Contracted Student Intern

Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Boston, MA3.9

30+ days ago
The graduate student intern will work closely with the Director/Principal Investigator and staff at the Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention on various studies and projects pursued by the Center. Assignments will include help with data cleaning, study design development, SAS code programming, and data analysis related to birth defects research studies and surveillance tasks at the Center.

Qualifications Desired at Hire:
The ideal applicant will have a sound training in epidemiology, and be in the process of gaining a master’s degree or Ph.D. in epidemiology, biostatistics, or related field. The intern will have advanced knowledge of SAS, including macros and SQL/relational database environments. Applicants must have experience working with large datasets, extraction and manipulation of data sources, as well as experience conducting statistical analyses, including univariate, bivariate and multivariate analysis. Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills, and attention to detail, are a must for this position.

Please note: Candidate must be currently enrolled full- or part-time in a graduate program at an accredited college or university.

Hours are flexible, but typically 20 hours per week (or up to 37.5 hours per week based on candidate's availability).

Additional Information:
Benefits are unavailable with the exception of sick leave accruals.

Contracts are renewable, subject to the Department approval, performance and allocation of funds.

Merit and C.O.L.A. increases may be included.

All employees will be paid on a biweekly basis and must have direct deposit.

Period of Service:
9/1/18 - 6/30/19

  • Renewable subject to appropriation.
Pre-Hire Process

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact Health Human Resources at 1-800-850-6968.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.

We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.


Please see Preferred Qualifications.