Internship Opportunities

The MGH Nerve Unit in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital has opportunities for internships. We focus on peripheral nerve problems, including small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN). We also study spine, and sensory and autonomic problems. As an in intern in the Nerve Unit, you will have the opportunity to:

  • learn laboratory methods, including DNA extraction and blood biobanking;
  • help recruit potential research subjects by phone and in person in the clinic;
  • observe and assist with human studies involving autonomic function testing, Sudoscan, and pupillometry;
  • help administering research questionnaires;
  • observe clinical visits and interact with patients;
  • attend laboratory meetings and present research progress to the group;
  • work in laboratory and clinical settings on the Main Campus of Massachusetts General Hospital;
  • attend lectures given by HMS professors and guest speakers at MGH;
  • work on an independent research project with the guidance of the principal investigator;
  • gain experience using medical software (Epic) and Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word).

Application preferences:

Our internship program is intended for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the fields of medicine, bioscience, epidemiology, data science, or other related laboratory sciences. However, anyone with an interest in neurology and clinical research is encouraged to apply. Please see application details below:

Required qualifications:

  • Anticipated degree in biology, neuroscience, chemistry, epidemiology, or related field required
  • Those entering their junior or senior year preferred

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous experience interacting with hospital patients and/or research subjects
  • Experience with patient confidentiality (HIPAA)

Submit resume and cover letter to Gary Zirpoli at

Call 617-726-9391 for more information.

See a list of current and previous interns.