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Internships in Global Health - Rutgers Cancer Institute and Center for Tobacco Studies
New Brunswick, United States (Outgoing Program)
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|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||Global Health and Health Policy||Program Type:||Internship|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Language Prerequisite:||No|
|Program Features:||Field Work, Research||Degree Level:||1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students|
|Time Away:||Summer||Housing options:||Apartment (alone), Apartment (Shared), Dormitory, Student responsibility|
|Duration of Program:||8 or more weeks|
Rutgers Cancer Institute & Center for Tobacco Studies
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Duration: 8-12 weeks
Number of Positions: 3
About: As New Jersey’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI) – designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s team of internationally recognized physicians and researchers is driven by a singular focus and mission, to help individuals fight cancer. Through the transformation of laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, we target cancer with precision medicine, immunotherapy and clinical trials and provide the most advanced, comprehensive, and compassionate world-class cancer care to adults and children. This mission is being accomplished in partnership with RWJBarnabas Health. Rutgers Cancer Institute physicians and scientists work side by side to make sure the most sophisticated treatments are delivered to our patients quickly and safely - the future of cancer treatments today.
The mission of the Center for Tobacco Studies (CTS) is to enhance the evaluation and surveillance of tobacco control as well as industry initiatives and strategies, by conducting research studies, that include primary and secondary data collection and analysis and qualitative and quantitative methods, and to translate and disseminate findings to program planners and policy makers. We seek to advance the scientific base for tobacco surveillance and evaluation by conducting applied research of high quality, integrity, and innovation. We also have a strong collaborative working relationship with the Cancer Prevention & Control Research Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
Intern Responsibilities: There are 4 possible internship focus areas for student interns. When applying, please indicate the one or ones you would like to be considered for. There is no limit.
FOCUS AREA #1 – Tobacco Control Policy Research
An intern will join CTS in its mission to conduct, translate and disseminate tobacco-related health research in order to improve public health outcomes. The specific assignment for the intern will be finalized pursuant to student skills and organizational needs, however priority project content areas include:
Supporting the exploration of the effects of exposure to cigar packaging with varying warning labels on cigar perceptions, use intentions, and use among young adults
- Examining marketing tactics and product descriptors for specific combustible products.
- Reviewing statewide Tobacco 21 legislation and the exploration of implementation of Tobacco 21 policies.
- Activities may involve literature search and reviews, data, entry and document drafting.
FOCUS AREA #2 – Demographic Cancer Survey Project
Health disparities are salient in cancer prevention, detection, treatment, survival, and research. To better understand and address the unique needs of the community which Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey serves, investigators are conducting a catchment area survey. An intern will develop an original project, synthesizing available national, state, and catchment area survey data on demographics, housing, cancer history, healthcare access and barriers, insurance and financial issues, access to food and communications, lifestyle and health behaviors, cancer knowledge and beliefs, attitudes toward clinical trials and genetic testing, healthcare decision-making, and attitudes toward palliative care. Specific activities may include literature reviews, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, geographic analysis, meetings with researchers and, healthcare providers, community cancer control outreach specialists, and patient advocates, as well as presentation of findings and recommendations to promote cancer health equity.
Focus Area #3 - Fighting Disparities in Cancer Treatment through Technology
Genetic counseling and testing among cancer patients may identify mutations that increase cancer risk in family members, which can guide prevention and screening behaviors and treatment, and to reduce the cancer burden. However, health ethnic, racial and geographic disparities are salient in genetic testing and across the cancer continuum, leading to poorer outcomes for racial and ethnic minority groups. To improve awareness and access to genetic cancer risk assessment in underserved populations, researchers are studying the feasibility of an online intervention which includes an educational program and a chatbot. An intern will join the investigative team in performing a literature review, community engaged research, developing and testing the chatbot that may increase genetic testing, improve health equity, and potentially save lives in collaboration with researchers, genetic counselors and other health professionals.
Qualifications: Will vary depending on the desired internship. May include laboratory skills in molecular biology, quantitative or qualitative research experience, interest and coursework in relevant fields. Desirable qualifications include academic or technical writing experience or experience with social media.
Websites: www.cinj.org and sph.rutgers.edu/centers/cts/index.html.
Research Posters from Past Rutgers CINJ & CTS Princeton Student Interns:
Kristen Pagliai '20 - From Pilot to Publication: The Lifecycle of Cancer Prevention Research
Sophia Peifer '21 - The Availability of JUUL Flavored Products near Rutgers Campus
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