Kirby Internship for Grad Students

Education, Training and Research (ETR), a non-profit organization, offers evidence-based health and education products and programs providing solutions that work for health professionals, educators, and consumers throughout the United States. We employ proven methods that engage individuals, families, and communities in eliminating health and educational inequities, managing risk, and making optimal health choices.

ETR is sponsoring an annual Kirby Summer Internship for graduate students in education, psychology, sociology, public health, epidemiology or related field with a focus or interest in the sexual and reproductive health field. The next internship is available in summer 2018. The internship is named after the late Dr. Douglas Kirby, a senior research scientist at ETR who dedicated his career to promoting sexual and reproductive health among young people through writing, teaching and research.

The internship provides mentored work in research syntheses, prevention programs, implementation science, on-line learning, or research methodology (e.g., measurement and analysis) at ETR’s corporate office in Scotts Valley, CA or ETR’s Oakland, CA office.

This unpaid internship opportunity is for 240 hours during the summer 2018. A $2,500 stipend will be paid for travel and/or living expenses.


Under the supervision of the Senior Researcher, the Kirby Intern will gain:

  • Enhanced skills in applied research within sexual and reproductive health
  • Participation in paper-writing process (with co-authorship opportunity)
  • Practice with oral presentation skills
  • Collegial interactions in a multi-disciplinary environment o Certificate of completion

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Work on current or planned projects with a sexual and reproductive health emphasis or component. Tasks will vary based on expertise, but could include:
    • Conducting literature searches and summarizing literature on specific topics (e.g., sexually exploited youth, relationships, implementation science, measurement of sexual behaviors).
    • Participating in paper writing on existing data from ETR projects.
    • Conducting secondary analyses using ETR data sets. o Creating data visualization and dissemination templates.
    • Developing and/or reviewing program materials on selected topics (such as healthy relationships, blended learning).
    • Working with members of ETR’s sexual and reproductive health charter group to develop new online courses, webinars or online fact sheets.
    • Participating in proposal development activities underway.
  • Participate in an internal “brown bag” series to present research and/or work they have conducted.
  • Create a brief report, data snap shot, or blog on the work completed during internship. 

Optional Activities:

  • Participate in conducting needs assessment activities to inform creation of new materials related to sexual and reproductive health.
  • Contribute to evaluation activities and active data collection if project timelines allow.
  • Attend internal presentations and training events as appropriate.
  • Participate in agency and project meetings as appropriate.


  • Completes tasks accurately, efficiently and within agreed upon timelines.
  • Demonstrates good oral, written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with ETR staff, project partners, funders and the public.
  • Keeps supervisor well informed.
  • Maintains confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Follows agency policies and procedures.


  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral-level program in education, psychology, sociology, public health, epidemiology or related field
  • Available to work 240 hours during the summer months (June-August)
  • Interest in sexual and reproductive health field, with focus on teen and young adult pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention
  • Prior experience and/or course work in sexual and reproductive health area
  • Letter of recommendation from a current faculty member
  • GPA 3.0 or above in current program
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and plan personal schedule.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to adapt to time line adjustments and reorganize work accordingly.
  • International students that hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa may apply. ETR cannot provide assistance to a student in the application or renewal of a Visa.

Deadline: February 15, 2018.

Application: Please apply for the Kirby Intership here.

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