Applications are currently being invited for Fall and Spring 2020 / 2021 REMOTE Clinical Research Internships at the Nathan S. Kline Institute (NKI) in Orangeburg, NY. The NKI fosters a collaborative environment where interns have the opportunity to gain excellent clinical and research experience. NKI internships are unpaid; however, we are happy to support efforts to secure funding through scholarships at your university and/or course credits, if applicable.
The NKI offers five internship tracks with potential placement throughout the Institute: General Clinical Research, Biomedical Imaging and Neuromodulation Research, Behavioral Health / Cardiorespiratory Fitness Clinical Research, Neuropsychology Focused Clinical Research, and Education / Outreach. Research internships are ideally suited to students with x undergraduate foundation coursework in biology, psychology, or neuroscience and some research methods/statistics who are planning a career in either behavioral or clinical research or clinical practice and are seeking research experience. Careers may include but are not limited to: Psychologist, Social Workers, Neuroscientist, Psychiatrist, Public Health Researcher.
General Research Track: This internship includes the opportunity to assist with implementation and data management across several ongoing research programs. For example, the NKI-Rockland Sample Initiative (NKI-RSI) is a large-scale research program focused on understanding brain maturation and brain health, and mental health relationships across the lifespan utilizing innovative MRI-based imaging approaches and in-depth clinical research assessments. NKI faculty in the Clinical Research Department conduct clinical trials and experiments that characterize aspects of mental health and examine therapeutics targeting symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and schizophrenia. NKI faculty in Social Solutions and Services Research examine social and structural determinants of health that impact mental health and substance use. Additional opportunities may exist across the diverse range of NKI research programs.
Specific Research Tracks
Biomedical Imaging and Neuromodulation Track: Center for Biomedical Imaging Neuromodulation (C-BIN) is dedicated to the development, refinement, and application of innovative MRI- and EEG-based imaging approaches to characterize brain maturation across the lifespan, with a particular focus on understanding the impact of psychiatric illnesses on maturational processes. This internship includes opportunities to assist with the quality assessment, processing and analysis of functional and structural MRI data, to assist in the identification and implementation of novel algorithms for data analysis, to assist in the interpretation of findings and preparation of reports, and to assist in identifying literature that is relevant to methods and findings.
(**Behavioral Health NOT OFFERED AS REMOTE INTERNSHIP – Inquiries welcome for Spring 2021**)
Behavioral Health / Cardiorespiratory Fitness Research Track: This internship is focused on the administration of a submaximal cardio-respiratory fitness assessment in the context of a large-scale research program that investigates brain-health-behavior relationships. This experience is ideally-suited to candidates who are completing undergraduate degrees with a focus on sports medicine, kinesiology, or who want to pursue careers in behavioral health, physical therapy, or fitness training.
Neuropsychology Focused Research Track: This internship includes opportunities to assist with test administration, data management, and/or data analysis and manuscript preparation on mentored research projects or contribute to ongoing projects.
Education / Outreach Track: This internship includes the opportunity to assist with outreach and recruitment activities for research studies throughout NKI such as identifying ways to increase community’s awareness of research initiatives and public educational programming in addition to developing and implementing outreach strategies for the recruitment of community participants in research. Some graphic design experience is helpful.
TO APPLY, choose one of the five internship tracks. If the general track, please also include research program of interest. Send a resume and a statement describing how your experience and career goals are a good match for the internship track you selected. Please also include preferred start and end dates, and days and hours per week available for the internship. Your application is unlikely to receive full consideration unless you submit requested information.