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Research Intern


The Safe Kids Worldwide Research Department is currently accepting applications for an internship from current undergraduate and master’s students or recent graduates interested in public health or social sciences, who have a strong interest in child safety and child health initiatives. This is a hands-on, proactive internship where you will assist in research related activities and see that research translated into education efforts, news and other channels. Our organization is fast-paced and a can-do attitude is essential. The internship is a great opportunity to gain real world professional and public health experience.

NOTE: Due to COVID, we anticipate that internships will be conducted remotely until at least Spring Term 2021. We will be monitoring the situation for Summer 2021. Although the internship will be remote, interns will still be expected to adhere to a weekly schedule and to participate in routinely scheduled meetings and calls via digital channels (e.g, Microsoft Teams, Zoom).

Internship duration is typically three months in duration, with opportunities for extension. This is an unpaid internship. However, academic credit can be earned as determined by the regulations of your school's academic office. Candidates seeking academic credit are advised to apply early as internships involving credit cannot begin until an agreement between SKW and their school’s academic office is complete.

Preferred Candidates

We are giving preference to those willing to be part of a full-time internship (40 hours/week). Preference will also be given to candidates whose resumes/CVs clearly describe public health research experience relevant to the qualifications listed below. Projects completed for school credit are acceptable as experience so long as the applicant is able to describe in detail the experience and relevant skills gained.


Depending on the research activities underway at the time, interns will have the opportunity to support the work of the Research Team in several ways, including:

  • Conducting background research and literature searches on a variety of injury risk areas, both for the U.S. and internationally
  • Conducting descriptive analyses and updating fact sheets
  • Assisting with literature reviews of childhood injury risk areas
  • Assisting with drafting and reviewing of research reports
  • Participating in writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications
  • Monitoring child injury-focused research publications
  • Contributing individually in meetings and brainstorming sessions
  • Assisting with organization of information to enhance research department functions


  • Experience conducting research in public health or social sciences, including:
    • Analyzing data
    • Conducting literature reviews
  • Detail-oriented work style
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in teams
  • Desire to learn about public health research and project management
  • Preferred: Background or demonstrated interest in public health
  • Preferred: Demonstrated proficiency in Excel and at least one statistical software package (e.g., STATA, SPSS, SAS)

About Safe Kids Worldwide

Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to prevent childhood injury, the number one killer of children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an unintentional injury each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of members of more than 400 coalitions in the United States and with partners in more than 30 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns poisonings and more. To learn more, visit

How To Apply

To apply for this internship: 1) submit a cover letter and a resume to, specifying “Research Internship” in the email subject line; and 2) indicate in the email the term(s) for which you are applying (see below). Due to the high volume of applications Safe Kids receives, only candidates who are selected for interviews will be notified of their application status via email. No phone calls, please.

Applications are typically reviewed on a rolling basis for the following semesters:

  • Spring Term (February-May)
  • Summer Term (June-August)
  • Fall Term (September-December)