2018 Summer Internship in Biostatistics


Sure. You have heard of “data”. But have you heard of “Biostatistics”? Could it be the right career for you? Biostatistics is a field of quantitative and data science that provides you with the knowledge and skills to make useful sense of data you encounter in everyday life. With a focus on collaborative research studies that answer important scientific and public health questions, biostatisticians are the individuals behind the computation and communication of cutting edge scientific discoveries. Additionally, with its interdisciplinary nature, biostatistics also provides a perfect venue for you to learn about other areas of science, including, but not limited to, biology, medicine, human behaviors, the environment, the society, and etc. Moreover, career opportunities are abundant for people with sound biostatistics training. Fortune magazine recently ranked a graduate degree in Biostatistics as the #1 best degree to receive based on earning potential and job satisfaction.

Beginning in summer 2018, The Biostatistics Program at the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health & Health Sciences (SPHHS), will be awarding 6-9 summer internships to qualified undergraduate students seeking immersion in Biostatistics and Public Health. Each intern will work with and be supervised by a Biostatistics faculty member and will collaborate with graduate students from the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Interns will learn statistical methods, quantitative tools, computation or statistical software (such as R, SAS, Python, Stata), and applications of the tools to address real-world problems.

The internship will be 8-10 weeks long, and is composed of three major components:

  1. Participation in weekly lab meetings to see science happening
  2. Working with your faculty and graduate student mentors to conduct a literature review related to a scientific topic of interest for which we have data and experience.
  3. Strengthening your programming skills (e.g., via some targeted DataCamp tutorials), curating and analyzing data related to your literature review, and presenting it in some forum at the end of the internship.

We invite you to apply. Through the research experience, you can have an impact on science and public health, and also better prepare yourself for the next stage of training!

Eligibility: Undergraduate students heading into Junior or Senior years in Fall 2018 and in good academic standing; and having an interest in graduate study after obtaining the bachelor degree.

Funding: Interns are encouraged to obtain financial support from their home institutions. Limited funding on stipend may be available and will be determined after the interview.

Application materials:

  • Application form, including a paragraph of personal statement
  • One or two letters of reference
  • A transcript

Application process:

Step 1: Fill the application form online at goo.gl/n28cts

Step 2: Send the supporting materials to Ms. Deb. Osowski by Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.

Step 3: Selected students will receive an invitation for an interview within two weeks of the submission deadline, and final decisions will be made by Friday Dec. 29 2017.

For questions about the internship or application process, please email Dr. Xiangrong Kong.