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Boricua Youth Study Internship (Volunteer)

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Company/Organization: Columbia University-New York State Psychiatric Institute


The Boricua Youth Study (BYS) is an epidemiological research study assessing mental health in a community sample of Puerto Rican youth. The BYS collected 3 waves of data, from 2000 to 2004, that focused on antisocial behaviors and mental health outcomes of children and parents of Puerto Rican descent across two sites: South Bronx, NY (mainland) and San Juan, PR (island). BYS youth participants are now transitioning into emerging adulthood (ages 16-26), which presents a unique opportunity to understand the development of Latino youth in a critical developmental period. The fourth wave of this study aims to 1) better understand the effects of acculturation and environment on mental health outcomes and 2) explore various risky behaviors (i.e. substance use/abuse, HIV/STI sexual risk behaviors, antisocial behaviors, etc.) Some areas of interest include: Depression, Anxiety, Antisocial Behaviors, Substance Use, Neighborhood Characteristics, Migration, Discrimination, Acculturation, Cultural Stress, Sexual Risk Behaviors, Marital, Peer, and Family Relationships, Social Support, Ethnic/Racial Identity, and HIV/STI Testing. Interns are needed to assist investigators in Wave 4 of this longitudinal study.


Minimum Qualifications Required:
--Bachelors degree in psychology, anthropology, sociology, social work, behavioral science, human development, public health or a related social science field is required.
(Some graduate credit hours preferred.)
--Must have at least an intermediate level of Spanish (speaking, reading, and writing).
--Must be available to work on evenings and weekends. Regular Monday evening meetings are mandatory.
--Time Commitment: 15 hours/week minimum, at least 6 months
Candidates with research experience are preferred.

Please send cover letter and resume/CV when applying.

High School Students, college freshmen, college sophomores, college juniors, need not apply. If you are currently in your senior year of college and you meet all of the other qualifications, we will consider your application.

Other details about the study can be made available to candidates who apply for the position.

Only eligible candidates will be contacted with an offer to be interviewed.


15 hours per week


9 months

Preparation  of  study  materials    participant  tracking  and  recruitment  (conducting  telephone  calls  and  home  visits  in  English  and  Spanish)    administrative  tasks    structured  interviewing  of  youth  and  parent  participants  in  English  and  Spanish    data  entry    an 
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The New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI), established in 1895, was one of the first institutions in the United States to integrate teaching, research and therapeutic approaches to the care of patients with mental illnesses. In 1925, NYSPI affiliated with Presbyterian Hospital, adding general hospital facilities to the Institutes psychiatric services and research laboratories. These treatment, training, and research facilities were supplemented in 1983 by a 14-floor Psychiatric Research Building, the Kolb Annex.
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