SRCD Pre-doctoral Summer Internship at NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

Thu, 04/20/2017

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is excited to announce that it will be sponsoring a pre-doctoral internship this summer at the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research on the NIH campus. 

Background: The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is in the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health. It serves to stimulate the growth of the behavioral and social sciences at the NIH, focusing on the behavioral and social factors that contribute to health and illness and how these interact with biological factors to influence health outcomes, focusing on both prevention and treatment.  The internship will be a full time immersion experience for a graduate student in developmental science for the months of July and August, 2017 (with the possibility of starting during June) and will provide a stipend. An immersion in the work of OBSSR over the summer will provide the intern with an outstanding opportunity to learn about behavioral and social science research related to health at NIH and how this work is linked with human development. The intern will assist OBSSR senior staff in a variety of projects. These may include reviewing ongoing research at NIH to summarize a focus on behavioral and social aspects of health and possible gaps, participating in meetings across NIH institutes and centers that focus on behavioral and social sciences, and helping to plan for presentations and meetings on the behavioral and social aspects of health. Throughout the intern’s assigned projects, there will be a particular focus on the health of children and adolescents.

Application process and requirements: Candidates must have completed two years of coursework towards a doctorate focusing on human development; must be in good standing academically, and have a strong interest in the research linking behavioral and social factors with health outcomes for children and adolescents.  They must be SRCD members and U.S. citizens. Applicants should submit (1) a statement of interest of not more than 2 pages single spaced providing information on relevant background and reason for interest in the internship, and confirming availability for July and August of  2017  to have a full time placement for the internship on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (and indicating whether starting in June is a possibility); (2) a brief CV or resume; (3) a transcript of graduate coursework (this does not need to be an official transcript; an unofficial transcript  is fine); and (4) a letter of reference from the candidate’s academic advisor, which must include confirmation that the candidate is in good academic standing in the doctoral program and that participation in an internship of 2 months (or more if starting in June) over the summer of 2017 will contribute to and will not impede progress  towards the doctorate.  Selected candidates will be asked to participate in a follow up interview by telephone during the week of May 22nd. 

Applications should be submitted online here by Monday, May 15, 2017.