The LGBT Health & Development Program


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Intern with the IMPACT Program

Program Description:  The mission of the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern University is to conduct translational research that improves the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and to increase understanding of the development of sexual orientation and gender identity.  Directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski, IMPACT has multiple NIH- and foundation-funded studies and actively collaborates with community-based organizations to conduct research and translate findings into interventions.  Extensive community ties have been a hallmark of the IMPACT Program since its inception, and it is now a resident partner with the Center on Halsted.

We typically recruit new interns and volunteers three times each year:

  • Summer: Applications accepted from March 26-April 11. (Internships begin approximately in June/July.)
  • Fall: Applications accepted from September 4-18. (Internships begin approximately in October.)
  • Spring: Applications accepted from December 11-25 (Internships begin approximately in February.)

Interns who can commit to approximately 10 hours a week over six months are preferred. Internships are unpaid but may be completed for school credit.

Application Instructions:  Applications for spring internships are now closed. Please check back in the future for fall applications. Any questions regarding internships should be directed to ISGMH Program Assistant Khari Shelton.

IMPACT Diversity Statement: Northwestern University and IMPACT’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated.Through its work, the IMPACT Program advances the health and wellbeing of LGBT individuals.  Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among IMPACT staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences.  We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.

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