FAB 400 Intern, Participant Engagement


FAB 400 is a longitudinal socio-behavioral research study based out of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. 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. Other focus areas of FAB 400 are mental health, substance use, minority stress, and identity development. For more information, see the FAB 400 project page.

The FAB 400 team is looking for an intern to support participant retention and engagement. The intern will support the interviewer team by scheduling participant visits, conducting these visits, and contacting participants at follow-up time points. Secondary responsibilities will include maintaining participant records, creating content for social media, and researching topics related to LGBTQ health and wellbeing.

Internship duration

1 year, 10 hours a week (negotiable)

Start date

May 20, 2019


Direct experience with the LGBTQ community (which includes flexibility to learn) is key to succeeding on FAB 400. For this position, it would be helpful if this experience were demonstrated through working, volunteering, organizing or otherwise engaging with LGBTQ folks. We are looking for interns with strong interpersonal skills, initiative, and attention to detail. Because of the nature of FAB 400, a commitment to maintaining the confidentiality of our participants is necessary.

Goals for the experience

You can expect to learn the inner workings of a longitudinal LGBTQ health study, including working with research participants directly. You will be trained in how to use REDCap, a database our team uses to store research participant information and administer surveys. As a mandated reporter in the state of Illinois, you will also be trained on running risk assessments, and referring participants to appropriate services in Chicago.

Through working at ISGMH, you will gain exposure to cutting edge LGBT health research methodologies and findings, and have access to conferences, networking events and trainings. There may be the opportunity to be involved in the dissemination of study findings, through academic presentations, posters, and newsletters.

Please note that this is an unpaid internship. If relevant, interns may choose to work with their college/university to receive course credit.

To apply, please submit a resume & the ISGMH internship application to Jazz Stephens by April 30, 2019.

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.