Internship Opportunity

The Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program encompasses all safety and injury prevention programs for Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The program's mission is to prevent and reduce injuries among children and promote safe behaviors and environments through education, programs and research. Our programs include: hospital-based initiatives, Safe Kids of Cumberland Valley, Injury Free Coalition for Kids, the Child Passenger Safety Program and outreach and education initiatives.

Role of the intern

Our internship position provides practical work experience and exposure to the field of pediatric injury prevention and research. The intern will be involved in planning, implementing and evaluating research-driven projects. Interns assist with outreach and hospital events, grant writing, research, the Safe Kids coalition and the Injury-free Coalition for Kids.

Interns must be available a minimum of eight hours per week. The internship can be tailored to 30 to 40 hours a week based on the student’s undergraduate program requirements. Applications will be accepted for all semesters.

Intern responsibilities

  • Assist in benchmarking "best practices" in injury prevention
  • Conduct literature searches and synthesize the findings in written summaries as required
  • Research on community needs and culturally specific programming
  • Assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects
  • Assist in the design of questionnaires and other survey methodologies
  • Support injury prevention manager in data collection and data entry
  • Attend various meetings with program managers and department heads
  • Communicate and present at meetings and other recognized avenues as appropriate
  • Participate in current hospital based injury prevention programs as required
  • Develop educational material and tool kits based on identified needs
  • Design and build safety hospital displays
  • Collect and organize minutes for Safe Kids Coalition meetings and any other meetings as needed
  • Participate in community events as needed
  • Assist with media releases, photo/video, uploads
  • Web development (updating and managing Safety and Injury Prevention website)
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of educational seminars and workshops on injury prevention
  • Research funding opportunities and assist in grant submission
  • Assist in researching legislative initiatives and policies in the area of children's health

You may be asked to perform other duties that are not included above, but they will be consistent with the role.

Knowledge and skills required

  • Candidates with a strong desire to learn.
  • Interest in research
  • Interest in working in the area of children's health and safety
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Strong creativity
  • Ability to travel; mostly local and some to neighboring counties
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher
  • Strong work ethic

Knowledge and experience you will obtain

  • Basic research skills
  • Gain exposure to program planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Networking opportunities with hospital staff and community partners
  • Exposure to different services and their functioning within the hospital
  • Leadership skills