FAQ

DaRin Butz Foundation Research Internship Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for an internship?
To apply students must be:

  • enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in the life sciences
  • may be part-time or full-time in program leading to a baccalaureate or associates degree
  • must be enrolled at the time of application
  • must be authorized to work in the US

High school graduates who have not yet enrolled in a undergraduate degree program and students who have already received their undergraduate degree at the time of application are not eligible to apply.

Am I required to be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident?
No, but the internship is contingent upon your ability to demonstrate employment authorization in the U.S. Since every situation is different and may have different requirements, you should ask your school’s International Office for advice as soon as possible.
What if I need to arrive late or leave early?
Interns are expected to work at least 40 hours per week for the entire ten-week term. Interns must starting on the program start date and stay until the program end date. Vacations are not permitted during the 10-week program (except for official Harvard-wide holidays).
How will I be notified if I am accepted into the program?
Applicants will be notified by email mid to late March.
Where is the internship located?
The Arboretum’s Weld Hill Research Facilities are located in the Boston neighborhood called Roslindale located at 1300 Centre St, Boston, MA 02131. Weld Hill is accessible by public transportation (directions).

Most interns will be based exclusively at Weld Hill. Some interns will work at Weld Hill at least 2-3 days per week, but may also spend time in the home labs of their advisors (Templer/Hutyra Labs at Boston University, Holbrook Lab in Cambridge, MA on the main Harvard campus, and Des Marais Lab at MIT in Cambridge).

Is housing provided?
We do not provide or locate housing for interns. We recommend visiting Craig’s List and searching under the “housing” heading. Explore the resources on Boston.com for more information on visiting or relocating to the Boston area.
Is travel covered?
No, interns are responsible for any relocation, housing, and commuter expenses.
Is health insurance provided?
No, health insurance is not provided by the program and interns are not covered by worker’s compensation. Interns should ensure that they have health insurance through their families or undergraduate program.
I have applied to the program previously, can I apply again?
Unsuccessful applicants may apply for the program again as long as they are still eligible. If you were accepted and participated in the program previously, you are not eligible to apply again.
Additional questions?
For additional questions about the internship or submission process, contact the selection committee (Email).