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Children's Research Triangle's Research Department has been in the forefront of many issues related to maternal substance abuse in pregnancy, the outcomes of children prenatally exposed to drugs, the child welfare implications of substance abuse in families, as well as the treatment of youth who have been exposed to trauma. The staff at CRT has written articles that have been published in Pediatrics, The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Research in Developmental Disabilities, and numerous other leading medical and psychological journals.

The CRT Research Department is offering part-time unpaid research internships to qualified undergraduates in the Chicago area during the 2017-18 academic year, as well as during the summer.

Internship Description: Interns will be involved in multiple ongoing research projects, including an ongoing evaluation of the Trauma Treatment Program, evaluation of a grant program focused on providing assessments for youth that have been prenatally and/or environmentally exposed to drugs and/or alcohol, the development of a database about children 0 to 18 who have been assessed and treated at Children’s Research Triangle, and evaluation of a screening tool for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. Interns will be actively involved in most aspects of the research process including searching for relevant literature, putting together research materials, interviewing families, inputting and cleaning data, and performing some data analyses. Students will be provided with the necessary training to carry out this variety of job roles and will receive ongoing supervision by a licensed clinical psychologist. Interns will be expected to work between 6 and 10 hours a week. Students interested in working more hours a week can be accommodated. Internships can be set up for one, two, or more semesters.

Qualified Applicants will be undergraduate students who have

  • completed at least one introductory course in psychology, behavioral science, child development, or social work with a grade of B or above, or enrolled in a pre-medical course of study,
  • demonstrated merit in their undergraduate studies up until the present time,
  • expressed an interest in pursuing future careers or further education in empirical research or medicine, and
  • displayed the ability to work well with other people in a team oriented atmosphere.

Compensation: Interns will be given multiple learning experiences into conducting empirical research, and working with prenatally exposed children or trauma exposed children and their families. Interns who are in a pre-medical course of study and who are interested in accompanying our pediatricians in seeing children will be invited to do so on a regular basis after at least one month of service. Interns who are interested in psychology and who are interested in observing psychological evaluations of children will be invited to do so on a regular basis after at least one month of service. Finally, interns may be offered authorship on submitted papers on which they have contributed substantially.

To apply, fax, email, or snail mail a cover letter, resume and transcript to:

Anne M. Wells, Ph.D
Director of Research
Children's Research Triangle
70 East Lake Street, Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60601
Voice: (312) 726-4011   Fax: (312) 726-4021

Therapy Intake Internship –

16 Hours/Week, Long-Term (9-12 Month) Beginning June 2017

The Children’s Research Triangle is a mental health service provider within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and aims to increase the availability of trauma-informed therapeutic services for children and adolescents ages 0 to 18 years through our Trauma Treatment Program (TTP). Our average client has experienced at least two different types of traumatic life events, most commonly traumatic loss, physical abuse, neglect, domestic and/or community violence, sexual abuse and having an impaired caregiver. It is well known that childhood exposure to violence has been linked to low self-esteem, social withdrawal, and depression as well as aggression and delinquency. However, CRT is able to provide clinical services to these families, including psychological screening and assessment, short and long term trauma focused psychotherapy, caregiver support and psychoeducation, client advocacy and case management. The mission of CRT’s TTP is to provide youth in the communities we serve, as well as their families, with greater access to, and utilization of, effective and innovative trauma-informed mental health treatment services.

CRT is seeking an engaging and personable individual to join our intake team as a Therapy Intake Intern. This person will act as a liaison both between families and the clinicians who will eventually serve them, as well as between CRT and community resources. Based on the highly communicative nature of this position, the candidate should possess exemplary personal and professional communication skills. It is important that this communication be managed effectively and confidently.

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Conduct intake calls
  • Provide clinically-minded case management services to clients on our waiting list, including connecting families to resources in their communities
  • Possess knowledge of social services available in Chicago or have the ability to research and connect with said organizations as referral resources
  • Upkeep and organization of CRT’s internal resource database
  • Create and maintain electronic medical records, including obtaining consents and intake documents for new referrals
  • Co-facilitate quarterly Youth Advisory Board meetings


  • In the process of completing bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology, social work, or related field
  • Proficiency, competency, and confidence in phone communication is a must, as this position requires the ability to establish emotional safety and build rapport with individuals seeking treatment, as well as connect with professionals from a wide range of disciplines and fields
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Exemplary organizational skills, task-driven, and able to work well independently
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Excell and Word.  Experience in creating web content a plus!       
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) preferred, but not required

Interested parties should submit resume and cover letter to Therapy Intake Coordinator, Sara Miller at