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Kirby Summer Internship: A Life-Changing Opportunity

Kirby Summer Internship: A Life-Changing Opportunity

By ETR | January 23, 2017

Do you know graduate students in public health? Epidemiology? How about education, psychology, sociology or related fields? Do they have an interest in sexual and reproductive health?

We’d love you to let them know about one of the finest summer internship opportunities around: the 2017 Kirby Summer Internship at ETR.

An Excellent Program

This innovative internship offers a stipend for travel and living expenses. Interns work directly with ETR’s researchers—some of the nation’s most respected scientists in the field of sexual and reproductive health. Interns will practice applied research, participate in the writing of a paper and receive co-authorship on a publication. They also have an opportunity to contribute to ETR’s blog.

It’s not overstating the case to say this can be a transformative experience for a graduate student. Here’s what Brittany Chambers, 2014 Kirby Intern, has to say about it:

Being a Kirby Intern was life-changing. I was able to take part in program development and revisions of evidence-based interventions that are recognized worldwide as reputable sexual health interventions for high school students. But what was most beneficial about this internship was the relationships I was able to build and sustain with senior research scientists. These have opened up opportunities for continued collaboration on sexual health issues and related interventions.

Melissa Donze, a 2016 Kirby Intern, also offers great praise for the program:

The Kirby Internship was an incredible opportunity to work across a number of sexual and reproductive health programs at ETR. While a Kirby Intern, I helped program and pilot a survey to be used in the evaluation of FLASH, a comprehensive sexual education curriculum. I traveled to Macon, Georgia, where I worked with a group of teenagers to understand how we could improve the survey to be relevant and appropriate for the target population. The Kirby Internship is a great opportunity for anyone looking to work on programs at a higher level, while still keeping a foot in the communities that drive and ultimately benefit from these programs. My experience with ETR was unforgettable and solidified my desire to pursue a career in program evaluation!

If you know qualified candidates, please send them to the Kirby Summer Internship page at our website. They can find more information along with links to profiles and work by previous Kirby Interns.

Applications can be submitted online and are due February 15, 2017.

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