For a number of years, the Erikson Institute has offered an opportunity for undergraduate students to take part in a summer Research Internship Program. The focus of the internship is on research related to psychodynamic constructs. Start/end dates are negotiable to accommodate the applicant’s scholastic schedule. The internship is a commitment of 15-20 hours per week for eight weeks. Students should have access to transportation during the internship. There is no stipend for the internship.
Benefits to the Intern include: 1) Exposure to a rich and unique source of clinical data with real world applications, 2) Gaining valuable research skills by joining research labs and joining staff members in projects, 3) Learning about the clinical operation as it relates to clinical research.
Interns report to a staff research psychologist who coordinates the program, assigns a mentor to facilitate orientation and involvement, and oversees the interns’ work. Interns’ duties and responsibilities may include literature searches and writing, developing a study methodology, gaining competency in rating archival data sources, data entry and analysis, and synthesis of results. Interns may chose to work on several research projects or to commit to a single study. Interns may also be invited to present findings at professional meetings that encourage student involvement.
Because this is a research internship, unless research duties are directly involved, the interface with the patient community and clinical operation will be minimal (to preserve confidentiality of the current patient population) Applications are due Friday, March 8, 2013.
To apply: students should send a completed internship application, resume, letter of interest, and one letter of recommendation by March 8 to Tamara Cloutier, Austen Riggs Center, 25 Main St., Box 962, Stockbridge, MA, 01262, 413-931-5301).