NJ WRIISC Research Internship Program - War Related Illness and Injury Study Center
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NJ WRIISC Research Internship Program

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  • For questions or additional details regarding the WRIISC Research Internship Program, please contact the Internship Director, Dr. Michael Falvo (800-248-8005; wriisc.nj@va.gov).


The WRIISC Research Internship Program provides students an opportunity to work with WRIISC researchers and clinicians, in an environment dedicated to the post-deployment health of Veterans. The WRIISC is housed within the VA NJ Health Care System where we have a number of cutting edge research laboratories. The WRIISC research program is expansive and faculty pursues a variety of interests ranging from human physiology to behavioral health to healthcare delivery. We encourage you to look through the faculty profiles and active research projects, and to contact investigators directly for more detailed information.

The Internship Program is designed to be flexible and there is no predefined length to an internship. If students are seeking course credit, formal arrangements with the college/university are possible. Interns are expected to work out the details of their internship experience with their supervising faculty mentor (i.e., hours/week, duration, responsibilities, and expected outcome/products).

All interns are expected to fully engage in a wide variety of WRIISC research activities such as didactic trainings and journal clubs. Interns are also engaged in our Clinical Program whereby each intern must shadow at least one Veteran completing a comprehensive clinical evaluation during his/her internship. At the culmination of the internship, the intern will present a summary of their work and/or project to WRIISC staff and colleagues.

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Prospective candidates must be enrolled as a student at least half-time in an accredited college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level.

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Application Procedure

Prospective candidates must submit the following to the Internship Director via email:

  • A curriculum vitae or resume, with the names/contact information of two references
  • A description of your current program of study and status (i.e. year in school, major, relevant courses completed)
  • A cover letter describing your research interests, goals for the internship, and faculty with whom you would like to work
  • Transcript

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Selection Process

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and qualified applicants will be interviewed via phone, video conference and/or on-site. Individual faculty members select their own interns and serve as the Primary Faculty Supervisor; however, an intern may work with multiple faculty should there be a shared interest or joint project. At the present time, the WRIISC Research Internship Program is an unpaid internship.

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Important Information

As this internship is at a federal facility, selected interns must complete a formal background check and perform on-line research trainings in order to participate in research activities. Please be aware that this process may take several months to complete. We therefore encourage applicants to contact the WRIISC well ahead of their preferred internship start date.