Application Instructions

2022 Application Instructions

Research & Internships: Application Instructions

How to Apply:

1) Visit the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) site and find the Harvard Global Health Institute (Research & Internships) funding source.

2) Complete all the required fields in CARAT.

3) Upload the following four documents in PDF format:

A. Personal Statement (500 word max)

This is your cover letter, so please articulate why you want this position, how this experience will enhance your learning, and the ways you see it connecting to your future goals. Be specific! This should include details about the skills you’ll bring to this specific position and include examples from relevant experiences. This should not be a narrative essay or academic paper. Some organizations ask that you address specific topics in your personal statement, so please make sure to check the position description for any specific application instructions.

Address your statement to the “Selection Committee” and include a heading in the following format at the top:

        • First and Last name & Graduation Year
        • Concentration & Secondary Field, if applicable
        • The name of the organization or lab to which you are applying

B. Resume (1-2 pages)

C. Unofficial transcript

Obtain a copy of your latest online unofficial transcript including your fall course grades. To access your unofficial transcript:

        • Login to harvard.edu.
        • Select Student Home at the top of the page.
        • Under Grades, select Current Level, and then select View Unofficial Transcript.
        • In the Academic Institution drop down menu, select Harvard University.
        • In the Report Type drop down menu, select Harvard College.
        • Click View Report.
        • Your Unofficial Transcript should open. (If you have a pop-up blocker, you may have to disable it to allow this page to open.)
        • Download and save in pdf format.

D. References

You must provide two references, who may be contacted during the internship selection process to comment on your candidacy. We recommend choosing:

      1. One academic reference: This should be from a faculty member, TF, Proctor/Tutor, RD, etc. who can comment on your academic initiative, interests, and competencies.
      2. One professional reference: This should be someone who knows you in a professional capacity and who can comment in detail about the positive skills and traits you possess.

You can use this template or upload another document, but for each reference, you MUST provide the following information:

        • Recommender’s Name
        • Recommender’s Position and Title, if relevant
        • Recommender’s Organization
        • Recommender’s Email Address (this should be their professional address, whenever possible, versus a gmail or other free address)
        • Recommender’s Telephone Number
        • 1-2 sentences about the capacity in which you know your recommender.

Please notify your references that they may be contacted in February or March by our internship host organizations regarding your candidacy. If you would like to provide additional references, you are welcome to do so, though we do not recommend exceeding four.

4) Submit!

Important note: All application materials must be submitted to HGHI, and contacting organizations directly during the application and selection process is prohibited. Circumventing HGHI’s selection process may result in the withdrawal of your application from consideration.

If you have questions, please see these FAQs; you can also contact Emily Maguire. For help with your cover letter and resume, please refer to these resources from OCS.

Research & Internships: Selection Process and Timeline

Selection Process and Timeline:

  1. Each application is read by a committee at HGHI that makes the first round of decisions and narrows the pool to the top candidates. Generally, there are about 5 finalists for each internship. Applications are evaluated based on your:
      • Personal statement and whether you make a convincing argument for why the internship is a good fit;
      • Resume and whether you demonstrate that you have the experience to complete the tasks of the internship;
      • Transcript and the connection between your coursework and the skills needed by the organization;
  1. All applicants will be notified at the end of February if they are a finalist or not.
  1. Once finalists are selected, the host organization will review applications and decide who they want to contact for interviews. Interviews occur in March. There is a short turn-around time for interviews, so if you are selected as a finalist, it’s important that you respond to interview requests quickly. Organizations may or may not contact your references at this point. 

Note on interviews: Each organization has their own internal selection process, which means you may not be called for an interview, even if you are a finalist. It also means that some organizations will contact you faster than others, so don’t worry if you don’t hear from organizations at the same time as other applicants.

  1. HGHI will make offers via email beginning in mid-March, and students will have three days to accept or decline the position.

Note on acceptance timeline: We understand that 3 days is not a lot of time to make a decision, especially if you are waiting to hear about other offers. As much as we would like to be able to give everyone more time, we cannot allow individuals to hold an offer for an extended period of time, as this is not fair to the other students who are also waiting to hear about the same position. If this situation arises for you, please let us know if there is any additional information we can provide that will make your decision easier, and we will do our best to help.

  1. Students who do not receive offers will be notified on a rolling basis as decisions are made. All applicants should hear results by the end of April.

