Little Devices Lab at MIT

“Walking into the lab on day one was sensory overload, so many interesting things going on in one space.” - Kaira Lujan, ‘16

Key Information:

Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Audience: Undergraduate

Term and Duration: 18X

Application Deadline: February 16, 2018, 5:00pm

Organization Description:

The Little Devices Lab at MIT uses breakthroughs in empowerment technologies to improve health outcomes across the world. Under the direction of José Gómez-Márquez, researchers at MIT are exploring design invention and policy spaces for DIY health technologies around the world. Little Devices researchers employ adaptive technologies, transforming toys, and even modifying everyday tools into healthcare devices which can be used in low-resource settings. The lab is a pioneer in the fields of user-generated medical technology and construction set design theory. The award-winning group’s research portfolio includes medical device construction sets, crowd-sourced diagnostics, paper microfluidics, reconfigurable rapid tests, and surgical accessories for extreme environments.

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Program Features and Opportunities:

As an intern and member of the research team at the Little Devices Lab, one student will have the opportunity to engage with staff members and work on a variety of interdisciplinary projects. The selected undergraduate will be working at the intersection of global health, medicine, engineering, and biology, to find simple solutions to complex health care delivery challenges. Under the guidance of project supervisors, the intern will be a part of an interactive team. In the lab setting, the intern can expect to learn a diverse set of new skills, and help create technologies by hand. In the past interns have been involved in helping created a robot using Lego-Mindstorms, installing and using a desktop mill, creating a mini-diagnostic test, laser cutting parts, and assembling prototypes of portable environmental testing kits. Past student interns have been highly involved in the creation of a diverse range of technologies. During the Summer in Cambridge, interns will be challenged to adapt in a fast-paced and cutting-edge innovative technological lab.

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Who should apply?

Currently enrolled undergraduates in all majors are eligible to apply for this internship. Students who apply should have a passionate interest in global public health, health technology, health policy, and design and innovation. The chosen students are expected to be highly adaptable and to be prepared to take on new assignments or shift focus based on supervisor feedback. Students are required to be able to work independently and demonstrate strong initiative and motivation. A background or interest in engineering or biomedical technology is encouraged but not required for this position.

How to apply:

Students interested in undertaking an internship must submit a Global Health Internship Program Application. An updated application and full list of opportunities will be available in early January.

Please direct questions about the program to Anne Sosin, Global Health Initiative Program Manager.


Friday, February 16, 2018 - 5:00am
Fund type: 
The John Sloan Dickey Center