Thursday, March 30, 2017

Summer/Fall Internship With the Center for Substance Abuse Research

Position: Undergraduate Internship – Summer/Fall 2017

Title: Research Assistant

Duties: The intern’s primary responsibilities will be to assist with a variety of

community-based/outreach projects, as well as substance abuse focused

research projects. Students can participate in one or more of the following

projects depending on the amount of time committed. No prior research

experience is required.

Community-Based Projects/Outreach

 Maryland Community Services Locator (MDCSL): Funded by the Governor’s Office of

Crime Control and Prevention, CESAR is working to develop and maintain its free online

service locator tool ( that houses information for almost 9,000 social service,

health service and criminal justice programs statewide. Students can participate in conducting

telephone surveys with community providers, data maintenance and updates using Microsoft

Excel, and community outreach at resource fairs.

Research Projects

 Community Drug Early Warning System (CDEWS): With funding from the Executive

Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), CESAR is

conducting ongoing studies to assess trends in drug use in the United States. Expanded drug

testing panels are being used to screen existing urine specimens from individuals under drug

monitoring as part of the criminal justice system. Expanded drug testing of urine specimens

collected from individuals that have experienced a synthetic cannabinoid overdose and seek

care in emergency departments is also being conducted. Students can participate in analysis

and report preparation as part of this study.

 National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS): Funded by the National Institute on

Drug Abuse (NIDA), the NDEWS project is an innovative public health surveillance system

designed to identify new drugs and drug trends as they emerge. The project will focus on new

drugs, such as new psychoactive substances, synthetic cannabinoids, and changes in the use

of other more traditional drugs such as fentanyl and heroin. Students may be involved with

NDEWS in several ways, including assisting with news scans, website updates, analysis of

social media scans and data collection and analysis.

 Spread the Word Not the Virus Project: With funding from the Substance Abuse and

Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), CESAR works in collaboration with

Bowie State University (BSU) to increase the awareness of HIV and Hepatitis C among high

risk populations in Bowie, Maryland. Trained peer educators conduct HIV and Hepatitis C

education and prevention workshops on the BSU campus and in the greater Bowie

community. CESAR is responsible for data analysis of surveys administered at workshops

and conducting a 30-day follow-up study to assess participant behavior change. Students may


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be involved with the project in various ways, including data entry, checking, and analysis,

and follow-up study administration.

 The Intersection of HIV Risk Behavior and Violent Victimization among Black Male

Victims of Violent Injury: This study involves ethnographic interviews with African

American males who have sustained violent injury (gunshot wound, stabbing, or violent

assault) to examine the hypothesis that those who experience violent victimization may

engage in HIV risk behaviors. Students can participate by transcribing and coding

ethnographic qualitative interviews with African-American male victims of violent injury.

Qualifications: No prior research experience is required. This candidate must have strong

attention to detail, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills. Preferred skills

(not required): interest in substance abuse/health research, knowledge of Microsoft Excel and/or

Microsoft Access, experience working with community service providers.

Hours: 10 hours/week minimum. Ability to commit a greater number of hours is a plus! We are

accepting both part and full-time interns for Summer and Fall 2017.

Preference will be given to candidates that are interested in working with CESAR for more than

one semester.

Compensation: Internship open to undergraduate and graduate students. May be used to earn

BSOS, HLTH, or CRIM internship credit (3-6 credits). These credits may be

used to fulfill elective credit requirements. Full time students are eligible for a


To Apply: Please submit by email a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to:

Amy Billing

Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)

University of Maryland, College Park


Please indicate the approximate number of hours per week you are interested in working, along

with the semester you are applying for (Summer or Fall) in your cover letter. If you are applying

as part of a formal internship program on campus, please indicate this as well.


Deadline: Open until filled. We encourage applicants to submit applications by COB

Friday, 4/14/17.