Friday, June 23, 2017

Apply by July 7 for Fall Research Internship with CESAR

Position:              Undergraduate Internship –Fall 2017

Title:                    Research Assistant

Duties:                 The intern’s primary responsibilities will be to assist with a variety of projects, including substance abuse focused research and a public service website project. Students can participate in one or more of the following projects depending on the amount of time committed. No prior research experience is required.

Public Service
·         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 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: GPA Requirement: 3.0 minimum. 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 epidemiology/public health research, substance abuse, knowledge of Microsoft Excel/Access, SPSS, experience working with community service providers.

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

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. Paid opportunities may also be available.  

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. If you are applying as part of a formal internship program on campus, please indicate this as well.

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

COB Friday, 7/7/17.