Health Equity Internships

Left to right:
Charlotte Gray, 
Alissah Sillah, 
Olivia Sterns, 
Kaitlin Toal

Health Equity Internships

Health Equity Interns are Northeastern University undergraduate students who commit to working four hours a week during one academic semester at the Institute of Health Equity and Social Justice Research in its mission of conducting research towards advancing health equity and social inclusion and reducing health disparities.  Opportunities are available for interns to continue an affiliation with the Institute once the semester internship is completed.

Your Health Equity Internship will include:

  1.  Experience in public health research focused on health equity and social inclusion and reducing health disparities.
  2.  Research skills trainings. Trainings will include but are not limited to literature reviews, reference software, focus groups, and Institutional Review Boards and human subject’s protections.
  3.  Opportunities to meet, learn from, and collaborate with the Institute’s faculty and staff.
  4.  Opportunities to work on projects collaboratively and independently.
  5.  The possibility of presenting at RISE and other dissemination activities.
  6.  Opportunities to convene with other Health Equity Interns.
  7.  Continued supervision throughout the intern program.

Responsibilities include:

  1.  Meeting with the Program Assistant Director to discuss current research opportunities and to determine the focus of the interns work during the semester.
  2.  With the Program Assistant Director and supervisor if different, determine individual intern goals for the semester.
  3.  Conduct research activities related to the determined focus of work. Such tasks can include, but is not limited to conducting literature reviews, data entry, transcription of interviews and/or focus groups, attending project meetings and taking notes.
  4.  Participate in research training activities, Works in Progress Series, and twice a semester internship gatherings.
  5.  Complete an assessment at the end of the semester and meet with the Program Assistant Director to discuss the assessment which includes the goals set in the beginning of the internship.

Applying for a Health Equity Internship

The spring 2023 Health Equity Internship application portal is NOW OPEN. Please use this link to access the application. The application portal will close at the end of the day on November 5th, 2023.

Please reach out to Suzanne Garverich at [email protected] with any questions regarding the application process.

*Please note that first semester Health Equity Interns must be enrolled in classes and cannot be on co-op.*

Dual Internship Opportunity with the IHESJR and WREN

Starting in the spring of 2022 we will have an opportunity for a dual internship experience with the Women’s Research and Engagement Network (WREN).  WREN, is a student-led program dedicated to promoting and celebrating the success of female-aligned individuals at Northeastern. As a dual program member, you will receive all the benefits of the Health Equity Internship program and more. You will be considered a WREN Scholar, meaning that you will have access to career panels, skills-based trainings, and social networking nights with an interdisciplinary cohort of undergraduate women in research. During fall semesters, Scholars also will be eligible to present their research at the WREN Summit, the nation’s first undergraduate interdisciplinary women’s research conference. To support your participation in both the WREN Scholar Program and the Health Equity Internship, attendance requirements for each will be adjusted accordingly. There will be an additional 2-3 hours of events/trainings a month for the dual internship.

If you are a female-aligned individual and would like to apply to the dual internship please indicate that on the Health Equity Intern application.