Summer Internship for High School Students

Overview & Application Information

Application Requirements

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Recommendation

Dates

  • April 1 – All materials due
  • Late April – Phone Interview for top candidates
  • Early May – Notice of first acceptances
  • Mid-May – Notice to those on wait list

Contact

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

 

OVERVIEW

Rising high school seniors will get six weeks of hands-on experience at the Partners HealthCare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine’s cutting-edge research and clinical testing facilities. The goal is to give students analytical and research experience from which they will gain laboratory or genetics-related information technology skills that they may then apply in their senior year in high school and beyond.

LOGISTICS

The program will take place in the summer of 2015 at 65 Landsdowne Street, Cambridge, MA. Interns will be expected to work Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except July 4) and are responsible for their own transportation.

REQUIREMENTS

We are looking for one to two rising high school seniors (current juniors) 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 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

Dates

  • April 1 – all materials due
  • Late April – Phone Interview
  • Early May – Notice of first acceptances
  • Mid-May – Notice to those on wait list

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.

CHOICES

Applicants must give their preference for one of the following internship choices during the phone interview – 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 transferring DNA samples from the LMM into the BSF system to establish an improved tracking system.  In addition, the intern will accession incoming blood samples into the database, 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 mutations 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.

CONTACT

Contact Amy McGlinn at amcglinn@partners.org.
 


Frequently Asked Questions

OVERVIEW

Rising high school seniors will get six weeks of hands-on experience at the Partners HealthCare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine’s cutting-edge research and clinical testing facilities. The goal is to give students analytical and research experience from which they will gain laboratory skills that they may then apply in their senior year in high school and beyond.

ABSENCE

The lab will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. 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).

CONTACT

If interns need to be reached, they may be called at their desks (interns should check with their supervisor about which phone to use).  They may also be reached by calling Amy Brainerd, the Administrative Assistant, at 617-768-8482.

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. Proceed up the elevator to the third floor. Turn right out of the elevators and right again down a long hall. Continue to follow the hall to the end at suite 338. Knock on the door and someone will open it.

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 lunch from Bytes right next to our building or at the Shaw’s Supermarket a block away. There are also many options a few blocks away on Massachusetts Avenue. 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 in May or June for about three hours before they begin the internship.  This will be scheduled once the interns have been confirmed.  On Monday, June 24, 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.

PLACEMENT

Interns will be placed in one of these groups.  There will be one or two interns.

Laboratory for Molecular Medicine (LMM) & BioSample Services Facility (BSF)

Responsibilities will include transferring DNA samples from the LMM into the BSF system to establish an improved tracking system.  In addition, the intern will accession incoming blood samples into the database, 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 mutations 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.  

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 or 617-525-4483.

SCHEDULE

The Internship begins Monday, June 24 and ends Friday, August 2. 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. The lab will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. 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 is a parking garage at 80 Landsdowne Street where the validated rate is $18/day. It is sometimes possible to find street parking as well.