If you are interested in the social sciences, data analysis, or program evaluation, there is good news! Centerstone Research Institute is hiring interns! PLUS they are attending the College of Arts + Sciences Career + Internship Fair! Centerstone Research Institute is part of a larger organization – Centerstone. We spoke with Laura from the Research Institute to learn more about what their specific division does:
Can you give me a brief summary of what Centerstone Research Institute does?
“Centerstone is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of community-based behavioral health care, offering a full range of mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and intellectual and developmental disabilities services in Indiana, Florida, Illinois, and Tennessee.
At Centerstone’s Research Institute, we conduct research to prevent and cure mental illness and addiction. A large part of this is program evaluation, which is what my team does. We collect data from clients as they receive services in order to understand client outcomes and improve programs’ effectiveness.”
What is your favorite part about working there?
“It gives me the opportunity to support communities and help people through research. My favorite part of my work is uncovering patterns about our clients and their outcomes, and sharing those insights with service providers to support their work.”
What if a student does not have a mental health related major? How can they get into the field?
“Program evaluators are needed in many different fields! If you want to get into program evaluation at Centerstone or elsewhere, several majors can be good starting points, including public health, education, computer science, business, and of course the social sciences. Any research experience is valuable. Also, internships or volunteer work in a non-profit, school, or healthcare provider is a good way to gain experience about how programs work. My team hosts several unpaid internships every semester for IU undergrads, so look for our job posting on the Handshake site if you’re interested!”
If you want to learn more:
Be sure to register in Handshake for the College of Arts + Sciences Career + Internship Fair and sign up for an individual session with a rep from Centerstone Research Institute. If you would like to learn more about support from the Walter Center for unpaid internships, you can learn about internship scholarships.