2008 Paid Summer Internships (2) Available

Institute for Community Research

The Youth Action Research Institute (YARI) of the Institute for Community Research (ICR) in Hartford, CT has summer internships available for graduate students interested in working with and training youth to conduct Participatory Action Research (PAR). YARI uses a PAR model to empower youth to make changes in their communities. Each summer YARI conducts a Summer Youth Research Institute for high school students in Hartford, Connecticut. This summer we are interested in recruiting at least one intern with interest and experience in using Visual Research such as PhotoVoice as a research method.

Goals of the Summer Youth Research Institute are to:

§ Demonstrate to young people the ways research can be used to solve community problems;

§ Teach skills such as problem identification, research methods, computers, and information presentation and dissemination;

§ Demystify the process of research by engaging teens in a project which investigates issues of importance to them, their peers, and their communities;

§ Increase school and community attachment by linking an educational process with a project that invests in the communities of the participants;

§ Create group bonding around positive community participation;

§ Improve community conditions by disseminating and applying the results of research through education and advocacy.

What would you get out of this internship? An opportunity to:

§ Share your research and advocacy expertise with youth in CT;

§ Improve your research skills through exchanging ideas with youth;

§ Build professional relationships with researchers at the Institute for Community Research;

§ Explore future employment and/or thesis topic with researchers involved in research surrounding youth.


§ Graduate level work in social sciences, health, or related fields;

§ Experience with research methods

§ Experience working with diverse youth populations (including urban and sexual minority youth);

§ Excellent communication and organization skills;

§ Ability to work with a team.

Internships run from June 9, 2008 through August 4, 2008. Stipend: $3,000.

For more information contact Marlene J. Berg (860) 278-2044 ext. 226 (email: marlene.berg@icrweb.org)