Loddenkemper Research Laboratory | Pediatric Epilepsy Research Internship

The Pediatric Epilepsy Research Internship provides undergraduate students the opportunity to supplement their coursework with first-hand experience in health care. This program offers students the unique opportunity to adapt their current strengths and acquire new skill sets that will prepare them for their future endeavors in health care.


  • Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree and enrolled at a four-year institution, preferably majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Psychology, Health Policy Management or related fields.
  • Must be in Junior or Senior year in college.
  • Please note: this is an unpaid internship through the hospital. Students must receive academic credit from their institution, or outside funding.





Internship Type




Hours per Week (schedule is flexible)

8 hours

8 hours

30 hours


What we are looking for in applicants

Boston Children’s Hospital expects that every employee, including interns, possess the following Core Standards:

  1. Excellence: Believes that expectations are meant to be exceeded.
  2. Courtesy and respect: Demonstrates friendliness, professionalism, empathy and compassion.
  3. Communication: Communicates clearly, honestly, listens carefully, and responds thoroughly and promptly.
  4. Enthusiasm: Is upbeat, positive, projects a professional image and always goes the extra mile.
  5. Teamwork: Works with others effectively and efficiently.
  6. Leadership: Takes initiative, creatively and collaboratively solves problems, and continuously searches for ways to make improvements that advance the hospital’s mission of patient care, research, education and community.
Intern duties
  • Provide administrative support to research coordinators.
  • Enter and prepare research study data in various databases.
  • Assist research coordinators in preparing and conducting research visits.
  • Help research coordinators enroll patients in a variety of research studies.

Internship outcomes

  • Learn how to utilize various databases such as REDCap and Excel.
  • Develop interpersonal skills through interactions with patients and families.
  • Become certified in Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training.
  • Acquire strong organizational skills.
  • Obtain an understanding of how a research protocol progresses from beginning to end, including institutional review board (IRB) approval.

How to apply

The application cycle for the Spring 2020 internship will open in October. Interested Spring 2020 students should send a relevant cover letter and current resume to Teddy Sheehan at theodore.sheehan@childrens.harvard.edu in October. All materials sent before this time will not be reviewed.