Armed Conflict Research Portfolio Intern

The Research Program on Children and Global Adversity (RPCGA) is based at the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The team’s goals are to advance an evidence base regarding strategies and methods for improving child health service delivery and increasing protections and effective services for children in adversity.

The Armed Conflict Research Portfolio Intern will work closely with the RPCGA’s Project Coordinators and other team members on programs for 1) war-affected youth in Sierra Leone and 2) refugee children and families in the United States. The Armed Conflict Research Portfolio encompasses research on psychosocial adjustment and treatment outcomes in post-conflict settings and in countries of resettlement. It comprises a longitudinal study and intervention trial for war-affected youth in Sierra Leone, a study of mental health difficulties and resilience among Somali Bantu children and families in Boston, and a collaborative study of treatment outcomes across the United States with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

This position includes working with a team on research pertaining to global child mental health problems and war-affected youth. The intern will gain exposure to human subjects and related institutional work on human rights and children and global adversity, particularly in Sierra Leone. Students with interest in gaining exposure to global health issues and research methods are particularly encouraged to apply. The intern will work with the team to develop a data management system and prepare data for in-depth analysis.

Responsibilities and Requirements: The intern will work closely with the Refugee Project Team on data collection presently underway in the United States, and assist with backstopping current fieldwork in Sierra Leone. The intern will gain a broad range of skills related to human subjects research, data management, survey programming, literature review, and tasks related to data collection and analysis. The position requires the completion of a broad range of tasks, flexibility, resourcefulness, and independence.


  • Manage incoming data from the field;
  • Program survey tools using online platform;
  • Assist in measures development;
  • Conduct literature searches on topics related to children and war-affected youth;
  • Transcription of qualitative research interviews
  • Attend meetings with research teams
  • General organization and some administrative tasks;
  • Manuscript editing and referencing;
  • Literature reviews and Endnote library management;
  • Statistical and conceptual analyses for the research team

Specific Requirements:

  • Must be a Harvard undergraduate student
  • Commitment to 12-13 hours per week (we are located in Longwood, but can work with candidates for a flexible schedule);
  • Self-starter, ability to take initiative and work independently;
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through;
  • Good communication (oral and written); works well on a small team;
  • Experience with public health surveys preferred or interest to learn;
  • Strong computer skills required, including web-based literature searches; expertise in Word, familiarity with Excel;
  • Interest in international public health research preferred and/or global mental health

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Grace Lilienthal at