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.

Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Interns who can commit to approximately 10 hours a week over 6 months are preferred. Internships are unpaid but may be completed for school credit.

ISGMH is currently accepting applications for the following internships:


Project VOICE Internship

  • About Project VOICE: Project VOICE (Visualizing Our Identities, Connections, and Environments) is a mixed-methods project that explores how networks, venues, and neighborhoods function as risk environments for young men who have sex with men of different racial groups. It also explores how structural factors like stigma and discrimination may shape racial differences in risk environments. The project incorporates the voices and lived experiences of young men who have sex with men into understandings about multilevel drivers of HIV.
  • Responsibilities: The Project VOICE Intern will assist with interview transcription, network data visualization, identifying and scheduling participants, and will potentially assist with qualitative coding and analysis
  • Qualifications: Typing proficiency and interest in transcription and qualitative data analysis; comfortable contacting potential participants by phone; general professionalism. Qualitative experience is a plus but not required.
  • What you’ll learn as a Project VOICE Intern: Qualitative data collection and analysis experience; increased familiarity with data and social network visualization; increased knowledge about racial disparities in HIV among YMSM; increased familiarity with NIH funded projects; 1:1 mentoring; potential for working on student presentations
  • Additional information: We are seeking 1-2 Project VOICE interns to begin September 2017.

Evaluation Internship

  • About the Evaluation Center: The Evaluation Center is funded by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to evaluate and provide technical assistance to 20 programs funded to deliver HIV prevention interventions to HIV-positive and HIV-negative Chicago residents. Consisting of a partnership among ISGMH/EDIT, the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM) in Drug Abuse and HIV, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), the Evaluation Center has taken an Empowerment Evaluation approach to provide communities with the skills needed to conduct their own evaluation activities.
  • Responsibilities: The Evaluation Intern will assist with tracking all interactions with grantee sites, and may be asked to attend offsite meetings at community-based organizations. They will conduct literature reviews for dissemination products, and may assist with the writing or analysis involved in the project, depending on skill set.
  • Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include experience working with sexual and gender minority populations and people living with HIV; interest in community-engaged research. Preferred qualifications include experience with conducting literature reviews, writing scientifically, and running basic statistical analyses; experience working in/with community-based organizations.
  • What you’ll learn as an Evaluation Intern: The Evaluation Intern will gain exposure to and experience with conducting community-engaged research and evaluation activities in the realm of HIV prevention. They will become familiar with the landscape of HIV prevention in Chicago, learn basic concepts of program evaluation, and be involved in the process of scientific dissemination.

Applications can be found here. Please submit a CV/Resume along with your application to Beth Ann Hamilton.

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.