The mission of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) at Northwestern University is to connect scholars from numerous disciplines with the sexual and gender minority (SGM) community to forge collaborations and stimulate innovative research to improve SGM health and wellbeing. Directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski, ISGMH consists of three programs: CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities Program; Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance Program; and IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program.

Current Internship Opportunities:


2GETHER Recruitment and Retention Intern


  • Description of the project: 2GETHER is an innovative HIV prevention and relationship education program for young male couples. 2GETHER is unique in that it integrates both group-based and individualized couple sessions and addresses the needs of both HIV-positive and HIV-negative young men. Over the course of four sessions, couples learn to utilize behavioral and biomedical approaches to prevent both HIV acquisition and transmission, with an overarching emphasis on improving relationship functioning. 2GETHER helps build relationships skills while encouraging couples-based HIV testing for HIV-negative and unknown status YMSM, and addressing medication adherence and barriers to care for HIV+ YMSM. 2GETHER builds on the benefits of romantic relationships to promote mental, behavioral, and physical health.
  • Internship description: This internship is involved with the assistance of all digital content and communications, both internal and external, across multiple platforms and formats to drive engagement, recruitment, retention, audience development, and positive feelings toward the project brand (2GETHER). In addition to communications tasks, the intern also has the opportunity to participate in research tasks related to the 2GETHER projects. Interns may review and obtain informed consent, schedule study visits with participants, conduct baseline and follow up interviews, collect and input survey data, and more.
  • Proposed length of internship: One semester to one calendar year (variable).
  • Start date: Negotiable, Winter or Spring Quarter/Spring Semester
  • Minimum qualifications: Candidate should be enrolled in a collegiate program in the Chicagoland area, focusing on communications, health communication or social marketing, social or health sciences or related; OR an appropriate combination of education and experience. Must complete NU’s IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants. Additional competencies desired are: effective time management skills; efficient and resourceful in problem-solving; demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures; good communication skills, both spoken and written; demonstrated ability to take ownership of work, initiative, and follow-through; knowledge of basic computer skills, in a Windows-based environment; available to work 15-20 hours a week.
  • Preferred qualifications: Experience with basic photo and video editing software (Adobe Creative Suite a plus); in-depth knowledge of, familiarity, and facility with mainstream social media platforms, such as Facebook, YouTube Tumblr and Instagram; experience with social media analytics, including Google Analytics and Facebook Insights; familiarity with WordPress content management; experience working with LGBTQ people and/or youth; experience working with people living with HIV; experience in public health, social psychology, and/or medical research settings.
  • What you can expect to gain from this internship experience: Beyond academic credit, the intern will work alongside leaders in the field of LGBTQ health and wellness research, gaining valuable hands-on recruitment and retention experience in clinical trials. They will have the opportunity to explore in-depth a career in academic research, applying ideas and concepts from their education to create a bridge between the classroom and careers. The intern will engage with research participants at all phases of the 2GETHER program, and learn from experience what it takes to run a successful, large-scale research project.
  • To apply: Please send a completed application, resume/CV, and cover letter to Dr. Ricky Hill (they/them) at


Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Internships are unpaid but may be completed for school credit. Northwestern University students may be able to apply for summer internship funding through the Summer Internship Grant Program.

Please note that we are unable to accept internship applications from current ISGMH research study participants. We appreciate your interest and wish you luck in your internship search!

ISGMH Diversity Statement: Northwestern University and ISGMH’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated.Through its work, ISGMH advances the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ individuals. Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among ISGMH staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences. We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.