Internships and Experiential Learning

At MCPHS, we understand the importance of hands-on experience and are committed to providing our students with real-world experiences in their chosen fields. Programs with clinical placement components already require experiential learning as part of their program’s curriculum. Non-clinical programs provide the opportunity for internships, research assistantships, field placements, independent study, and work-study. Many non-clinical programs require these learning experiences as part of the curriculum. This commitment is not just a promise but part of our Strategic Priorities of Student Success and Student Experience.

Internships typically commence after the 2nd year of your program. This timing is carefully chosen to provide you with the necessary academic foundation before embarking on your internship journey. 

What You Can Expect

Before your internship, you'll have the opportunity to participate in seminars and workshops that will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for a successful internship.

Our annual Career Fairs in the spring semester on the Boston campus provide a platform for you to connect with regional corporate partners, alumni, and representatives from various healthcare organizations and corporations. This is a fantastic opportunity to network and explore potential internship options.

Our dedicated internship unit within the Career Development Center will provide you with the guidance and support you need to secure internships that align with your career goals.

Your internship choices are vast, including external placements in industry and healthcare, internal placements within various University offices and academic programs, and research opportunities in world-renowned academic medical and research centers.

Representative Experiential Learning Partner Companies

  • Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation
  • Allston Brighton Health Collaborative
  • Bay State Physical Therapy (Boston Whittier, Brookline, South End, and West Roxbury)
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)
  • Beth Israel Lahey Behavioral Health
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Boston Police
  • Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Delaware Valley Community Health Inc.
  • Fenway Health
  • Florida Department of Health- Palm Beach County
  • Franciscan Children's Hospital
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • Harvard University
  • Islamic Society of Baltimore
  • Longwood Hospice
  • Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery
  • Nashua School District
  • NDC Naval Dental Center
  • Oregon Health Authority
  • Plainville Public Schools
  • Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
  • Shriners Hospital for Children Philadelphia
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Tufts School of Dental Medicine
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center
  • Vertex Pharmaceutical
  • Watertown Health Department

Representative Recent Research Internship Examples

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Newborn Developmental Biology Lab Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Program of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Zhang Lab Boston Children Hospital
  • Department of Gastroenterology, Kokkotou Lab Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Department of Immunology, Chiu Lab Harvard Medical School
  • Department of Pediatric Oncology, Crompton Lab Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Department of Psychiatry, UMass MIND UMass Chan Medical School
  • Department of Neurology, Khurana lab Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Supportive Living, Inc., Neuro-Wellness Institute

Your Future Begins Here

MCPHS believes in the power of real-world experiences to shape your future. Our experiential learning program is not just about academic excellence but also about practical, hands-on experience that prepares you for the workforce. We are committed to your success and are excited to be part of your journey.

Ready to embark on your internship adventure? Prospective students should talk to an Admissions Counselor or contact, and current students should contact to learn about the variety of internships and other experiential education opportunities available to propel you on the path to a high-value job.

News & Features

MCPHS students are making strides in the life and health sciences, whether they are in the lab, clinic, or working in remote areas of the world. Our internship opportunities give students the chance to gain hands-on experience that prepares them for their future careers. Keep up with the latest news on how our students are advancing knowledge, innovation, and practice in their fields.

“I can go to patient visits and do symptoms surveys. I hadn't thought about working with children before, but now I think it's a really meaningful thing to do. Adults can say for themselves what they want for their care, but a lot of times children don't understand. It's really important to try and advocate for them,”

Angela DeVietro | BS Medical and Molecular Biology