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:


Txt2Protect Study Intern


Txt2Protect (t2p) is a sexual health text messaging study for young gay, bisexual, and queer (GBQ) men funded by the National Cancer Institute. It is a reminder-recall intervention guided by the Information, Motivation, and Behavioral skills model. The goal of t2p is to promote sexual health and healthy relationships through text messages that enhance participant knowledge, motivations, and behavioral skills. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two study arms and active in the study for 9 months.

Internship description: The intern in this position will assist with recruitment through social media and outreach events, tracking and contacting participants, data entry, literature reviews, and other research tasks as necessary.

Details: This internship will last approximately 10 hours a week for 3 months during the summer of 2018, with the possibility to extend into the fall. Our ideal start date is June 4.



  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Interest and desire in being involved with research promoting LGBTQ health and wellbeing
  • LGBTQ cultural competency


  • Previous experience with behavioral, social, or health-related research.

What interns can expect to learn from this experience: The intern in this position can expect to gain hands on experience with recruiting and retaining participants in a randomized control trial, learn about health issues affecting young GBQ men, and develop basic research skills.

To apply: Please send a completed application, resume, and two or three references to Krystal Madkins with subject “Txt2Protect Internship.”

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.