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Thank you for your interest!  We are currently only accepting new applications for the AURORA project – but will re-open our GTP application later this spring — please check back regularly!

Responsibilities and Requirements:

Intern Research Interviewers with the Grady Trauma Project are involved in many different aspects of the project.  They are involved in participant recruitment, assessment and follow-up.  The intern will be FULLY trained by study staff at each stage of involvement and will be thoroughly vetted before being given the responsibility to be in the hospital on their own.  The intern must be comfortable approaching strangers, explaining the consent forms and study procedures, as well as asking the participant questions of a very personal, and at times heavy, nature. The subject of these questions includes history of abuse (sexual, physical, or emotional), life events when the individual felt their life was in danger, the individual’s current living situation, and current psychopathology.

Research, especially reasearch with humans, is very time-intensive.  Interns will be expected to be able to dedicate a minimum of 6 hours per week, to be determined based on the intern’s availability and grasp of subject matter.  An academic background in Psychology, Biology, or Neuroscience is strongly preferred but not required.


In addition to playing an important role in advancing the research, interns will gain valuable first-hand experience in patient interactions, an important component of any type of clinical practice. Interns are also welcome to attend weekly team meetings (Friday, 11 am – 1 pm), where the entire research group gathers to present and discuss our research findings, other relevant studies, as well as the participant interviews conducted during the previous week. Additionally, there are several opportunities for progressing to more advanced responsibilities, including preparing and presenting posters, talks and papers. As project interns, individuals will have the chance to interact with leading doctors and scientists in the trauma field, as well as graduate and medical students. These connections have the potential to lead to mentorship and collaboration down the road.

The AURORA Study (The AURORA Study is Currently accepting applicants for Summer 2020 Openings!)
The AURORA Study, based out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is taking place across the country and studying the process of recovery after experiencing a traumatic event.  Volunteers will be responsible for using EPIC, the hospital charting system, to screen for potential participants, directly enrolling patients within the trauma center, and calling participants that were seen in the hospital over the last 72 hours, but not approached by any of our staff, to schedule a follow-up visit.  Volunteers will be adequately trained by the study coordinator to preform all aspects of the enrollment, including using EPIC, approaching patients in the Trauma Center, obtaining informed consent, passing out study materials, and completing wet-lab procedures processing blood samples after the completion of an enrollment.  This study will require volunteers to commit either 12-16 hours weekly throughout the summer semester, OR 6-8 hours per week for a minimum of two semesters, and active participation will be required for a potential recommendation letter.  Volunteers will have the option of working multiple weekday shifts (M-F 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, 4pm-8pm) or weekend shifts (8am-2pm or 10am-4pm) each week.  Volunteers will also be asked to attend one weekly supervision meeting, held Friday’s at 1:30pm, to meet as a team with one of our staff psychologists.  Supervision is held to ensure that there is a space to ask questions and gain support related to enrollments, as some may be challenging and deal with challenging traumatic events.  We will also discuss relevant papers and have guest speakers, making this a great opportunity to meet other researchers in the field and learn about trauma research.  Every new volunteer MUST be available for two weekend days of training, each lasting about 6 hours, over the course of two weekends (even those applying for weekday shifts).  Summer training sessions will be held Sunday, April 19th, 2020 and Sunday, April 26th, 2020.  The AURORA Study is an excellent opportunity to get both research and clinical exposure, working directly within the Emergency Department ecosystem, and is suited for anyone interested in pursuing medicine, research, or another healthcare related field.  Please apply at the provided link with your resume/CV and statement of interest, and be sure to indicate your interest in the Emergency Department study.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout each semester, however each group of interns will be trained simultaneously.  We will on-board new interns at the beginning of the Spring, Summer and Fall terms.

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