Monday, November 1, 2021

Spring Public Health-Related Research Internship with CESAR

The intern’s primary responsibilities will be to assist with a variety of substance use-focused research projects.

 Research Projects

  • Emergency Department Drug Surveillance (EDDS) System: The EDDS system ( collects de-identified electronic health record (EHR) information and de-identified urine specimens from participating hospitals periodically, in order to monitor the trends in the drugs detected in patients presenting to their emergency departments (EDs). This project was recently expanded with funding from the Office of National Drug Control Policy to include hospitals in 20 additional states throughout the United States. The student will help to set up study sites, check and analyze data, build tables/graphs using study data, prepare study reports, and assist with preparing other materials to promote the public dissemination of study findings.

·        Other Miscellaneous Projects (TBD): CESAR has several pending grant proposals for new substance use projects. We will engage the student in any newly funded projects.

Qualifications: GPA Requirement: 3.5 minimum. No prior research experience is required. This candidate must have strong attention to detail and basic data analysis skills. Excel and SPSS experience strongly preferred. The student should have an interest in epidemiology/public health research/substance use.

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

The internship is unpaid and open to undergraduate and graduate students. May oftern be used to earn BSOS, HLTH, PHSC, or CRIM internship credit (3-6 credits).  Internship may also be used towards federal semester program requirements. Both part-time and full-time interns will be considered.

To Apply:             Please submit by email a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample (i.e., class paper) 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 structured internship program on campus, please indicate this as well.

 Application Deadline: Open until filled.