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Summer Internship Program

Every summer, we invite high school, undergraduate, graduate, and medical students to participate in our summer internship program. CFAAR divided the program into two sections that align with students' level of learning: 1) High school track (Ambassadors Program) includes one week of intense learning that provides an introduction to high impact research with ample team-building opportunities; and 2) Undergraduate/graduate track (Summer Scholars) an 6-week program that allows 10 undergraduate students and 3 graduate students to strengthen their skills in epidemiological, clinical, and community-based food allergy and asthma research. Students receive hands-on research experience including but not limited to: shadowing recruitment and study enrollments for our studies, strengthening their skills in conducting literature reviews, interpreting data and writing scientific manuscripts, practicing public speaking, and assisting with survey development and dissemination. In addition, students also attend weekly didactic sessions to learn from our team members on various research and medicine topics.

Learn more about the application process and program below.

Application Process

Application details for Summer 2022 coming soon. 

If you have any questions about the Ambassadors program (high school track), please email CFAARAmbassadors@northwestern.edu.

If you have any questions about the Scholars prgoram (undergraduate/graduate track), please email CFAARScholars@northwestern.edu.

CFAAR Ambassadors Program Goals

  1. Introduction to Basic Research Concepts
  2. Telling the Research Story
  3. Completing a Final Project Infographic

CFAAR Ambassadors Program Description

The Ambassador Summer Internship Program is an internship program for currently enrolled high school students sponsored by the Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research (CFAAR) at Northwestern University. The program exposes students to epidemiological, clinical, and community-based research and programming over one-week each summer. Program participants will work with researchers and research staff to gain a basic knowledge of how to access, interpret, and critically evaluate research literature.

Participants will engage in workshops, didactic lectures, team-building exercises, CFAAR social media takeovers consisting of relevant content to CFAAR and a look into the student’s “ambassadorship” experience. Ambassadors will be asked to synthesize complex research information into an infographic as their final presentation.

Qualifications

Prospective interns must have the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in high school
  • Enthusiasm for research and intellectual curiosity
  • Ability to connect with our team via zoom and participate fully within an online environment
  • Ability to attend a 1-2 day research boot camp at the beginning of the summer and all 8 weeks of programming

Summer Scholars Program Goals

  1. Critical Appraisal of Research
  2. Telling the Research Story
  3. Completing a Final Project Presentation

CFAAR Summer Scholars Program Overview

  • Module 1: Introduction to Research, Medicine, and Public Health
  • Introduction to Food Allergy Epidemiology, Management, and Health equity
  • Module 2: Introduction to Research Methods and Literature Reviews
  • Food Allergy Quality of life and management
  • Module 3: Quantitative Methods
  • Module 4: Rethinking Medicine: Vulnerable Populations
  • Module 5: Implicit Bias
  • Module 6: The Social Context of Illness: Family Systems Theory
  • Module 7: Structural Competency and Social Determinants of Health

Qualifications

Prospective interns must have the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program
  • Completed first year of undergraduate program
  • Enthusiasm for research and intellectual curiosity
  • Ability to connect with our team via zoom and participate fully within an online environment
  • Ability to attend a 1-2 day research boot camp at the beginning of the summer and all 8 weeks of programming

Preferred but not required:

  • Experience with social media design or content curation
  • Website, graphic design, or video editing skills
  • Experience recruiting participants for a study
  • Experience with data analysis and/or biostatistical coursework
  • Familiarity with Excel
  • Scientific writing skills

Accounts from 2020 Scholars

This internship applies to directly to my desired future career in medicine. It helped me gain exposure to research in a hands-on manner. Additionally, I now understand the basis for writing manuscripts, including collecting and analyzing data. Overall, I'm sure I will use the analytical skills I developed in this internship frequently in my academic and professional futures. 10/10 experience.”

– Pranav Bajaj 2020

My role was to create data abstractions for papers examining allergy prevalence, so I've spent a lot of time reading papers on allergy prevalence, particularly the methods, and recording data on prevalence and allergy definitions, as well as compiling relevant figures from the papers. This has been a very positive experience, as I have been able to read more about the types of studies done on health disparities while also becoming more efficient at assessing scientific literature."

– Ben Grobman 2020

This internship further solidified my interest in pursuing a career in medicine and also how a grounding goal for my life will remain to improve the quality of life for those with chronic illness - including food allergy and asthma! I was very impressed with the online experience; overall, it was very smooth especially compared to e-learning at my school. I absolutely loved the internship experience and beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to participate this summer! I learned so much for the entire team and Dr. Gupta and am excited to continue to stay involved."

– Julia Auerbach 2020

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