APPLY NOW! Summer 2020 Internships at CHPIR

CHPIR is currently looking for Summer 2020 Interns for several exciting projects! Please see below for more detailed info about each position:

Time Frame: 8-10 weeks (40 hours/week) during the summer of 2020, with flexible starting and ending dates

Compensation: $2,000 stipend plus good learning experience with the CHPIR team

Sexual and Gender Minority Research Project – ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisor:  Amy Hobbie

Description: CHPIR is looking for one Public Policy undergraduate student to assist on a research project involving sexual and gender minorities (SGM) both in the U.S. and in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). This is a fantastic opportunity for any student interested in gaining experience in research involving health disparities, global health, and the rights of sexual and gender minorities. Applicants who identify as sexual and gender minorities are highly encouraged to apply.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Duke University undergraduate student majoring in Public Policy
  • Interest in sexual and gender minority populations
  • Interest in global health
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to research ethics

How to apply: Please send a resume and cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications to Amy Hobbie (pronouns: she/hers) at [email protected]. Put “CHPIR Intern” in the Subject Line.

Research on Burnout and Stress Reduction in Medical Providers and Clergy – ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisor: Logan Tice

Summer internships (2) for students interested in some combination of physician burnout, occupational mental health, research, religion, and solving the epidemic of our time: stress.

Description: The Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research is looking for two self-motivated undergraduate students to work with Dr. Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell and her team. The team is conducting two separate studies this summer, and students will primarily work with one study each but will each have some opportunities with the other study.  Students can expect to gain qualitative analysis skills and an understanding of heart rate variability, intervention research methods, and work-related burnout and stress, with approaches to reduce both. This summer opportunity will provide broad exposure to research through the following tasks:

  1. Code qualitative, in-depth interview data from participants enrolled in two different studies
  2. Participate in data processing of heart rate variability data
  3. Assist with bringing together diverse kinds of data (surveys, in-depth interviews, participation records) to develop recommendations
  4. Assist with intervention research by traveling to the sites of overnight stress reduction workshops held across North Carolina. Travel expenses will be covered. Workshops last 24-48 hours and a total of 6 will be held during the internship dates, although interns won’t attend all of them. They are culturally tailored to Methodist clergy.


  • Enrolled in an undergraduate program and graduating in 2021 or later
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent thinking and critical analysis skills
  • Good writing skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Pleasant to get along with and ability to work with a team

How to apply: Please email your resume and a letter that outlines your interest in the position and how your skills match the job requirements to: Logan Tice, [email protected]. Put “CHPIR Intern” in the Subject Line.

STYLE 2.0 (Strength Through Youth Livin’ Empowered) ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisors: Heather Parnell & Dr. Sara Legrand

Description: Seeking one undergraduate student to work with Dr. Sara Legrand and Heather Parnell on the STYLE 2.0 (Strength Through Youth Livin’ Empowered) project, an HRSA funded Special Project of National Significance (SPNS) focusing on improving the HIV care continuum outcomes among HIV-positive young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) in the Triangle region.

STYLE 2.0 is currently in the project startup phase with enrollment beginning in the next few months. This summer opportunity will provide broad research exposure through various tasks including but not limited to exposure to:

  • Intervention tracking and fidelity monitoring
  • Data cleaning
  • Cross-site evaluation activities
  • Manual development
  • Literature reviews
  • Dissemination activities
  • Application content development

How to apply: Please email your resume and a letter that outlines your interest in the position and how your skills match the job requirements to: Heather Parnell, [email protected]. Put “CHPIR Intern” in the Subject Line.

Health Policy & Inequalities Research Storytelling – ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisor: Dr. Hy Huynh

Description: Seeking a Public Policy undergraduate student interested in Social Impact Communications and Outreach to work with a community psychologist and humanitarian photographer, Dr. Hy Huynh. The student will develop meaningful materials for CHPIR’s social media and website and work on a variety of communications and outreach related tasks for a number of local and international projects, including health disparities research related to homeless and housing insecure youth, sexual and gender minorities, and orphaned and separated children. The student is encouraged to think creatively about ways to disseminate important research findings to a variety of stakeholders and will interact with numerous faculty and staff, providing an opportunity to engage with a variety of content areas, types of research, populations, etc. The intern will also be invited to participate in both broader center meetings and international sector research meetings.

How to apply: Please email your resume and a letter that outlines your interest in the position and how your skills match the job requirements to Hy Huynh, [email protected]. Please include “CHPIR Intern” in the subject line.

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