Since 2005, the Duke Center for Research on Personalized Healthcare has worked to support the development and implementation of personalized, proactive, and patient-centered approaches to healthcare. Our internship program at the Center offers current students the unique opportunity to immerse themselves for a semester or summer in personalized health care. Interns are exposed to the works of some of the top thinkers and professionals in the field, including Dr. Ralph Snyderman, the Director of the Center and the “Father of Personalized Medicine.” In addition, we also offer select interns the potential to grow their professional skills by working with research professionals on ongoing quality improvement projects and clinical research studies related to personalized health care.
Interns learn about the clinical applications of personalized health care, and use this knowledge to assist in refining the practical tools needed to bring personalized health care into reality. The program offers interns the freedom to explore personalized health care as it relates to their interests through blog posts, support of the Center’s research studies, and individual projects. Our goal is to make this experience just as enriching for interns as it is for the Center. This unique program is a great opportunity for individuals seeking to move into fields such as healthcare administration, healthcare policy, public policy, public health, pre-med/health sciences, clinical research, economics, and business. Interns will interact with and report to Caroline Meade, Clinical Research Coordinator, Connor Drake, Research Program Leader, and Dr. Ralph Snyderman, Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University and the Director of the Center. Click here to learn more about personalized health care.
Summer interns will receive a stipend of $2500 to support their summer in Durham.
Job responsibilities include:
- Develop and publish original content for the Center for Research on Personalized Health Care blog and website
- Assist with the implementation of a strategic plan and communications strategy for promoting the Duke Center for Research on Personalized Health Care
- Support ongoing clinical research and pilot studies
- Assist with administrative functions at the Center
- Creation of a final deliverable at the end of the internship for a project of your choice
Attributes of successful interns:
- Current undergraduate student or recent graduate with an interest in health care
- Suggested (but not required) fields of study include: public policy, pre-med/health sciences, economics, business, or global health
- Desire to learn and analyze new material
- Self-motivated and innovative individual with an entrepreneurial mindset and organizational skills
- Understanding of blogging and social media outreach
- Statistical Analysis Experience (using SPSS, SAS, or R) or willingness to learn
All questions regarding internship opportunities should be directed to Internship Coordinator Caroline Meade at email@example.com
To apply, email your application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Summer Internship”. Required materials include:
- Writing Sample (3 pages maximum)
- Cover Letter
Applications for Summer 2017 Internships will be accepted until 5pm on April 3rd, 2017. Late applications will not be considered.
Current & past interns reflect on their experiences at the Center–
“While working at the Center I have been allowed to take on my own project, a cost-analysis of their shared medical appointments study, which is a highly valued deliverable, not just busy work. They let you explore what interests you while having the resources of the Center at your disposal. Dr. Snyderman, Connor, and Caroline challenge you to think on your own and ask the hard questions to make your product better.”
“My experience here has made me itch to talk about healthcare with nearly everyone I meet, and it has given me that opportunity by letting me teach about it in a House Course at Duke through the Center’s flexible project program. I am very thankful for what I have learned and I am constantly amazed by the people and professionals that I have met through this internship.”
“This internship has expanded my interests and focus in healthcare and policy. Caroline, Connor, and Dr. Snyderman always entertain my questions and challenge me to find problems, solutions, and application in and with personalized health care topics and elements. I have explored the applications for personalized health care in mental health, challenges in preventive health care application, and some of the logistics of research and quality improvement proposals, just to name a few examples.”
The Duke Center for Research on Personalized Health Care sponsors a House Course at Duke University. Taught by Natalie Moszczynski, this is a half credit course called ‘Personalizing Health in the 21st Century.’ A house course is meant to encourage the diversity of classes offered by Duke by bringing together topics that may interest the student body but are not currently offered.
This course explores topics related to personalized healthcare and its potential to change how we approach health. These topics address major policy and research efforts related to personalized medicine and personalized health care such as President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative and the Affordable Care Act. We explore how healthcare and medicine have evolved towards personalization over the last few decades.
The course focuses on prevention, personalized and predictive medicine, and current integrative strategies for improving how individuals manage their own health. We use the specific example of Personalized Health Care, a method being developed and tested here at Duke. We discuss the opinions of students, highlight how current events apply to our topic, and connect the readings to presentations by guest speakers who are experts in personalized health care, including Dr. Ralph Snyderman.
This course is being offered again during the Fall ’16 semester and anyone interested is encouraged to sign up.
Duke students meet for the 2016 spring house course, instructed by our very own intern Natalie Moszczynski.