Zika Infections & Developmental and Familial Needs Internship

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Internship Description

HR Directions seeks a prospect for its client RTI International for the Zika Infections & Developmental and Familial Needs Internship within the Center for Omics Discovery & Epidemiology in the Social, Statistical, and Environmental Sciences unit.

The Center for Omics Discovery & Epidemiology, encompassing the Newborn Screening, Ethics, and Disability Studies program, focuses on research and policy to improve outcomes for infants, children, adults and families living with disability. This specific division program focuses on newborn screening policy and practice, early intervention and family adaptation to disabilities, and ethical approaches to inform consent and decision-making. For the last three years the division program has partnered with the Altino Ventura Foundation in Recife, Brazil to understand the consequences for children and families of in utero Zika infection. 

The Zika Infections & Developmental and Familial Needs Internship will focus on multiple research projects analyzing data collected for the last 2.5 years from families in Northeast Brazil with an infant(s) exposed to utero Zika infection and diagnosed with Congenital Zika syndrome (CZS). Research focuses on the developmental, adaptive, and functional outcomes of children with CZS, as well as family adaptation (caregiver burden, stress, anxiety, family dynamics, and social support). 

Two selected interns will help analyze multiple datasets for the following opportunities: 1) transcribing and analyzing qualitative Five-Minute Speech Sample data from caregivers, 2) creating or adapting a behavioral coding scheme for mother-child interaction video. There is additional data available for students interested in social sciences research related to neurodevelopment, Zika Virus, public health in Brazil, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and parenting well-being associated with caregiving. This internship will lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Transcribing and analyzing qualitative data
  • Creating or adapting a behavioral coding scheme for mother child interaction videos
  • Drafting literature reviews and manuscripts
  • Assisting with data cleaning
  • RTI's Internship Program emphasizes experiential and mentored learning experiences, providing students and recent degree recipients an opportunity to apply their academic knowledge and skills in a meaningful and practical way. We are committed to developing the future workforce by encouraging interns to explore various career paths in a nonprofit research institute setting that values diversity and inclusion. Through this program, interns will be exposed to RTI's open and educational culture; support RTI's mission to improve the human condition; and build upon their career goals. 

    Additional Information

    This virtual paid internship will take place from early June 2020 through late August 2020. The internship requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week. Hours are flexible during business hours, Monday through Friday. 

    Required Qualifications
  • Currently enrolled (for the duration of the internship) advanced Duke PhD student in social science field
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in child, family, and public health research
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with support as needed
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Proficiency in Portuguese
  • Experience in behavioral or qualitative analysis
  • Experience or interest in disability studies

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