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Behavioral Health Internship (Paid)


Are you interested in social determinants of health, self-determination, and person-driven approaches in mental health and substance use service systems? Would you like to gain experience in program and policy research? Do you have lived experience of the mental health service system? Come join a mission-driven team that conducts mixed methods research and applied systems analyses to support the development of good and modern behavioral health systems.

Who We Are

The Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute. Our team of nationally recognized experts provides high-quality research, evaluation, program implementation, and data and statistical services. We assist federal and state agencies and local communities in their quest to improve the health, well-being, and economic and housing stability of the populations they serve—and to remove obstacles to quality of life. We achieve this by conducting collaborative, inclusive research and working to identify sustainable, person-driven solutions. We conduct this work across all fields of health and human services, including population health, behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, aging and physical disabilities, child and family well-being, and housing and homelessness.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and our office is accessible by public transportation. 

What We’re Looking For

We’re seeking a part-time (10 to 15 hours/week) intern to work on behavioral health research and evaluation projects in our Cambridge, MA offices. Primary responsibilities include notetaking and transcription of qualitative interview data, literature searches and summaries, and assisting with other research and program evaluation activities.

We’re looking for someone who is deeply interested in mental health systems research and evaluation, who communicates clearly, and who enjoys developing and maintaining positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, and co-workers.

This is a paid internship, with compensation to be negotiated based on hours and experience, and ideal candidates will have lived experience of the mental health service system and a strong interest in program and policy research, recovery and wellness, self-determination, and person-driven approaches.


  • Maintain project records and files;
  • Schedule meetings and take notes;
  • Create interview transcripts and summaries;
  • Gather information through literature reviews and searches;
  • Data entry and coding;
  • Proofreading and other editorial tasks;
  • Help prepare presentation materials, reports, and briefs.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Good communication skills, organizational skills, and writing skills
  • Ability to learn additional software and applications such as those used for web conferencing, online meetings, and for managing and storing project schedules, information, and materials
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Education and Experience

  • Minimum requirement is completion of junior year in college; bachelor’s degree or 1 to 2 years of relevant experience is preferred
  • Basic to intermediate experience with productivity software such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in a typical office environment
  • Routine meetings are held face-to-face, by telephone, or via web conference
  • Work is performed in a team-driven environment

To Apply

Email your cover letter and resume, in PDF format, to, and include the job title in the subject line. Or send to: Human Services Research Institute, 2336 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140

No phone calls please.


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