Cardiovascular Health Research Internships-Bonnie Spring Lab, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

Cardiovascular Health Research Internships-Bonnie Spring Lab, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine


Dr. Bonnie Spring, a clinical health psychologist in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Feinberg, is currently seeking volunteers for her lab. Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of research experiences within her multidisciplinary lab. See below for the current volunteer positions available:

Project: NUYou, funded by the American Heart Association (AHA)

Description: This project incorporates mobile health technology and social media to facilitate healthy living during college. Summer volunteers will have the opportunity to study intervention components, learn qualitative analyses techniques to assess formative developmental research, provide feedback on study development, follow protocols, and more. Applicants who want to volunteer for this project should have an interest in mobile technology design, healthy living promotion, and creative marketing.

Paid fall internships available August-December 2018. Interns will conduct health assessments measuring height, weight, blood pressure and fingerstick glucose and cholesterol.

Project: SMART Study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Description: Obesity’s high prevalence and costs make it a public health crisis. This study optimizes a stepped-care approach to obesity treatment using inexpensive, widely available mHealth tools (smartphones and apps). Volunteers may help to recruit potential participants, take baseline measurements of study participants, and assist with many other aspects of this cutting-edge, clinical trial. Applicants who wish to support this project should have an interest in wearable technology, weight loss, and behavioral change.

Specific research/clinical duties for undergraduate student research volunteers and interns include:

  • Data entry; managing participant data transfer; completing data quality assurance checks per study protocol
  • Posting flyers, making copies, assembling participant materials, organizing tasks, and lab upkeep
  • Conducting initial telephone eligibility screening and scheduling those candidates who meet basic study criteria for an in-person intake session; obtaining study physician medical clearance when candidates present with specific medical conditions. 
  • Preparing/maintaining protocol materials for sessions and participant study charts
  • Answering participant questions and troubleshooting to help participants through study protocol
  • Making reminder calls for upcoming phone and in-person sessions
  • Recruitment for potential participants
  • Managing social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)

Basic Information

Opportunity Type: 

  • Internship, Research Assistant, Volunteer

Opportunity Timeframe: 

  • Academic Year and/or Full Year, Northwestern Fall Quarter, Northwestern Winter Quarter, Northwestern Spring Quarter, Northwestern Summer Session

Opportunity Timeframe Other: 

Rolling application process; volunteers can work during their school breaks

Opportunity Location: 

  • Chicago Campus

Location Map: 

Requirements & Prerequisites


  • High School Students, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Post-doctoral

Language Requirement: 


Other Required Skills: 

Strong proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; excellent organizational skills and attention to detail are critical; strong interpersonal and communication skills; reliable and hardworking; available for a minimum of 10 hours per week at the Feinberg (Chicago) campus. If interested in the undergraduate research volunteer position, please send a cover letter and resume, listing at least two references, to Howard D. Allen, PhD, ( Any applications or emails missing these things will not be considered.

Academic Information

Course Credit Availability: 

  • Yes

Subject Area(s): 

  • Journalism, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Financial Information

Funding Availability: 

  • No

Contact Information

Sponsors & Partners

Faculty Sponsor / PI: 


  • Feinberg School of Medicine

NU Sponsor: 

Department of Preventive Medicine

Wildcard Group

Northwestern Run Opportunity: 

Global Opportunity: 

Elective Topic: