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Research Department

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, and the child welfare implications of substance abuse in families. The staff at CRT has written articles that have been published in Pediatrics, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Pediatrics, The Journal of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and numerous other leading medical journals.

The CRT Research Department is offering part-time unpaid research internships to qualified undergraduates in the Chicago area during the 2015-2016 academic year, as well as during the summer.

Internship Description: Interns will be involved in multiple ongoing research projects, including an ongoing evaluation of a screening tool for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, 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, and the development of a database about children 0 to 18 who have been assessed and treated at the Child Study Center. 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.
  • Displayed the ability to work well with other people in a team oriented atmosphere.

Compensation:  Although interns will not be paid, they will be given multiple learning experiences into conducting empirical research, and working with prenatally 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:

Lauren King
Research Administrator

Children's Research Triangle
70 E Lake Street, Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 726-4011
Fax: (312) 726-4021