Summer Scholars

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

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

Clinical and non-clinical shadowing opportunities may be available across a variety of departments. You are paired with a healthcare professional and may get a chance to observe morning report on an inpatient unit, an outpatient clinic, a busy emergency room, diagnostic test, or even a surgery.

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 an undergraduate program for the 2023-2024 academic year
  • Articulated interest in health care, public health or medical research as a career option (see application below)
  • Resident of Franklin, Hampshire, or Hampden counties in Massachusetts


  • Graduate of a public school supporting residents of Springfield, Massachusetts (e.g., district school, charter, school choice)
  • Previous participant in the Baystate 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.


The Baystate Summer Scholars program aims to introduce you to a career in health care by providing you with:
  • Exposure to research design and conduct associated with 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


  • Paid interns will be hired as per diem employees and eligible to earn up to a maximum of $5,100 over the 10-week period.


  • Baystate Medical Center does not offer housing. Parking is available at no charge (requires taking a shuttle).


To apply to the 2023 Summer Scholars program:


Please contact Peter Blain, Program Manager, with any questions: 413-794-1671

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