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.

Internship History

Our internship program in the Loddenkemper Lab was founded in 2016. We pride ourselves on having a diverse group of interns from all backgrounds and interests. Since its conception, we have had 33 interns contribute valuable work to our research from 19 colleges and universities in seven states.


  • 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. Please confirm with your school that one of those options would be available to you.





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.
  • Aid in data entry by reviewing medical records.
  • 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.
  • Understand medical terminology by reviewing medical records.
  • Acquire strong organizational skills.
  • Obtain an understanding of how a research protocol progresses from beginning to end, including institutional review board (IRB) approval.
  • Develop interpersonal skills through interactions with patients and families.

How to Apply

The application for the Fall 2020 Internship Program will be open from June 22nd to July 3rd. Interested students should send a current resume and relevant cover letter to Teddy Sheehan (theodore.sheehan@childrens.harvard.edu). Any materials sent before or after the time-frame stated above, will not be reviewed.


COVID-19 Updates

The Loddenkemper Lab has successfully transitioned the internship program online with remote work. We are still able to accommodate students for their internships and will continue to do so in the future. For fall 2020 applicants, we do not yet know if internships will be completed in-person or remote. The application process will be the same regardless if the internship is remote or in-person.

If an applicant would like to request a remote-only internship, we will honor that request. This opens the door for internships to be completed from across the country. You do not have to be in the Boston area to complete a remote internship, however please be mindful of any time difference. If a remote-only internship is requested, applicants must have access to a laptop or desktop and an internet connection. 

If you would prefer an in-person internship, we cannot guarantee it will be possible at this time. However, the Loddenkemper Lab will continue following the guidelines set by Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as the student’s university, and update the nature of the program accordingly.