The Grady Trauma Project Intern Program
Applications OPEN for Fall 2023!
Want to gain clinical experience recruiting and interviewing research participants?
Want to learn about trauma research methods?
Join our team!
What is the Grady Trauma Project?
The Grady Trauma Project (GTP) is a NIH-funded research project that investigates the relative contributions of genetic and environmental risk factors for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in a highly traumatized, low socioeconomic status minority population. All research is conducted at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.
What will you be doing as an intern?
The primary role of an intern is to conduct interviews with participants on their trauma history and psychological health. Participants are primarily Grady Memorial Hospital patients, although some of our studies recruit from the larger Atlanta community.
Interns complete extensive clinical training in order to conduct the interviews independently, gaining meaningful skills in trauma research methods and the administering of clinical psychological measures. Through this work, interns will have the unique opportunity to develop a thorough knowledge of trauma and trauma-related disorders, and will become members of a team at the forefront of international PTSD research. In particular, interns will gain experience working directly with adults and/or children with a range of psychopathology, will develop critical clinical skills, and will be able to administer a number of widely used psychological assessment instruments with both chronic and acutely traumatized populations. Grady Trauma Project is one of the only programs in the country with the opportunity for interns to conduct clinical research without an advanced/graduate degree, therefore making a high level of commitment to the project a necessity.
Interns are expected to complete 6+ hours of clinical research tasks per week for a period of 6+ months. Weekly team meetings occur on Tuesday from 2-3pm via Zoom (specialized project meetings also occur at various times throughout the week, depending on the project).
Commit to 6+ hours per week average time over 6+ months (preferably 1 year with opportunities for longer for those who are interested) for participant screening and other commitments
Virtual Screening Responsibilities:
Recruit research participants via telephone calling, emailing, and putting up flyers around the community.
Explain the study and guide participants through study consent procedures
Conduct research participant screens, including collecting participant trauma history, administering psychological symptom inventories, assessing alcohol and drug use, eating behavior, etc.
Some in-person responsibilities include:
Collecting participant saliva sample for subsequent genetic analysis
Assisting with data collection of psychophysiological measures
Complete required training, hospital orientation and necessary documentation as needed
Attend weekly staff meetings every Tuesday from 2-3pm and a regular intern skills training
Help out with any other tasks around the project
**Please note that we are unable to write recommendation letters unless you have fully participated in the program for the required time commitment as outlined above**
Opportunities, Eligibility, and How to Apply
Emory University, Fall 2023: In order to be eligible to work as an intern at GTP, Emory students must be able to enroll in independent research for course credit. Contact your major advisor to discuss whether this is a possibility within your course schedule.
We will be accepting applications in the Fall 2023 starting on July 24th and will begin contacting candidates for interviews starting August 1. Please note that the number of positions is limited and we receive far more applications than we have openings for. We will contact applicants in mid-August to update them on the status of their applications.
Georgia State University RISE program, Fall 2023: We are no longer accepting applications and all applicants have been notified of their status. Please check back at the beginning of the Spring semester next year to inquire about the Fall 2024 cohort.
We are not accepting applications from undergraduates at other institutions at this time.
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