PFC Student Internship Applications Due in 1 Week!

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy,
Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
Call for Applications
Student Internship Program


The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is seeking student interns for the upcoming academic year beginning in September 2013.   Full-year availability is preferred, but single-term internships will be considered on an individual basis; please indicate your preference in your application materials. We are not currently accepting applications for Summer 2013, but may consider extension through Summer 2014 if there is mutual interest.

Who is eligible?

Harvard undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in the Center’s work are eligible to apply. More information about the Center is available here. The internship is open to students in all disciplines, but we particularly welcome applications from students studying health policy, philosophy, bioethics, law, medicine, business economics, and the sciences.  We are also interested in receiving applications from students interested in technology and communications, as we plan to substantially update and expand our Internet presence and social media strategy.

What will the internship entail?

The PFC Student Internship involves two primary components:

1. Student interns must commit to attend the Center’s events (exceptions only for class conflicts or with prior approval).  These events include:

  • The Health Law Policy and Bioethics Workshop at Harvard Law School, which is held from 5-7 pm over several Mondays each term (exact dates and speakers will be released shortly)
  • Various programs throughout the year, ranging from invited lectures and lunchtime panels (usually held from 12-1:30 pm) to major conferences
  • Required monthly intern meetings, which will be regularly scheduled for a mutually convenient time

2. Under the supervision of the Executive Director and Administrative Director, interns will assist with various Center projects, such as:

  • Blog development and regular posting at Bill of Health, including “Weekly Round-ups” of relevant news stories and Twitter feeds, as well as substantive topical posts
  • Website updating and content development, including identification of key topical resources for those interested in the field, career-related resources, and relevant programs, centers, courses, etc. around Harvard and beyond
  • Research assistance, including literature reviews, assistance with book proposals, support of sponsored projects, etc.
  • Reporting on Center events, and assistance with event planning, coordination, and advertising
  • Development of the Petrie-Flom Center’s social media presence
  • Development of relevant contact lists for Center communications
  • Tracking news related to the Center and its areas of interest

The internship is unpaid.  However, students eligible for work-study may be able to use the internship for that purpose; please discuss with us in advance.

Hours will vary depending on available projects and the student’s schedule.  In most cases, interns will devote about 6-8 hours per week to Center projects, exclusive of attendance at various events.  Occasionally, work will need to be assigned and completed on a short turn-around time, but there will usually be flexibility.  Tasks will be assigned based on student ability, expertise, and interest, as well as the Center’s needs.  At the end of the internship term, interns will receive a certificate recognizing their successful completion.

Please note that the student internship is distinct from the Petrie-Flom Center Student Fellowship Program, which also entails participation in Center events, but requires completion of a piece of independent scholarship.  The Student Fellowship, in contrast to the internship, is open only to Harvard graduate students.  More information on the fellowship program is available here:

How to Apply?

To apply to the Petrie-Flom Center Student Internship Program, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or curriculum vitae
  2. Academic transcript (unofficial is fine)
  3. Statement of interest and relevant background (two or three paragraphs; please indicate if you have particular expertise or experience related to the tasks described above, as well as if you are available for the full year or only one semester)
  4. Optional: short writing sample

Materials should be submitted to no later than May 31, 2013.

Please contact Holly Fernandez Lynch, Executive Director,, with any questions.

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