Thank you for your interest in volunteering for HPREP!

We are not currently accepting new volunteers for the 2017-2018 season. If you are a graduate, medical, dental, or public health student, or post-doc interested in volunteering for the 2018-2019 season, please email hprep@hms.havard.edu.

Volunteer Roles


  • Mentors: guide the students on various tasks from improving personal statements, to preparing for their final presentation. Each HPREP student is paired with a Harvard graduate/medical student for one-on-one mentoring at the end of each HPREP day.
  • Group Leaders: manage and facilitate a small group of mentor-mentee pairs through group activities.


  • Developers: shape the learning points of each lecture and guide the teachers to best present the material.
  • Teachers: create and present the curriculum materials to the students via lectures and hands-on labs.
  • Facilitators: assist the developers and teachers in anything necessary to make the lectures and labs successful.
  • Special Events Coordinators: plan, organize and execute HPREP special events from volunteer recruitment to career fair to the opening and closing ceremonies.
  • Logistics Coordinators: handle the day-to-day aspects of each HPREP session from ensuring volunteers and speakers are at the correct places to ordering supplies and food.

Other HPREP Roles

  • Application Readers: read and score applications from Boston-area high school students. This is an incredible opportunity to get to know the HPREP demographics, hone your objective reading skills and become humbled by some of the obstacles our students overcome to be successful.
  • Finance: creates and manages the HPREP budget, solicits donations from departments at HMS and applies to external grants.
  • Media: maintains the website and twitter feed as well as documents the HPREP experience via photography and videography.
  • Outreach: maintains contact with HPREP alumni and tracks various metrics of HPREP programming success.


BBS TA Requirement

HMS graduate students in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) program are able to receive TA credit for volunteering with HPREP. BBS required 60 hours of work. To fulfill the requirement, we ask that volunteers:

  • Contribute as full-time mentors for at least two years, OR
  • Serve as a mentor for one year in addition to another role, such as teaching or helping a teacher facilitate a session, OR
  • Serve on the core committee for one year

Please direct all questions regarding the TA credit requirements and paperwork to Brittany Michel at hprep@hms.harvard.edu.