BRI Undergraduate Research Summer Internship Program 2021

The internship programs hosted by the Brigham Research Institute provides undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge science laboratory.

Interns will have the opportunity to obtain a research training experience in a laboratory or research setting at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE (February 2021):

We are now accepting applications for a limited number of spots for the Summer 2021 program! Please see below and apply by March 1, 2021. We intend to hold the program in person, but will switch to virtual if necessary based on the evolution of the pandemic. Please contact with any questions. Thank you for your patience and understanding.



Applications Close: March 1, 2021
Supporting Materials Due: March 8, 2021
Decisions Announced: Mid-April 2021
Program Dates for Internship:  June 14 – August 6

Apply here.



  • Applicants must demonstrate a committed interest to pursue graduate study toward a PhD, MD or MD-PhD.
  • Applicants must currently be enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private college or university.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Applicants must be a US citizen or non-citizen national with a permanent residence visa.
  • Previous research experience in a biological laboratory is desirable, but not required.
  • Women and individuals who belong to a racial/ethnic population underrepresented in medicine (URM)* are encouraged to apply.

*Per AAMC guidelines, at BWH, underrepresented in medicine (URM) is defined as African American, Black, Latina/Latino, Alaskan/Hawaiian Native and Native American



  • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A copy of your transcripts to date.
  • A personal statement describing in <500 words:
    • Your educational and professional goals.
    • How participation in the BRI Summer Internship Program will assist in meeting your goals.
    • Your qualifications and reasons for wishing to participate in this program.
  • Two letters of recommendation and the contact information of two references.



Prepare and submit the online application here. The application cannot be saved in the portal. Please prepare all materials before submitting. 

Request your supporting materials and confirm they are to be received by our office by March 8, 2021 (one week after the application deadline):

  • An official copy of your transcript from your current undergraduate institution (If you have been at your current institution less than one year, please submit a transcript from your prior institution.)
    • eTranscripts may be submitted in the online application form or emailed to
  • Two letters of recommendation (you must make these requests) must be sent by the letter writer to

Apply to host a summer intern!


  • Assistant Professor or above
  • R01 or similar grant-funded
  • Must have a project that an intern could participate in virtually. We hope to hold the program in-person, but may have to move virtual on short notice.
  • Must be able to attend welcome lunch in June and final presentations in August

Apply here