Note on Offers: If you are a finalist for multiple internships, once you accept a position, you will be automatically withdrawn from consideration for other internships.

  1. Once a student has accepted a position, they should begin working on the program requirements immediately to ensure they meet the deadlines to receive funding.
Independent Funding: Application Instructions

IMPORTANT: You should enter your recommender in CARAT before starting any other application materials. Ask your recommender in advance, and complete the Reference part of CARAT as soon as possible so that your recommender has all the instructions for submitting the letter, which is due by the application deadline.

How to Apply:

1) Visit the Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT) site and find the Harvard Global Health Institute Funding for Independent Projects and Internships funding source

2) Complete all of the required fields in CARAT, including the budget section.

If you don’t know your available dates yet, you can enter June 1st for a start date and August 15th for an end date. (This is not exact and is just for the purposes of the application.)

3) Provide one reference:

In CARAT, you will be asked to indicate one recommender. It is best to ask someone who knows you well and can comment about your performance in a context similar to the internship or research placement you are seeking, therefore:

If you are applying for funding for a research-related role, your letter of recommendation should be from a faculty member, TF, Proctor/Tutor, RD, etc. who can comment on your academic initiative, interests, and competencies.

If you are applying for funding for an internship or volunteer role, your recommendation should be from someone who knows you in a professional capacity and who can comment in detail about the positive skills and traits you possess.

Do not submit a reference from a family member.

Below are instructions on how to enter a reference request, and additional instructions are also available directly in CARAT:

    • If your recommender is a Harvard affiliate, search for them by their last name, and their information will auto-populate when you click “enter.” If your recommender is outside of Harvard, manually completed the name, title, and email fields.
    • Once your recommender’s information is entered, click the “Send reference request” button that appears.
    • CARAT will send an email request to your recommender with a URL link, which will bring them to a page in CARAT where they may upload a PDF letter of reference. The deadline for the letter is the same as the application deadline

4) Upload the following four documents in PDF format:

A) Personal statement (750 word max) Please articulate why you want this position, how your former experiences have inspired you to pursue this type of summer experience, how this experience will enhance your learning, and the ways you see it connecting to your future goals. Be specific!

    • For internships, please describe the internship or type of work you will be pursuing and how this experience will further your personal and professional goals.
    • For research, please describe the research question or problem you will be exploring, the advisor(s) you plan to work with, the types of methods that you plan to employ, and why you feel this project is important.
    • If you plan to volunteer, please describe the types of projects you plan to work on, and how you think you will grow personally and academically through the experience.

Please address your Personal Statement to the “Selection Committee” and include a heading in the following format at the top:

    • Name and Graduation Year
    • Concentration and Secondary Field, if applicable
    • The name of the organization to which you are applying

B) Resume (1-2 pages)

C) Unofficial transcript

Obtain a copy of your latest online unofficial transcript including your fall course grades. To access your unofficial transcript:

    • Login to harvard.edu.
    • Select Student Home at the top of the page.
    • Under Grades, select Current Level, and then select View Unofficial Transcript.
    • In the Academic Institution drop down menu, select Harvard University.
    • In the Report Type drop down menu, select Harvard College.
    • Click View Report.
    • Your Unofficial Transcript should open. (If you have a pop-up blocker, you may have to disable it to allow this page to open.)
    • Download and save in pdf format.

D) Proof of acceptance to the program or organization with which you will be working (If you have applied but have not yet been accepted, upload a sheet with the approximate date of the application results.)

Submit!

If you have questions, please see these FAQs; you can also contact Emily Maguire. For help with your cover letter and resume, please refer to these resources from OCS.

Independent Funding: Selection Process and Timeline

Selection Process and Timeline:

  • Each application is read by a committee at HGHI.
  • Most decisions are made without interviews, but some applicants may be asked to come for an in-person interview in February or March.
  • Final decisions will be announced via email in mid to late March, and students will have one week to accept or decline the award.

PDF Versions of these instructions are available here:

Please Note:

Given the ongoing uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic, HGHI is planning for a hybrid model for summer 2022 internships. Please check each internship description for more details about that internship location. More information can also be found in the Program Overview.

As of December 2021, Harvard’s COVID travel policy states that students who are fully vaccinated are able to travel both domestically and internationally (providing they adhere to all host-country requirements, and to Harvard’s student international travel policies). Unvaccinated students may petition the University to travel both internationally and domestically for in-person internships. There is more information about that petition process here. All students are eligible for remote internships.