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. 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.


Current Internship Opportunities:


SMART Project Intern

The Sexual Minority Adolescent Risk Taking (SMART) Project is an eHealth intervention that will deliver a novel online sex ed program specifically for gay, bi, and queer (GBQ) guys.  The SMART Project will deliver both contextually and culturally relevant information and skills to AMSM in hopes of minimizing sexual risk.

Internship description: The SMART team is looking for 2-4 media/marketing interns to create original video and social media content and market it to the LGBTQ community nationwide. Specific projects include launching a YouTube channel for the SMART team, creating and implementing social media marketing campaigns, creating graphics and video content, and managing various social media platforms. Interns may also be asked to star in video or photo content.

Details: We are seeking freshman or sophomore student interns to work approximately 5-10 hours per week for 10-12 weeks over the summer, with potential for continuing work during the school year. Students may earn school credit for their work. Our ideal start date is June 18.



  • LGBTQ cultural competency
  • Must have experience with social media and access to a phone and/or laptop
  • Our ideal candidate will have also skills in one or more of the following: creating/editing videos, graphic design, and/or coordinating social media campaigns.
  • We are looking for creative individuals who take initiative and want to help the LGBTQ community.


  • Desire to be in video/media content
  • Spanish speaking/writing skills and previous experience in sexual health work are a plus.

What interns can expect to learn from this experience: The SMART interns can expect to learn and build on skills such as project implementation, working on a team, and community outreach. Interns will also produce tangible media and video work that will grow their media and marketing skills. Depending on the initiative and interests of the intern, there may be additional opportunities in research.

To apply: Please send a resume and a brief description of why you are a good fit for this position to Erin Dominici with the subject “SMART Internship.” A cover letter is optional.

FAB 400 Intern

FAB 400 is a longitudinal socio-behavioral study based out of ISGMH. Our project seeks to understand relationship dynamics and personal development among young LGBTQ people assigned female at birth (AFAB) in Chicago. We want to know why some young people get involved in relationships and others don’t, and what makes some relationships healthy while others become unhealthy or violent.

Internship description: The FAB 400 team is looking for an intern to support the administrative side of our project. In general, the administrative intern will be involved with scheduling participants, informing participants of when their visits are or when their next visit will be, scanning and maintaining project paperwork, and generally supporting the activities of the interviewing team. Depending on the interests of the intern and the capacity of the team, the intern may be trained to run interviews. Job responsibilities may also include researching topics related to the goals of the institute that FAB 400 is housed under.

Details: We are seeking an internship to work in our office approximately 10 hours a week for 6 months. Our ideal start date is May 1.

Qualifications: LGBTQ cultural competency (which includes flexibility to learn) is key to succeeding in this project. For this position, it would be helpful if LGBTQ experience were demonstrated in some way, through working, volunteering, organizing or otherwise engaging in real and tangible ways with LGBTQ folks. We are looking someone who take initiative and has great attention to detail. Because of the nature of the project, a commitment to maintaining the confidentiality of our participants is necessary.

What interns can expect to learn from this experience: The FAB 400 intern can expect to learn the inner workings of a longitudinal study, and gain familiarity with applications such as REDCap, Canva and Limesurvey. They will also gain familiarity with the LGBT specific and LGBT-friendly resources available throughout Chicago. They will be able to access presentations and conferences offered at the Institute, and through working here, gain exposure to cutting edge LGBT health and wellness research methodologies and findings. Finally, depending on the initiative of the intern, there may be the opportunity to be involved in the dissemination of study findings, such as through newsletters or academic posters.

To apply: Please send a completed application and resume to Jazz Stephens with the subject “FAB 400 Internship.” A cover letter for this internship is optional.

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.