– Value Institute Yearlong Internships

Harrington Value Institute Translational Research Internship: Established in 2015, the Harrington Fund created a research internship program for under-represented minority undergraduates and recent graduates with the goal of encouraging African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students to pursue careers in medicine and translational research. By engaging students in translational research, clinical shadowing, a curriculum rich in didactics and professional development, the Harrington Value Institute Research Internship aims to prepare interns with the foundation necessary to become tomorrow’s leaders in medicine and translational research. Preference will be given to Delaware residents and students attending a Delaware college or university. The intern will be mentored by the Value Institute Harrington Trust Physician Scholar.

Seema S. Sonnad Memorial Fund Research Internship: Established in 2015, this memorial fund honoring Dr. Seema Sonnad’s incredible legacy supports internships in health services and clinical research at the Value Institute to foster future innovations and scientific discoveries. Recent graduates from an accredited bachelor’s or master’s program who intend to pursue a career in health services research are eligible to apply. The intern will assist in the development, implementation, and statistical analysis of research studies addressing health equity, food insecurity, and other key social determinants of health and well-being. The selected intern will also be given the opportunity to help mentor and train undergraduate-level research interns in the Value Institute. The will intern will be mentored by the Corporate Director of the Value Institute who is a trained epidemiologist with research expertise in the areas of health disparities, maternal and child health, and diet and cancer.

Research Internship with Population Health & Community-Based Research Team:  The research intern selected will have the opportunity to participate on multiple research projects, working in concert with the Value Institute’s Population Health & Community Based Research team. They will assist in the establishment of a portfolio of research projects with the overall objective of promoting population health and advancing health equity. Specifically, this program of work will focus on innovating and evaluating health care delivery and community-based interventions designed to improve health behaviors (e.g., smoking, alcohol use, diet, physical activity, and other substance use) by considering the role social and built environment variables (e.g., housing, food deserts, violence, tobacco and alcohol outlet density, green spaces) have on psychological processes that influence decision-making (e.g., choice architecture/framing effect, hyperbolic discounting).

Additional Value Institute Research Internships: In addition to the above programs, we have available internship opportunities working with Value Institute investigators in biostatistics and epidemiology.

Requirements for Internship Programs: Candidates selected for these paid internship positions will be expected to dedicate 30 hours per week on a mentored research project for approximately one year. All projects will be conducted in the Value Institute at Christiana Hospital in collaboration with one or more Christiana Care clinical departments and community-based organizations. At the end of the one-year internship, interns will be expected to present their work at a Value Institute-sponsored venue.

Selected interns will be mentored by research investigators in the Value Institute. Internship activities will vary depending on the intern’s skill set and the assigned project, but may include literature reviews; medical chart review in electronic health records; data collection and entry; quantitative data analysis (e.g., descriptive statistics, regression models); qualitative data analysis; preparation of protocols and IRB applications; and writing up results for dissemination through internal reports, presentations, and publications.


Link to our Value Institute Intern Application here.

Completed applications must include the following:

  • Current resume or CV.
  • Unofficial copy of transcript.
  • One letter of recommendation from an academic or professional source.
  • Writing sample (peer reviewed publications or academic term papers are acceptable).
  • One page essay outlining why the candidate is interested in the internship and how the opportunity is important to their future career goals.
  • Note: please review the online application for additional requirements relating to a specific internship program
Annual Term Deadline
Call for applications Jan – Apr 2019
Applications due April 15, 2019
Interns notified May 2019
Annual Interns start June 2019
Annual Interns complete May 2020

Contact for Questions

Erica Singleton, MPH, CHES

Research Project Manager

Christiana Care Health System, Value Institute