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 7 states.

The internship was designed to be a learning opportunity for our students. For this reason, all leaders of the program were once former interns in the lab who were hired back full-time to conduct research. We understand the work and contributions from our interns because we were once one of them.


  • 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 for the Spring 2020 Internship has now closed. For interested Summer 2020 students, that application will become available in mid-March 2020. For any questions, please contact Teddy Sheehan at theodore.sheehan@childrens.harvard.edu.