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Grad Students Interested in Sexual & Reproductive Health: Apply for ETR's Kirby Summer Internship!

Grad Students Interested in Sexual & Reproductive Health: Apply for ETR's Kirby Summer Internship!

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | January 25, 2015
Senior Editor, ETR

One of my favorite things about ETR’s research staff is that everyone who is a part of the team is committed to mentorship. My colleagues understand that we cannot continue to advance the fields of health research and sexual and reproductive health without an effectively-trained cadre of new professionals joining our efforts.


ETR’s Kirby Summer Internship is the embodiment of that value. It is named after one of the premiere researchers in the field, Douglas Kirby, who, before his death in 2012, was a senior research scientist at ETR. Doug was also one of my favorite people ever. He would have fully approved of this internship program.

A Fabulous Opportunity

The Kirby Summer Internship is designed for graduate students from just about any field of study (Education? Psychology? Epidemiology? Public health?) who have an interest in sexual and reproductive health. It offers benefits above and beyond most internships. Our interns:

  • Receive a stipend for travel and/or living expense
  • Work directly with ETR’s premiere researchers in an area of interest they identify
  • Participate in writing a paper and serve as co-author on a publication
  • Write one or more posts for ETR’s well-respected blog
  • Work in a multi-disciplinary environment with some really exceptional people

Join the Club

Our intern alumni are an impressive group who not only made meaningful contributions through their work here at ETR, but are moving on to be leaders in their chosen areas of focus. Take a look at this impressive crew.

Monica Sun, MPH student, Tulane University. 2015 Kirby Summer Intern.

Read a blog post by Monica Sun.






William Spatafora, MS in Epidemiology, Tulane University. 2015 Kirby Summer Intern.

Read a blog post by Will Spatafora.






Brittany Chambers, MPH, CHES, Doctoral Student, University of North Carolina, Greensboro. 2014 Kirby Summer Intern.


Read a blog post by Brittany Chambers.






Brittany Nielsen, MPH. Currently doing a post-graduate fellowship at the University of Utah Health Sciences. 2014 Kirby Summer Intern.

Watch a video interview with Brittany Nielsen.





Apply Now!

Find a link to the online application here. If you’re graduate student who is passionate about sexual and reproductive health, we hope you’ll consider joining us for this unique and exciting opportunity.


Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES, is Senior Editor and manager of ETR’s blog. She can be reached at

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