigerators, a microwave and a water cooler. Interns may purchase or bring in their own lunch. All food must be covered when bringing it through the lab to the lunch room.

MEETINGS

Interns will attend regular lab meetings. Interns should participate in at least one relevant seminar per week at Harvard Medical School or one of the area teaching hospitals (e.g. MGH, BWH, etc.). The internship will conclude with a lunch meeting where each intern will make a presentation.

ORIENTATION

Interns must attend a Staff Orientation session at Brigham and Women's Hospital for about three hours before they begin the internship. This will be scheduled once the interns have been confirmed. Interns should arrive at the Genome Center at 9:00 a.m. They will have orientation with the program coordinator, a brief tour of the facilities and will begin their internship immediately afterward.

PRESENTATION

During the last week of the internship, each intern will make a presentation of approximately ten minutes to all the interns and staff members in their groups during one final meeting. This presentation will summarize what the intern has learned during the internship and should include some kind of visual aid, such as a PowerPoint presentation, poster or “chalk talk”.

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator, Amy McGlinn, at amcglinn@partners.org.

SCHEDULE

Interns are expected to work Monday through Friday for eight hours each day. Their schedule will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break, but may be adjusted somewhat at the discretion of their supervisor. Supervisors have the option to offer an extension to the internship of one or more weeks with no additional stipend. The intern has the option to accept this extension but is not obligated to do so. All policies that applied during the initial six weeks will also apply to any extended period.

STAFF

Meet the staff you will be working with at PCPGM at the Contact Us page. Click on any group on the left for names, photos and titles of our staff members.

TRAINING

The internships will begin with orientation and safety instruction. There will be a period of training, including shadowing and working side-by-side with a staff member, after which the interns will be given more responsibility and independence as they are ready.

TRANSPORTATION

Interns must arrange for their own transportation to and from the lab each day. There are shuttles that travel between the Partners HealthCare hospitals and locations frequently during the work day that interns may use. The closest MBTA station is the Central Square Station where the Red Line stops. There are parking garages near Landsdowne Street available for charge per day. It is sometimes possible to find metered street parking as well.