The Youth Development program area is seeking an undergraduate-level intern to support research and evaluation projects primarily focused on juvenile justice system transformation. Research studies in this area place special emphasis on racial and ethnic equity, positive youth development, community engagement, and the translation of research to practice and policy. The position will be remote and offer up to 20 hours per week.
Child Trends’ Youth Development team studies adolescence and young adulthood and the contexts that shape development. Our ultimate mission is to foster positive development and well-being among adolescents and young adults. Through rigorous research, evaluation, technical assistance, and measure development, we aim to improve the programs, systems, and policies that impact adolescents, young adults, and their families. We develop logic models, conduct needs assessments, design programs, build program capacity for data-driven decision making, and share our findings with a variety of partners. Our work is grounded in a positive youth development approach that is strengths-based, responsive to the needs of communities, and focused on improving program quality, reducing disparities, and promoting positive outcomes and equity. Our team’s interests span a variety of topics, including out-of-school time, school- and community-based interventions, youth and young adult employment, economic self-sufficiency, juvenile justice, behavioral and emotional health, and the prevention of substance use and other risk behaviors.
Our team values equity and recognizes that systemic discrimination has negatively impacted the well-being of individuals, families, and communities who also are underrepresented in the research field. As researchers, we aim to promote equity by centering the lived experiences of these individuals in our research. As researchers, we also commit to ensuring that we are contributing to Child Trends’ work culture in an equitable way. We strongly encourage individuals from populations that are historically underrepresented in research and academic fields (e.g., first-generation college students, people of color, individuals with lived experience in the justice system) to apply.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
- Helping engage community members and other key partners in the interpretation of study findings from policy, program, or community perspectives.
- Assisting more senior researchers by locating, retrieving, reading, and/or summarizing articles for literature reviews.
- Completing fact and citation checks on journal articles, research reports, website content, and other publications.
- Drafting sections of research briefs, reports, or other publications.
- Preparing materials for data collection
- Supporting recruitment, consent, and follow up with study participants.
- Assisting with conducting virtual focus groups or interviews.
- Tabling statistical output results (e.g., SAS or STATA) in Excel.
- Assisting with routine meeting logistics, taking detailed notes, organizing project files, and tracking important project deadlines.
- Supporting Child Trends’ best-place-to-work environment and commitment to racial and ethnic equity.
- Currently enrolled and in good standing in an undergraduate program (juniors or above).
- Experience and interest in juvenile justice policy, education policy, and youth development.
- Strong interest in pursuing a research career related to juvenile justice transformation, especially to focus on equity.
- Lived experience in the justice system (e.g., prior involvement with the justice system, friends/family with current or prior involvement in the justice system) is preferred.
- Detail orientation.
- Experience with word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), and presentation (PowerPoint) applications, as well as Internet proficiency, are required.
- The ability to work independently and the flexibility to handle multiple tasks.
- Undergraduate interns will be paid $18/hr.
How to Apply:
Please follow the “apply” link to submit your application. When asked by the system to upload resume, please upload one document that includes your resume, cover letter, transcripts, a writing sample, and contact information for three professional references. Materials must be combined into one document in order to be uploaded. If you have any difficulties with this process please email the requested materials to recruitment (at) childtrends.org and make sure to reference the position in the subject line. No phone calls please!
Child Trends, founded in 1979, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children. With annual revenue of $23 million and 192 employees, our clients include federal, state and local government agencies, foundations, and service providers. Our headquarters is located in Bethesda, Maryland, with offices in Minneapolis and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2018, we were recognized as a Great Place to Work for Women, Best Workplace in Consulting & Professional Services and Best Small & Medium Workplace.
Child Trends is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disability encouraged to apply.