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Join the JEAP Initiative in Summer 2023 through the NIDA Summer Research Internship Program!

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Summer Research Internship Program supports undergraduate students with a focus on increasing underrepresented populations in substance use and addiction research. Through this program, students aged 18 years and older are introduced to the field of substance use and addiction research by participating in paid research internships with NIDA funded scientists at universities and research institutions across the United States. Students work with leading scientists for eight weeks during the summer.  

Internship Highlights

  • Join us from anywhere

    The internship with the JEAP Initiative will be conducted virtually, and our team is spread around the U.S.

  • Mentoring

    Receive personalized mentoring from a team of researchers and staff

  • Develop knowledge

    Further your knowledge of substance use disorder, recovery support services, the justice system, Community-Based Participatory Research, and more 

  • Join a team that values lived experience

    All positions on our team have a preferred qualification for lived experience, and three Community Boards guide our work

  • Gain research experience

    Make meaningful contributions to a federally-funded research project

  • Training

    Receive training in skills such as conducting literature reviews, using research-related software, and developing materials to disseminate research findings to a wider audience

  • Informational Interviews

    Meet one-on-one with researchers, providers, and others to learn about possible career paths

  • Receive stipend

    The summer 2023 internship will be full-time, for a period of 8 weeks (start date is flexible). Through the NIDA Summer Research Internship Program, interns will receive a salary in the amount of $15 per hour for a maximum of $4,800 for 8 weeks.

Summer Internship Projects Overview

Two of the goals of the JEAP Initiative include identifying priority areas for research on recovery support services and increasing the number of NIH-funded investigators conducting research on this topic. Building upon the research priorities generated by the JEAP Initiative Community Boards (see more here), the JEAP Initiative is now compiling publications and resources in order to inspire more research in this area. With training and guidance, interns will conduct literature reviews to identify publications relevant to the Community Boards’ research priorities. Interns will contribute to an online interactive tool that allows researchers interested in recovery support services to easily identify key research questions, relevant publications, helpful databases, and other resources.

The JEAP Initiative recently conducted a virtual forum series focused on Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) - see more here. Although prior research has demonstrated the effectiveness of medications for opioid use (MOUD), there are a number of barriers that impede the use of MOUD. This forum series brought together researchers, providers of MOUD, individuals with lived experience, advocates, and others, to explore the barriers and facilitators to MOUD being implemented. To build upon this, Interns will conduct literature reviews and review real-life examples of innovative ways of MOUD being implemented and will summarize this information into educational materials for policymakers.

Testimonials from Previous Interns

“The entire team seemed to appreciate the journey I had taken to get there. They respected who I am and valued what I could add to the conversations at large and the projects I was fortunate enough to help in.”

"This was my first time working in an organization like this so understanding the environment of the workplace, as well as how scientists/researchers and project coordinators, etc. work together behind the scenes was very interesting and beneficial to my own career development. I was able to engage more deeply with not only concepts of substance use disorder, but also human research, grants, disparities in care and resources, demographic surveys, and much more. I felt that I learned a lot and had many opportunities to build skills surrounding the professional environment, resource creation, research, and general collaboration with different roles."

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Intern Qualifications

  • Required Qualifications:

  • Personal or professional interest in substance use disorders, recovery support services, or the justice system

  • The NIDA Summer Research Internship Program is designed for undergraduate students to experience substance use and addiction research in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences. Graduating 2023 college seniors are eligible to apply.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old on or before May 31, 2023 and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States

  • Students must be committed to working for 8 consecutive weeks during the summer (some schedule flexibilities may be allowed)

  • OSLC COVID-19 vaccination policy statement: This policy requires that employees and interns either: a) provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination showing they are fully vaccinated or b) be approved for a medical or religious exemption upon hiring/acceptance to the internship. Requests for exemptions will be reviewed by OSLC administration and grant staff. More information is available upon request.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Although the NIDA Summer Research Internship Program is designed to enhance underrepresented populations in science, individuals from all racial and ethnic groups are eligible to apply. NIDA highly encourages those from underrepresented populations (such NIH definition on this page) to apply for this summer research experience. 

