Summer Internship 2019

Summer Research Intern (Graduate/Undergraduate) 

Category: Research
Location: Cambridge, MA
Department: Psychiatry - Office of Sponsored Research
Hours/Week: 24 - 32 hr/week

Health Equity Research Lab 

The Health Equity Research Lab (the Lab), based in the Department of Psychiatry of Cambridge Health Alliance, is an interdisciplinary group comprised of health services researchers and clinicians. The Lab is dedicated to conducting research to improve physical and mental health in diverse communities. Our areas of interest include but are not limited to behavioral health care quality and access disparities, smoking among those with mental illness, immigrant health and acculturation, criminal justice and mental health among racial/ethnic minority adolescents, transgender mental health, and using electronic health records to evaluate hospital interventions and predict re-hospitalizations and adverse health events. The Lab is closely aligned with the CHA mission of improving community health by ensuring the provision of services with a focus on mental health and health service delivery issues relevant to multicultural populations. The Lab is a facilitator for information exchange, bringing together people interested in multicultural health issues and training junior investigators in methods of measuring disparities and development of disparities-reducing interventions.​

Internship Details

We are seeking an intern for Summer 2019 to assist with upcoming projects. A list of projects can be found at: We will provide research mentorship and career guidance through members of our multidisciplinary research team.  ​

The ideal intern will have previous experience with public health, health policy, health economics, statistics, data science, or research in a related field. We are accepting applications from both graduate and undergraduate students.

Intern Responsibilities include: (1) coordinating research efforts across HER Lab investigators, (2) preparing materials for meetings and IRB submissions, (3) developing, editing, and submitting manuscripts for publication, data collection and data analysis, (4) recruiting patients for research evaluations, (5) maintaining and updating web and social media presence for the Lab.  Additionally, qualified interns may be assigned a subproject based on their unique experiences and the needs of the lab.

Minimum qualifications: Education or research experience in community or public health, health policy research, health economics, statistics, data science, or a related field; excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills; ability to work collaboratively and independently; enthusiasm and willingness to problem-solve; strong organizational skills and attention to detail; able to successfully manage multiple tasks at once; basic proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Preferred qualifications: Familiarity with Endnote, experience with SAS, STATA, or SPSS an asset; knowledge of research and evaluation methods an asset. Prior experience with quantitative or qualitative methods also preferred. As this position will likely require a fair amount of writing, we also seek candidates with excellent writing skills. Preference will be given to graduate students and undergraduate students with relevant experience. ​

Compensation: A stipend up to $2000. This is a part time (24 - 32 hours a week for up to 3 months) position. We can accommodate reasonable requests for start and end dates, but require a minimum 8 week commitment.

To apply: Please send the following documents to Frederick Lu ( by midnight, February 18th, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of 2/18/2019.

  1. A cover letter which describes your interest in the lab, relevant experience/qualifications, and proposed summer schedule, including weekly commitment + start/end dates. Identification of specific projects or researchers which you’d like to work with is preferred.
  2. A current resume or CV.
  3. A recent academic writing sample - if possible, please submit a paper which you were the sole author.

Please email Frederick Lu ( with any questions!

Past Interns

Health Equity Research Lab

1035 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor

Cambridge, MA 02141

phone: 617-806-8741

fax: 617-806-8740