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Undergraduate Students

Do you want to work in a health-oriented lab? Do you want to get research experience with research data entry and systems, literature reviews, and assessment procedures?

Join our team! Email to start the application!

Internship Activities:

There are opportunities as needed, throughout the academic year and summer, to work on several longitudinal studies conducting research with children and families in the Eugene or Portland area. Undergraduate students will be selected for available positions according to their interests, skills set, and availability. The Prevention Science Institute (SPI) internship allows students to gain experience in a variety of research activities which include, but are not limited to: gathering data through in-person interviews and/or over the phone using standardized questionnaires, tests, and semi-structured interview protocols; organizing and coding behavioral interactions that have been digitally recorded; assisting in the management of data and data analysis; working in a research team environment. Other tasks may include data entry, data checking, attending regularly scheduled team meetings, and/or other procedures as required to support the needs of the research. 

Student Time Commitment:

Time commitment is variable, depending on the student’s interests and availability, and the needs of the project. For most positions, blocks of availability on at least 1-3 days during the week are required. For example: 9:00-12:00 p.m. M, W, F or 1:00-6:00 p.m. T/TH, etc. Some projects may require evening and/or weekend availability.

Skills Needed:

Undergraduates selected to work with PSI researchers must be able to perform work within a team-oriented environment, complete project-related tasks in a timely manner, maintain communication with supervisors and other team members, attend meetings as required, and maintain reliability in data collection and/or coding. Applicants must enjoy working with adults and children of a variety of ages, be motivated and organized, have good attention to detail, and be able to pass a criminal background check. No prior research experience is necessary.

Preferred skills include experience in research, experience with assessment procedures, and experience working with children ages 3 to 18. A one-year commitment is preferable on most projects.

Students may volunteer their time or receive course credit. Outstanding candidates who show dedication and commitment to the position may later qualify for other research opportunities and may receive letters of recommendation.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should e-mail a resume and answers to the following questions to

  •       When are you available to start?
  •       What experience do you have working with adults, children, and/or adolescents?
  •             What do you hope to gain from working at the PSI?

Please include your current schedule as an Excel file, spanning 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. for both weekdays and weekends. Indicate times when you are not regularly available either due to class or other previous commitments by including an X in the appropriate cell.

Qualified applicants will be contacted for a follow-up interview as positions become available.

Graduate Students

We are seeking highly motivated students interested in pursuing a master’s degree or PhD. Learn more about the Prevention Science master’s and PhD programs!