  • Lived experience (your own or through people with whom you are close) with one or more of the following: recovery from substance use, former involvement with the adult criminal justice system, former involvement with the juvenile justice system

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Skills and experience in one or more of the following: conducting literature reviews, drafting documents and summaries of other documents, creating materials for summarizing lengthier information, graphic design

Note: Studies have shown that women and people from underrepresented backgrounds are less likely to apply for positions if they don’t meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are interested in finding the best person for the position and that person may be an applicant who comes from a less traditional background. If you think you are ideal for this position, we would encourage you to apply!

Application Process

For Summer 2023 internships with the JEAP Initiative, students will apply through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Summer Research Internship Program.

Note: when completing the application, under Site Selections, select "135. Building a Lasting Foundation to Advance Actionable Research on Recovery Support Services (Oregon Social Learning Center)"

Application Deadline: February 10, 2023

Internship Alumni

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James Tompkins


Intern in Fall 2022 & Winter 2023


James, an intern for the JEAP Initiative, is currently an undergraduate student at Cal State Bakersfield, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Policy and Administration. James is driven by a passion for using his own lived experience to create pathways to success for others recovering from adverse experiences in the criminal legal system and substance use. He currently works with Cal State Bakersfield’s Project Rebound as part of the student outreach team, where his focus is to inspire others to seek out education as a means to break down stigmas and create their own paths to success. James hopes to use his experience at the JEAP Initiative to further his understanding of research and improve his professional skills. James' ultimate goal is to obtain a Ph.D. and conduct research into improving systems and practices of care for youth, emerging adults, and adults.

Highlights from Internship

During his internship, James is supporting the work of the JEAP Initiative in several ways. He is connecting relevant publications and resources to the research priorities developed by the JEAP Community Boards. In addition, he co-developed a survey for individuals with lived experience who have transitioned to professional roles, which will lead to the creation of several tipsheets and videos with individuals sharing firsthand advice. 

Eden Buell

Eden Buell


Intern in Spring & Summer 2022


Eden is currently an undergraduate student concentrating in Movement Science while minoring in creative writing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Because of Eden’s lived experiences with substance abuse and the justice system as a child, she is passionate about working with emerging adults with adverse experiences to identify what recovery capital means to them. Eden enjoys working with a multitude of diverse backgrounds to develop strategies that will aid in sustainable recovery support services. Eden’s career goal is to work with individuals on both the macro and micro levels to promote, achieve, and sustain equity while striving to end stigma.

Highlights from Internship

During her internship, Eden wrote a preliminary guide for researchers focused on recovery capital. "The most valuable takeaway from this experience was the belief that my lived experience holds value and that some of the things I have experienced have not been in vain. For me learning that my experience can be a tool to bring about change was empowering."  

Jessica Snow

Jessica Snow


Intern in Spring & Summer 2022


Jessica is an educator with over ten years of experience in public education. She is currently the VP of Operations for Flikshop, a tech start up that works to connect families with their incarcerated loved ones, while also fostering educational opportunities for returning citizens to learn tech skills and digital literacy. She is also the Baltimore Prison-to-Professionals coordinator for 'From Prison Cells to PhD.' Jessica continues to pursue her higher education goals and is applying for masters programs projected to start in fall of 2023. As a justice-impacted individual, she was drawn to the JEAP Initiative due to its focus on emerging adults and justice-impacted populations. Jessica is committed to education that transforms, particularly inside the walls of correctional institutions, by providing access to higher education in prison programs, restorative justice, faith-based opportunities, or reentry navigation. You can connect with Jessica on LinkedIn here.

Highlights from Internship

During her internship, Jessica created videos highlighting the JEAP Trainees and pilot studies, contributed to a toolkit focused on generating research priorities through Community-Based Participatory Research, and gave feedback on surveys that will be used with young adults and young adult coaches participating in an upcoming study. "The biggest takeaway from my internship with the JEAP Initiative was that I left with a much broader awareness of struggles within my own justice-impacted community, and with the knowledge of research and services in place to help counteract those barriers and challenges. The OSLC staff was an incredibly supportive community, and took a personal investment in providing educational opportunities for growth, while also helping me chart my career and educational path forward both during the internship and beyond."


Quentin Smith


Intern in Winter & Spring 2022


Quentin is currently an undergraduate student in the University of Oregon’s Psychology department. He is invested in helping others navigate the effects of substance use/misuse on individuals and their interpersonal relationships. Quentin's passion for this subject stems from the lived experiences surrounding his upbringing. Quentin will use the valuable experience from this position to advance his professional skills in this field.

