Apply for a Network Canvas Internship through NIDA’s Summer Research Internship Program

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Summer Research Internship Program is now accepting applications from undergraduate student interested in working with leading scientists on drug abuse and addiction research. Network Canvas, a project managed out of Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) in Chicago, is seeking an intern through the program.

The NIDA Summer Research Internship Program introduces undergraduate students to the field of drug abuse and addiction research through eight-week, paid internship placements across the country. The internship program is open to all undergraduate applicants, but prioritizes students from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences. Interns will receive a stipend and financial support for housing through NIDA.

The Network Canvas project at ISGMH is developing a standalone software suite to simplify the collection and management of complex network data. Once the software is stable, the project aims to 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 complex network data require strong technical expertise and are often cumbersome and resource intensive. Through a free, open source framework, the Network Canvas software suite allows researchers to easily design bespoke surveys, collect rich multilevel data directly from participants using intuitive touchscreen interfaces, and utilize data in near real-time to assess associations between contextual factors and health outcomes. Read more about Network Canvas.

The Network Canvas summer research intern will work on dissemination and outreach activities to help hone the tool’s functionality and foster uptake across the research community following the tool’s stable release. The intern will assist with the production of high-quality training materials, support manuscript preparation, and work directly with researchers who want to use Network Canvas.

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
  • Comfortability engaging members of the public in a professional capacity

Applications must be submitted through NIDA’s website by Monday, February 10, 2020 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Interested and eligible students are encouraged to apply for a placement with ISGMH’s Network Canvas project by selecting “33 – Netcanvas: Development, Hardening, and Dissemination of a Software Suite for the Collection of Complex Network and Contextual Data in HIV and Drug Research” in the application’s site selection dropdown menus.

Visit the NIDA Summer Research Internship Program website for more information and to apply.

Students with questions about interning with the Network Canvas project can email