Community Prevention and Treatment Research (CPTR) Internship Description

The MayaTech Corporation Internship Program

Internship Description


About the Center: Center for Community Prevention and Treatment Research (CPTR) works with other units in MayaTech to design, implement, and report on research and evaluation projects covering various public health topics for local and national clients. These clients include federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, National Vaccine Program Office, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Clients also include local foundations, community-based organizations, and institutions of higher education. Current program and system-level evaluations include: a national assessment of the feasibility and acceptability of implementing the updated community mitigation guidelines recommendations to prevent pandemic influenza among state, territorial, and local health departments; validation of a kindergarten school readiness national outcome measure; a rural health needs assessment on HPV vaccination coverage; strategic planning for local health foundations; and evaluation of research centers in minority institutions of higher education. 

Title: CPTR Intern

Department: Center for Community Prevention and Treatment Research

Intern Manager: Center Manager and Chief Science Officer

Internship Duration: 10-12 weeks

Schedule: TBD

Student Classification: ( ) Freshman ( ) Sophomore (x) Junior (x) Senior ( ) Graduate Student

Academic Discipline: Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences

Primary Assignment: Evaluation Projects

Compensation: Unpaid

Description of Opportunity: This internship will entail working with the Chief Science Officer (a research psychologist) and Center Manager (trained in public health and a Certified Health Education Specialist) on evaluation projects and research activities such as the following:

  • Participate in coordination of interviews and on-line surveys of program administrators and community members – including note-taking and quality assurance of transcripts
  • Management of online survey systems – including survey respondent correspondence and summary of descriptive data
  • Content analysis of qualitative interview and focus group transcripts
  • Data abstraction and coding of grantee documents
  • Literature searches on health disparities topics related to the evaluation projects
  • Assistance with preparing technical reports, community fact sheets, and papers and posters for presentation at professional meetings (interns will have the opportunity to co-author abstracts and, when available, co-present at local meetings)

Qualifications: Candidate must have research experience that includes some data collection, coding, data analysis (descriptive and cross-tabulations, at a minimum); searching the literature systematically using search engines and other Web-based tools; good writing and oral communication skills; a basic understanding of evaluation and research methods; good organizational skills and sense of teamwork; excellent attention to detail; and good facility and working knowledge of the Microsoft Windows Office Suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Working knowledge and experience with End Note or a Reference Manager-like application and familiarity with SPSS or qualitative analysis (manually or with software applications) will allow maximum opportunity for learning. Undergraduate and graduate students at any level considered, but successful completion of at least one upper-level social science, behavioral science, or public health course is recommended.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in using multiple search engines to conduct a systematic literature review.
  2. Analyze online survey data and summarize the findings.
  3. Describe barriers to and facilitators of HPV vaccination.