“Thank you so much for this opportunity. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much and enjoyed working with everyone, both interns and residents. I will definitely be coming to visit over the school year. Thank you for giving me a summer I will never forget.”

– Divya, a Neuroscience and Psychology major at Brandeis University

Students gain valuable, hands-on education and experience through Supportive Living internships by assisting brain injury survivors in health and wellness programs in one-on-one and group settings.  Most interns major in Health Science, Exercise Science, Nutrition, Neuroscience or Public Health.  Through the internship program students can:

  • Integrate theoretical information with practical experience in professional settings involving direct interaction as a member of a health care team
  • Gain experience to advance your own career planning and expand career potential
  • Provide a public service to individuals with brain injury
  • Acquire relevant hands-on experience for applications to professional programs in physical therapy, physician assistant, nurse practitioner and other graduate/professional programs
  • Get exposure to other aspects of the community care setting such as business, legal, insurance, administrative, and personnel issues to broaden your understanding of the healthcare industry
  • Integrate the content, skills and experience gained in health science courses and apply them to clinical and human performance problems while practicing independent, self-directed learning
  • Effectively access, understand and evaluate the primary literature in biomedical science and apply this knowledge to research/clinical situations

Front Row from left: Isaac: Villanova, Audrey: Wellesley, Ethan: BU, Rachael: Wheaton College. Second Row: Serena: Columbia, Sharla: BU, David: Cornell. Third Row: Sara: Union College, Rachel: Wellesley.  Fourth Row: Lenka: Cornell, Caroline: UVA, Divya: Brandeis. Top Row: Ryan: Bates College.

Interested in gaining hands-on, real-life experience in a Supportive Living internship?  We are now accepting applications for our 2019 spring programs.  Application deadline is January 18, 2019.  And check out our 2017 Summer Camp photo album, where many summer interns shared experiences and fun as well as this video where Patrice shares some of her intern experience.

“This internship has changed the way I act and perceive life for the better. I learned what it takes to be patient and persuasive. Working with brain injury survivors requires these aspects more than anything I have encountered in the past, and working on improving these qualities has made me a stronger person.”

– Henry, majoring in Health Sciences at Northeastern University

2019 Spring Internship Opportunities

Brain Injury Adaptive Exercise Program Internship

Intern Role:  

Assist with delivering a physical fitness program designed to improve the quality of life of survivors of acquired brain injury (ABI).


SLI Brain Injury Health and Wellness Center
7 Oakland St.
Lexington, MA
January 28 — May 3, 2019.

  • Monday-Wednesday-Friday 12:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Tuesday-Thursday 12:30pm to 5:30pm

Note: there are two separate physical fitness internship offerings at Supportive Living for the Spring of 2019, with one program running Monday-Wednesday-Friday and another program running Tuesday-Thursday. A full-time M-F, 1:00pm-5:00pm internship can also be explored.

Interns will complete up to 150 hours of hands-on experience for the Monday-Wednesday-Friday internship, or up to 120 hours for the Tuesday-Thursday internship.

Please note these are unpaid positions.  Application deadline is January 18, 2019.

Download the Brain Injury Physical Fitness Internship information sheet, including qualifications.

Working closely with three different residents gave me a huge amount of inspiration. To see them push through and break down boundaries while exercising was an amazing experience. Although each person had some kind of limit, no one ever let that stop them and this proved a lot to me. It was truly encouraging.”

– Brooke, a Psychology major at Franklin Pierce University