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: stipend plus good learning experience with the CHPIR team

UPDATE: All internships will be REMOTE due to COVID-19 restrictions

Sexual and Gender Minority Research Project – NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisor:  Amy Hobbie

DescriptionCHPIR 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.

Tasks / Learning Opportunities:

The intern will contribute to the start-up of a research project involving the mental health needs and life experiences of sexual and gender minority populations in Brazil, Kenya, and Vietnam. Tasks that may be assigned include:

  • Performing literature reviews on country-specific policies affecting the rights and wellbeing of sexual and gender minorities
  • Identifying sources and translations of validated mental health assessment tools
  • Supporting the development of training materials, study forms, and study protocols for data collection
  • Creating and editing research surveys in electronic data capture systems
  • Editing and maintaining the study website

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 applyPlease send a resume and cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications to Amy Hobbie (pronouns: she/hers) at 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.

DescriptionThe 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 applyPlease email your resume and a letter that outlines your interest in the position and how your skills match the job requirements to: Logan Tice, Put “CHPIR Intern” in the Subject Line.

Health Policy & Inequalities Research Storytelling – NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Supervisor: Dr. Hy Huynh

DescriptionSeeking 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, Please include “CHPIR Intern” in the subject line.

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