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Anju Lamichhane

Anju Lamichhane, MSW ‘19

Project Focus: Family Strengthening Intervention for Refugees (FSI-R)
Internship Responsibilities: Maintain database of community resources and services for interventionists to share with participants, conduct and transcribe interviews with Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugees, organize and launch Youth Community Advisory Boards (CABs) for Bhutanese and Somali Bantu youth.

“The most significant takeaway from my field placement is the first-hand experience with research skills and knowledge. I learned so many research skills and techniques that I will use in my career, including how to collect, transcribe and analyze qualitative data and how to use different platforms to manage data.”

Read more about Anju's experience here.

Olivia Davies

Olivia Davies, MSW ‘20

Project Focus: Youth Functioning and Organizational Success for West African Regional Development (FORWARD) pilot and scale-up
Internship Responsibilities: Help the RPCA lab launch its use of Redcap - a data collection website and app - by building out assessment batteries which are now being implemented in the field.

“My favorite part of working at RPCA was the opportunity I received to practice my social work skills in a research and global context. Not only was I able to practice skills being taught in my classes, but I learned so many new skills along the way.”
Dory Dinoto

Dory Dinoto, MSW ‘20

Project Focus: Family Strengthening Intervention for Refugees (FSI-R)
Internship Responsibilities: Maintain database of community resources and services for interventionists to share with participants, conduct exit interviews with Bhutanese and Somali Bantu program staff, organize and launch Youth Community Advisory Boards (CABs) for Bhutanese and Somali Bantu youth, and produce a process model and Youth CAB Toolkit for the lab.

"The opportunity to launch Youth Community Advisory Boards in the Bhutanese and Somali Bantu communities was a wonderful learning experience and helped me to develop my skills as a social worker working in a cross-cultural setting. I've really enjoyed getting to know our amazing team of staff and interns at the RPCA this year and feel that each person involved with the Refugee Program has taught me a lot as an MSW student."


Current Opportunities

The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) is funded by NIH, the World Bank, USAID, and private foundations.  Research projects are based here in the U.S. as well as in Sierra Leone and Rwanda and abstracts on each research project are below:

i) Sugira Muryango, based in Rwanda, is a deployment focused, scalable home-visiting model that promotes positive parent-child relationships and fosters child development. It is based on the Family Strengthening Intervention (FSI) model originally developed and tested in Rwanda to improve communication and parenting in HIV/AIDS-affected families with school-age children.  The Sugira Muryango program offers coaching to caregivers of young children to promote early stimulation and responsive parenting and reduce family violence.

ii) Youth FORWARD, based in Sierra Leone, is a coordinated plan to establish model research partnerships and a regional hub for the advancement of implementation science focused on scaling up evidence-based mental health interventions for youth exposed to compound adversity via youth employment programs in West Africa.  The Youth Readiness Intervention (YRI) is a cognitive behavioral therapy-based empirically supported intervention with treatment elements for delivery in community settings by a lay workforce.

iii) The Family Strengthening Intervention for refugees (FSI-R), based in New England (Springfield, MA and Lewiston, ME), addresses mental health disparities in refugee children through family and community-based prevention. The study involves community-based participatory research (CBPR) with refugee groups resettled in New England (Somali Bantu and Bhutanese) to develop and evaluate the impact of the FSI-R done by refugees for refugees. 

InstructionsApplicants should prepare their resume and a one page cover letter prior to beginning the application. In the cover letter please note if there is a specific project you would like to work on and why. We also accept applicants who wish to work across projects, focus on data analysis, or assist the lab as we improve our integration and utilization of technology.  

All applicants should be aware this is an unpaid internship. We are happy to work with students who wish to request academic credit through their home institution. While we hope to obtain funding support for the internship program in the future, currently we regrettably do not have funding available. The hours and schedule are flexible but we will prioritize applicants who can commit to working in the lab for at least 30 hours each week.

Application deadline: Rolling basis

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