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Clinical Research Student Building Bridges

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  • You must be a Black or Latinx student interested in mental health careers, with excellent communication skills, experience with diverse youth, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Proficiency in database management and another language is a plus. Located in MA is preferred.
  • You will assist with research coordination, data management, patient interaction, community outreach, strategic planning, mentoring high school interns, conference planning, clinical care meetings, and present a scholarly project.

Graduate Job

Research & Development, HealthcareBoston


  • This is a 6-month, full time internship program (full time summer or 15-20 hours per week fall are also possible) for motivated Black and Latinx college students interested in contributing to and learning about specialized research, treatment, outreach, and prevention strategies for youth who are experiencing signs of clinical high risk for developing psychosis. This co-op is a great opportunity for students who are committed to increasing equity and access to culturally responsive, prevention-focused specialty mental health services across Massachusetts and who are considering a research or clinical career in psychology, social work, counseling, nursing or psychiatry.


  • Self-identified as Black or Latinx
  • Demonstrated of previous work experience – able to provide at least 1 reference from former or current employer
  • Considering career in psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, or counseling
  • Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated experience and interest working with culturally diverse youth and a commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Interest in working with youth with mental health conditions and ability to use supervision and training to learn to interact safely and professionally with individuals whose reality testing, mood regulation, behavior, and/or hygiene may be impaired
  • Proficiency with database management (e.g., excel, redcap) and website development (e.g., using Squarespace or Weebly) is a plus
  • Being a permanent resident of MA is a plus.
  • Fluency in another language (especially Spanish) is a plus.

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • 2B-EPIC Co-op Interns will take part in several activities within the department, including:
  • Research coordination for NIMH-funded national studies focused on early identification and intervention for youth at clinical high risk for psychosis (CHR-P):
  • Data entry/ management
  • Organizing and filing study materials
  • Maintaining and updating databases
  • Helping to maintain compliance with BIDMC’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), including submissions and organization of regulatory materials.
  • Scoring assessment data for participants
  • Taking notes at study meetings and sharing updates and agendas
  • Opportunities for direct patient and participant interaction:
  • Work one-on-one with clients through the ASPIRE clinic and InVEST coaching study
  • Develop coaching skills by helping clients with their executive functioning through various organizational and productivity skills
  • Attend weekly meetings for patient supervision
  • Massachusetts Psychosis Prevention Partnership and Massachusetts Psychosis Network for Early Treatment:
  • Attending weekly meetings and engaging in planning discussions for program activities and events
  • Assisting with data management
  • Helping to develop community training materials and website
  • Community Outreach and Engagement:
  • Assisting with planning and organization of outreach events to schools, clinicians, youth agencies, religious organizations, hospitals, and primary care offices
  • Taking part in planning meetings to share ideas for increasing community awareness and engagement with our research and training activities
  • Building and organizing email lists to share events and outreach
  • Designing advertisements, fliers, and community education materials
  • Updating website and building social media presence
  • Strategic planning for enhancing access to racially, linguistically and culturally diverse early psychosis care across MA:
  • Connecting with members from DEI initiatives within the BIDMC department of psychiatry, Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Early Psychosis Working Group Culturally Responsive Care Sub-group and others to gather information on national best practices and approaches for innovative, culturally targeted, ecological systems theory-informed interventions to meaningfully address the lack of diversity in early psychosis careers.
  • Working together with individuals with lived experience of psychosis who are part of the consumer advisory board for BIDMC psychiatry department.
  • Presenting strategic plan at upcoming meetings, conferences and department meetings and engaging in a plan for implementation of new practices.
  • Assistance and mentoring of high school interns to conduct outreach and other projects:
  • Weekly or more frequently meetings with 2B-EPIC high school interns to provide mentorship on college applications and career planning
  • Working with the 2B-EPIC high school interns to build a community awareness campaign for recognizing and responding to risk for psychosis and reducing stigma related to psychosis and other mental health conditions. Mentoring high school interns
  • Conference planning:
  • Assisting with planning and advertising continuing education events for the department.
  • Communicating with conference faculty
  • Providing technical assistance at events
  • Ensuring adherence to policies for providing continuing education credit
  • Clinical meetings and care:
  • Attend clinic meetings and rounds for clinical programs treating youth experiencing early psychosis or signs of risk.
  • Sit in on research clinical evaluations and assessments.
  • Mentored scholarly project presentation (options for poster and paper publications for some highly motivated students):
  • Meet weekly with research mentor and peers.
  • Research and propose a scholarly project – literature review, data analysis and presentation of findings at a department meeting.
  • Motivated students who can commit more than 6 months may be able to work towards presenting their scholarly project at a poster session or to submit as a manuscript for publication.
  • Contributing to positive lab culture:
  • Taking part in program events and interacting with staff across the program to learn more about different career options in the field
  • Sharing ideas for team-building
  • Helping to recruit and select coop students for the next cycle


Work type

Full time

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