Network Canvas is one of the research projects participating in the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s Summer Research Internship Program. This program introduces undergraduate students to the field of drug abuse and addiction research through paid internship placements across the country. The internship program is open to all undergraduate applicants, but places priority on recruiting students who are part of groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences. During their eight week placement, the Summer Research Program interns will have the opportunity to work with leading scientists and researchers.
Summer Research Program internships are paid and receive financial support for housing through NIDA.
Network Canvas is a five-year project aiming to develop a standalone software suite to simplify the collection and management of complex network data and, once stable, widely disseminate this tool to the research community. Capturing data “beyond” the individual (e.g. social, relational, geospatial) is a growing priority for many researchers, particularly those concerned with understanding the complex drivers of health and disease in marginalized populations. However, existing survey tools for collecting these data are often cumbersome, resource intensive and require strong technical expertise. Through a free, opensource framework, the Network Canvas suite leverages advanced technologies to allow researchers to easily design bespoke surveys, collect rich multilevel data directly from participants using intuitive touchscreen interfaces, and utilize these data in near real-time to assess associations between contextual factors and health outcomes.
The Network Canvas NIDA Summer Research intern will work on feedback and outreach activities to help hone the tool’s functionality and foster uptake across the research community during the public beta period. They will assist with the production of high-quality training materials, catalog and summarize incoming feedback, support manuscript preparation, and work directly with researchers interested in implementing Network Canvas in their studies.
The Network Canvas team is seeking an intern with the following qualifications and skills:
- Knowledge or interest in health disparities research, LGBTQ+ populations, HIV/infectious disease, public health, and/or community outreach and dissemination.
- Detail-oriented with strong written and oral communication skills.
- Majors in social sciences (e.g. sociology, psychology), public health or related field preferred.
- Basic computer proficiency required, and interest in software development a plus.
- Student should be comfortable engaging members of the public in a professional capacity.
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on Monday, February 11, 2019. Interested and eligible students are encouraged to apply for a placement with ISGMH’s Network Canvas project.
Read more about the NIDA Summer Research Internship Program and how to apply here.