The OHSU Community Outreach, Research and Engagement's (CORE) Internship Program allows undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to experience community engaged research and partnership in action.
CORE Interns work on a wide range of community research projects for local non-profit and government organizations. Projects use research best practices; data-driven decision-making; evidence-based approaches; program evaluation; and community assessments to advance public health issues confronting local communities. CORE Interns may also support OHSU investigator-led community-engaged research studies.
CORE Interns have a variety of responsibilities that depend on the specific projects our office and community organizations are currently working on. Due to the large number of projects, we are often able to match students with tasks that fit their interests and learning objectives. Students will develop skills in some of the following areas:
- Apply a culturally sensitive and equity lens to all projects
- Apply descriptive and inferential statistical methods to analyze public health issues
- Apply ethical principles that govern the practice of public health
- Apply evidence-based approaches to public health and social issues and programs
- Apply principles of research design to assess health and social problems
- Assess and interpret literature
- Collect data for research projects, health assessments, program evaluations, etc.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate public health interventions, programs, and policies
- Design data collection tools
- Develop presentations and reports for academic and community audiences
- Develop strategic plans
- Interpret and synthesize public health data and concepts in formats that are appropriate for community as well as academic partners
- Participate in local research coalitions to support community education and project development
- Solicit and integrate input from community and organization stakeholders
- Test research questions
Qualified candidates will have:
- A strong desire to learn and work in diverse and rural communities
- Basic understanding of public health and/or social research
- The ability to respond quickly to change and stay focused
- The ability to manage multiple tasks and work on multiple projects at the same time