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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 May 6-19. (Internships begin approximately in June/July.)
  • Fall: Applications accepted from September 1-15. (Internships begin approximately in October.)
  • Spring: Applications accepted from January 6-20. (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 are due by May 19, 2015. To apply, please download, complete, and return the application, along with your resume or CV, to Dr. Michelle Birkett (birkett@northwestern.edu). Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the USA.

| Download the Internship Application |

INTERNSHIP TITLE:  2GETHER Clinical Intern

Internship Description:  2GETHER is an intervention for young guys in relationships which promotes safety and communication. We are looking for 2 interns to serve as intervention facilitators for this summer, and potentially for next fall. Ideal candidates would have some introductory direct clinical experience. An intern from a local MS/MA or PhD program in Counseling, Clinical, or School Psychology would be ideal. This internship will require intensive training the first few weeks, but after training the time commitment would be about 5 hours per week. There is potential to assist on another IMPACT project as well while completing this internship.

Qualifications:  Preferred:  Clinical training and experience. Required: Strong organizational skills; Strong communication skills; Strong interpersonal skills; Experience or interest in working on LGBT issues; Experience or interest in working in community settings with diverse young couples.

INTERNSHIP TITLE:  Keep It Up! Research Intern

Internship Description:  Keep It Up! (KIU!) is an online HIV prevention study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) . It is an interactive and engaging intervention tailored to ethnically diverse YMSM (18-29 years old) and encourages participants to “keep up” safe and healthy behaviors. KIU! is currently being conducted as a multi-site RCT by researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago, Hunter College in New York City, and Emory University in Atlanta. A total of 900 YMSM will be enrolled into this study from the HIV testing clinics of our community partners. The intern in this position will assist in prepping and sending out project related materials to participants, contacting participants, study retention efforts, social media outreach, quality assurance testing of the online KIU! program, literature reviews, data entry, and other research tasks as necessary.

Qualifications:  Preferred: Experience or interest in working on LGBT issues. Required:  Strong communication skills; strong organizational skills; ability to work independently; basic computer skills.

INTERNSHIP TITLE:  RADAR Research Intern

Internship Description:  RADAR is a large research study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The goal of RADAR is to identify and understand the connections amoung sexually transmitted infections (like HIV), drug and alcohol use, and romantic or sexual relationships patterns over time among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). This study is the first time that drivers of HIV infections will be examined at multiple levels – the genetics of the virus, effects of medications, individual behavior, sexual partner and relationship characteristics, networks, and community-level factors. The intern in this position will assist in conducting research interviews with LGBTQ participants, assist in making follow-up and check-in phone calls, entering research data, assisting in outreach efforts. We prefer a time commitment of approximately 10 hours per week for six months, or 20 hours per week for 3 months.

Qualifications:  Preferred: Experience or interest in working on LGBT issues. Required:  Strong communication skills; strong organizational skills; ability to work independently; basic computer skills.

INTERNSHIP TITLE:  Research Communications Intern

Internship Description:  As a translational research program, The IMPACT Program maintains a strong online presence through its comprehensive website (www.impactprogram.org) and conducts translational research activities such as hosting an annual research conference. The IMPACT website, which receives over 140,000 visits each year, contains weekly blogs, interactive quizzes, videos, and other resources designed to reach young people with messaging on healthy sexuality and community pride. With supervision by the Program Manager, the intern will work on program-wide communications initiatives to support IMPACT research. Duties may include assisting with the development of online sexual health resources focused on HIV prevention and care, writing blogs for scientific or youth audiences, website maintenance, and helping with the annual research conference.

Qualifications:  Preferred: Experience or interest in working on LGBT issues; skills in WordPress, Prezi, or Adobe Design Software. Required:  Strong communication skills; strong organizational skills; ability to work independently; basic computer skills.

INTERNSHIP TITLE:  General Research Intern

Internship Description:  In addition to the above positions, IMPACT is also always interested in taking on interns to assist across various research projects. Often, interns in these positions will assist a specific researcher or staff member across various projects. Tasks might include assisting in literature reviews, data entry and verification, interview transcription, assisting in various outreach activities, and manuscript preparation.

Qualifications: Required: strong organizational skills; basic computer skills

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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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