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Preprofessional Opportunities

Joslin Diabetes Center - Summer Student Research Internship


Category: Summer
Type: Research
Location: Boston Massachusetts
Deadline: Mid January


To be eligible for the stipend, students must be: ● Citizens or permanent residents of the US ● Enrolled and in good standing and must have completed at least one quarter in a program leading to (1) a clinical doctorate or a masters or doctorate degree in a physical or quantitative science, such as physics, mathematics or engineering (for the training grant positions), or (2) enrolled and in good standing in medical, dental, PharmD or other health professional program. For the undergraduate positions, students must be enrolled in and completed at least one quarter in an undergraduate program. ● Individuals already holding a research doctorate or master’s degree, or a combined professional and research doctorate normally are not eligible for short-term training positions. To be considered for these funded positions, students need to apply to the Joslin program (via this website). We strongly encourage medical students to also apply to the NIDDK program at, where they should indicate Joslin as their internship site. Students not accepted for or eligible for a funded position will be automatically considered for a volunteer position if so desired. Please note that the program is unable to assist with travel or housing arrangements for students.


The Joslin Summer Research Student Internship Program provides 10-12 weeks of practical exposure to diabetes-related biomedical research, ranging from clinically focused to basic science investigation. In addition to direct laboratory experience and interactions with Joslin investigators, students participate in didactic sessions related to diabetes pathophysiology and treatment. During the course of the program, participants present results from their research efforts to their student colleagues and Joslin research staff. 

The 2020 Joslin Internship Program will offer a total of 12 funded positions:   

  • Two positions are for current medical students, dental students, students in other health-professional graduate programs, and graduate students in the physical or quantitative sciences.
  • An additional four positions are available to undergraduate students. To apply for these positions, please complete the Joslin online application below.
  • Six positions at Joslin are available for medical students through the NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes; please see their website for details and online application. We encourage interested students to apply via both mechanisms and to indicate Joslin as the desired internship site.