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NJ WRIISC Research Internship & Externship Programs

Internships

Overview

The Cardiorespiratory Physiology Laboratory (CPL) is offering placements in its Research Internship Program to qualified students. The internship 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.

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

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Eligibility

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.

Externships

Overview

The Behavioral Health Research Lab (BHRL) is offering placements in its Psychology Externship Program to qualified students who are interested in clinical research, health psychology, and Veterans’ health. The externship program is a 2-day per week placement. The BHRL develops and tests behavioral health interventions to help Veterans better manage complex post-deployment health concerns, including medically unexplained symptoms, chronic pain, and other symptoms. As part of the BHRL, externs will develop both research and clinical skills relevant to advanced study in clinical, counseling or health psychology. Research experiences include exposure to study protocols and research procedures such as assisting with study recruitment, screening, and enrollment. Interested externs may also have the opportunity to participate in a small data analysis project. Clinical experiences include learning to deliver behavioral health interventions within a clinical research study, as well as performing suicide risk assessments. Externs may also have opportunities to administer neuropsychological tests as part of research data collection, as well as to co-facilitate a behavioral activation therapy group. Externs participate in a regular didactic program offering training in a range of topics relevant to Veterans’ health, clinical research, behavioral health, and professional development and may also attend select internal trainings, as appropriate. Our program aims to provide a collaborative, positive, and productive culture to support externs in their training goals.

For questions or additional details regarding the BHRL’s Psychology Externship Program at the WRIISC, please contact Dr. David Litke (800-248-8005; David.Litke@va.gov) or Dr. Fiona Graff (800-248-8005; FionaA.Graff@va.gov).

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Eligibility

Prospective candidates must be enrolled as a full time student in an accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology who have completed at least one full year of graduate training.

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Application Procedure

Prospective candidates must submit the following to Dr. Litke or Dr. Graff via email:

  • Cover letter stating your interest in externship training at the BHRL
  • Current curriculum vita
  • Transcript of graduate work, including current coursework
  • Letter of approval from the graduate program verifying readiness for the externship placement
  • Two letters of recommendation from clinical or research supervisors

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Selection Process

Although we are not a participant in the NYNJADOT match, we do follow the NYNJADOT-PSYDNYS timeline and guidelines. Typically, these guidelines state that applications are to be submitted in mid-January; interviews are conducted during the month of February; with offers made in early March. Externship placements begin in September.

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Important Information

As this internship is at a federal facility, selected externs must complete a formal background check and perform on-line research trainings in order to participate in research activities.