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MAST Center, Graduate Research Paid Internship

Child Trends
Chapel Hill, NC
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Child Trends is seeking a graduate level research intern to support the Marriage Strengthening Research and Dissemination Center (MAST Center) in marriage, relationships, and families in the U.S. and on the programs designed to strengthen these relationships.

Specific duties will include:

  • Creating an Initial Work Plan with the assigned mentor and present that work plan to the MAST Center Steering Committee. Submitting a Progress Report at the mid-point of the program and a Final Report at the end, summarizing the experience and documenting the completion of any specific reports, briefs, or other products proposed in the work plan. Participating in the monthly Steering Committee calls of the MAST Center as appropriate.

Possible duties may include:

  • An annotated bibliography summarizing HMRE research, program design, and evaluation results focused on stepfamilies or LGBTQIA+ populations to help identify future priorities related to those areas.
  • Identifying and reviewing resources to be included in the online resource library for HMRE practitioners, evaluators, and researchers.
  • Identifying useful resources to be included on the emerging scholars page of the website.


  • Currently enrolled and in good standing in a graduate program as a master’s or PhD student, or a recent graduate of a master’s program (within one year).
  • Strong interest in pursuing a research career related to marriage and/or relationship education, especially to focus on equity and cultural responsiveness.
  • Strong interest in further developing research expertise in 1) marriage, romantic relationships, and families; and 2) HMRE program implementation and effectiveness.
  • Topical interest in stepfamilies or LGBTQIA+ populations.
  • Quantitative and/or qualitative analytic experience, writing skills, and expertise relevant to the work being done at the MAST Center.
  • Demonstrated ability to center equity and cultural responsiveness in the applicant’s research or previous work.
  • Ability to work independently and the flexibility to handle multiple tasks.
  • Able to report physically or remotely to one of Child Trends’ offices (Bethesda, MD, Minneapolis, MN, or Chapel Hill, NC). We are also able to provide a remote internship experience for candidates in some areas (AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, VA, WV, or WI).


  • The selected interns will be paid an hourly rate of $25 and receive up to $4,000 total for the internship period. We estimate that the average time commitment for program related activities will be approximately one day per week for six months (January through June 2023 with flexible start/end dates). This position does not include benefits.

How to Apply:
Interested applicants are required to submit their applications with the following components by 5:00 PM Eastern on Friday, September 23, 2022. Further instructions on what to include within each of these components, as well as FAQs about the program, can be found here.

  1. Letter of interest (four, double-spaced pages max)
  2. Current resume or CV
  3. A letter of recommendation

All components must be combined into one document in order to be uploaded. If you have any issues with the submission process, please email a combined PDF to (recruitment (at), referencing the “MAST Center Graduate Internship Program” in the subject line. No phone calls please!

The MAST Center was established in 2018 by a five-year cooperative agreement from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration of Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The MAST Center’s activities are guided by our Steering Committee, a team of national experts in marriage and relationship research and evaluation from Child Trends, the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, and OPRE.

Our team values equity and recognizes that systemic discrimination has negatively impacted the well-being of individuals, families, and communities from groups who are also underrepresented in the research field. As researchers, we aim to be accountable for promoting equity by centering the lived experiences of disabled, socioeconomically disadvantaged, LGBTQIA+, Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Asian,and people of color in our research. We also believe that people who have lived experience in the criminal justice and foster care systems bring important perspectives that are too often missing in research. Hence, we strongly encourage people with these lived experiences and identities to apply.

Child Trends, the MAST Center partner with whom the Intern will be placed, is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Child Trends


Chapel Hill, NC
27514 USA