Student Opportunities

Students can have multiple roles across CCHRPP. Opportunities are available within various offices at the NYSDOH AIDS Institute and across research teams at the University at Albany and partner institutions. 

Here's what students have to say about previous CCHRPP-related internships and graduate assistantships:

Doctoral Students:

Meredith B.

PhD student, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Data Coordinator for UPSIDE Study, Fall 2020

“In this role, I have had the opportunity to work on several important projects under my mentors at the School of Public Health. I have taken a lead on managing the incoming data for UPSIDE (Upstate PWID Study for Infectious Disease Elimination), which involves processing and cleaning data and producing ongoing reports for our funders and stakeholders. I have been able to participate in discussions about planning future studies for the NYS Department of Health, as well as projects with other groups. This position has helped me understand how to build an epidemiologic study, which is invaluable to my work as a doctoral student.”

 

Maxime F.

PhD Student, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Research support specialist, AIDS Institute Office of Program Evaluation and Research, Summer 2018

“The internship at the AIDS Institute OPER was a great experience. I fostered my knowledge in data analyses using ArcGIS and SAS. I also learned new methods of statistical analyses (notably survey data analyses) that increased my readiness to work in public health. What I appreciated the most of my experience is the atmosphere that the director created: friendly and respectful. Everyone at OPER was treated equally no matter the demographic characteristics and employment status; interns were given the entire responsibility for big projects (under supervision), which strengthened confidence and built experience. Overall I would recommend that internship to everyone.”

 

Amanda S.

DrPH student, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Medication Assisted Treatment in Corrections (Albany County Program), AIDS Institute Office of Program Evaluation and Research, Spring 2019 - present

“My internship at the DOH AIDS Institute started in April 2019 and I have been working on the Medication Assisted Treatment project since May 2019. In this project I have been involved with the data collection process implementing data cleaning checks for our database, and have helped give feedback and revised some of our forms. I was most excited to work with the Albany County Correctional Facility and interact with their staff and the inmates to get a better understanding of their perceptions of Medication Assisted Treatments through interviews. I have learned a lot about the field work process through this internship.”

 

Masters Students:

Emily B.

MS student, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Intern with UPSIDE Study, Fall 2018 - Fall 2019

“My work with Dr. Udo and Dr. Rosenberg has given me the opportunity to build an array of skills, from data management and analysis to creating promotional materials for participant recruitment. I feel as though this experience has given me a better perspective on how collaborative the field truly is and has kept me consistently engaged.”

 

Anaclare S.

MS student, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Graduate Research Assistant, AIDS Institute Office of Program Evaluation and Research, Fall 2018-Spring 2019

“Overall, I think the opportunity to use SAS in a real-world setting instead of just a classroom was the most beneficial part of this experience. I had taken SAS courses previously and was enrolled in SPH's course, but working with an actual dataset on the Health Equity project taught me so much more. Everyone with OPER was very supportive of the students and I credit that with helping to build my professional confidence in the job I have now.”
 

Isabella S.

MPH student, Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior

Regulated Marijuana Program Intern, AIDS Institute Medical Marijuana Program, Summer 2019 

“I had an incredible experience during my time with the Medical Marijuana Program. Everyone was very welcoming and very willing to teach me about the program. I learned a great deal about health policy, NY's legislative process, the impacts that cannabis prohibition has had on certain communities, and more. The internship also improved my writing, time management, and collaboration skills and helped me define my public health interests.”