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HCHDS Summer Internship Program

The Summer Internship program at the HCHDS accepts students from the Diversity Summer Internship Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as well as the Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (RISE) Program at The Kennedy Krieger Research Institute.

The Diversity Summer Internship Program is a summer program for minority high school and undergraduate students to participate in research and academic activities within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Students receive mentoring from public health faculty and senior level staff. Applications come from high school students and teachers from science departments in Baltimore area schools, and from undergraduate students from universities throughout the country (commonly minority serving institutions). The application includes a written statement of goals and interests, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts. Student research interests are matched with faculty mentors at the center, who then assign them projects and provide supervision as well as mentoring. At the end of the eight weeks, each student produces a technical report that summarizes his/her summer experience.

The Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (RISE) program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded program. RISE helps to promote professional development, research, training and education for racial and ethnic minority graduate, nursing, and medical students who focus on research experiences in the field of public health. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a mentored research experience with faculty at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as well as HCHDS faculty. The RISE program offers a rewarding experience for graduate students with a GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

For more information on the Diversity Summer Internship Program.

For more information on the Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (RISE) Program.

If you are interested in applying to one of these programs and would like more information on how to work directly with the HCHDS faculty members please contact: Roland Thorpe at or 443-287-5297.

2013 HCHDS Summer Interns

2013 Summer Intern Posters and Presentations

Summer Interns 2013

  • Armani Hawes: Armani is a junior studying public policy with a focus on health policy and international development at the University of Michigan. Her interests include health disparities, segregation, global health, and economic development. This summer she will be examining race, segregation, and poverty and their relationship with physical activity.
  • Justin Morgan: Justin is a sophomore currently attending American University in Washington, DC. He is a Public Health major on a Pre-med track, whose research interests include health disparities and health policy. His project this summer is titled: "The War on Drugs: How Increased Incarceration Affects Infant Mortality in African American Communities."
  • Noora Kanfash: Noora is a junior Health Administration and Public Policy major currently attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. This summer she will be working on a project exploring marital status and preventive services.
  • Tichelle Porch: Tichelle Porch is a junior at Emory University majoring in Anthropology and Human Biology and minoring in Predictive Health. Her research interest is the relationship between racial differences in physical activity among men and their marital status. 

Jenny 2013

  • Jenny Smolen: Jenny graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Public Health Studies. She began working at the Center after taking Dr.  aVeist’s undergraduate course, and Dr. Bowie and Dr. Thorpe advised her on her senior honors thesis ("Health Insurance and Chronic Conditions in Low-Income Urban Whites”). She was awarded a Fulbright, and in February of 2014 she will begin working on community-based research projects in Feira de Santana, Brazil and taking classes with a Master’s in Community Health program there.