Highlights from Internship

During his internship, Quentin supported one of the pilot studies funded by the JEAP Initiative titled "Treatment Courts and Community-Level Impact: A Rigorous Preliminary Examination of Criminal and Public Health Outcomes." This study explored treatment court (TC) influences on community-level crime, substance use services, and public health outcomes (like overdose deaths), as well as how factors within TCs (number of participants, graduation rates, etc.) alter these outcomes. Quentin compiled program evaluations and other information from treatment courts across the U.S. 



Taiz Gomez


Intern in Winter 2022


Taiz is a current undergraduate student at the University of Oregon. She is majoring in psychology and minoring in disability studies and global health. After graduating she plans on obtaining her MPH with goals of making healthcare more accessible and equitable for underrepresented communities. While interning, Taiz helped to develop content for the website and our social media platforms.

Highlights from Internship

During her internship, Taiz worked on a variety of tasks that supported the project's goals of disseminating research and opportunities for researchers with the broader field, including creating a webpage to promote upcoming events focused on Recovery Residences that was aimed towards researchers, providers, and individuals in recovery. Taiz also helped compile information about the inclusive hiring practices that our team has implemented so that these practices can be implemented across the entire organization. 

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Grace DePriest


Intern in Fall 2021


Grace graduated from the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon in June 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a thesis focused on the effects of gratitude interventions on positive outcomes in family units. Grace is currently attending a PsyD program at the Wright Institute to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. After completing her doctorate program, Grace plans to continue supporting underserved communities in mental health and access to treatment. She hopes to establish her own private practice with a focus on social justice. You can connect with Grace on LinkedIn here.

Highlights from Internship

During her internship, Grace compiled a guide titled "Asking Demographic Questions in Research" which shares best practices for asking demographic questions in an inclusive way. "I felt my experience helped me to develop my professional skills such as curating professional content, refining my presentation skills, working in collaborative spaces, and utilizing the specialized knowledge of those around me. I feel it also provided me with more understanding of the process of research, especially related to grants. While working on my specific demographic guide project, I gained an in-depth understanding of the significance of demographic surveys and how they can impact the quality of a study."

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Edwin Ross


Intern in Summer & Fall 2021


Edwin earned his Associates Degree in Human Services from Lane Community College and also received a Career Pathways Certificate in Addictions Studies. He is working towards getting licensed as a substance abuse counselor. His lived experience with both the criminal justice system and addiction made his internship with the OSLC a highly desirable position to prepare him for his future. After graduation, Edwin continued his relationship with OSLC by working as a LEAP Intervention Assistant. 

Highlights from Internship

During his internship, Edwin supported the work of the JEAP Initiative as well as several other projects, by co-facilitating a discussion with the Justice-Involved Community Board, helping with training videos for juvenile probation officers on an intervention focused on engaging parents, and providing feedback on vocational and educational workbook for peer mentors. "The best part of my experience was the exposure to a wonderful opportunity for personal and professional growth that I had never felt in any job I have ever held. Having senior professionals ask and actually consider my opinion on matters felt like an amazing affirmation that I was truly making progress on my journey. With this new level of self-respect, I have applied and achieved a job at a substance abuse treatment facility, the first step of my career goal of being a substance abuse counselor."

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Anthony Macias


Intern in Winter & Summer 2021


Anthony is an undergraduate student in the psychology department at the University of Oregon. He was involved in assisting researchers on the JEAP team with social media outreach. Anthony is particularly passionate about providing a support system for emerging adults on his campus who struggle with addiction.

Highlights from Internship

During his internship, Anthony worked on a variety of tasks that supported the JEAP Initiative's goals of disseminating research and opportunities for researchers with the broader field. This included designing a flyer and several webpages to promote a Training Institute for early career researchers, helping the team develop our social media plan to reach a variety of audiences, designing our first email newsletter, and building a new resource section on our website which compiled resources on recovery support services, substance use disorder, and destigmatizing language.

Join Us

Whether you are a researcher, a student, a person in recovery, a provider, a policymaker, or if you wear multiple hats, join us in advancing the research on recovery support services and implementing evidence-based practices.