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Summer Scholars Program

This opportunity offers you the possibility to engage in a variety of hands-on activities such as:

  • Participation in a mentored research project
  • Project-based research methodology instruction
  • Clinical and non-clinical observations

Clinical and non-clinical shadowing opportunities may be available across a variety of departments. You are paired with a public health or health care professional to learn about different areas of health care. Opportunities to participate in the simulation center may also be available.

The mentored project will pair you with an employee or partner organization engaged in their own research or quality improvement project. You may assist in a range of study activities such as, protocol development, building a database, data entry, or data analysis.



  • Entering your junior or senior year in a four-year undergraduate program for the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Expressed an interest in health care, public health or medical research as a career option (see application)
  • Resident of Hampden or Hampshire County in Massachusetts


  • Resident of Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Previous participant in Baystate's Summer Academy
  • Previous connection to and/or participation in Baystate Health-sponsored activities or programs

Note: While academic record is considered in the review process, it is not a primary criterion.

Program Goals

The Baystate Summer Scholars program aims to introduce you to a career in health care by providing you with:

  • Exposure to designing and conducting research related to medicine, public health, or population-based health care
  • Practical experience in one or more phases of research or quality improvement. Completion of a designed project that stands alone or is a subset of a larger research initiative.
  • Clinical observations across a variety of disciplines and specialties
  • An environment where you can interact with other students to address research questions and that promotes independent, self-directed learning

2019 Program Dates and Time Commitment

  • Monday, June 3 through Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • You must be available for up to 32 hours per week Monday through Thursday during the dates of the program.
  • Must successfully complete the hiring process by the assigned date to continue with the program.
  • Students studying abroad for the Spring semester must be able to begin on the program start date. Starting dates will not be modified. (See hiring process requirement above.)


  • Participants will be hired as per diem employees and eligible to earn up to a maximum of $4,100 is over the 10-week period.


  • Parking is available at no charge.

Application Process

  • Submit the online application (Applications for 2019 are closed.)

Contact Us

Please contact Peter Blain, Program Coordinator, with any questions: