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WRAIR: Translational Research Internship (Research Transition Office)

The Research Transition Office (RTO) at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) is seeking an undergraduate or post bachelor's candidate in the psychology, education, public health, or a related field for an internship opportunity.
What will I be doing and why I should apply?
As an ORISE participant, you will be involved with the mission of the RTO which is to translate research to the operational environment by developing, evaluating, and disseminating knowledge products for Soldiers. Under the guidance of a mentor, you will engage in the development of research-based knowledge products and evaluations conducted in the RTO. You may gain experience in activities around the translation of positive and performance psychology concepts into training programs using experiential and adult learning frameworks related to Soldier performance, leader development, and unit cohesion. In addition, you may engage in mixed method evaluations and related applied psychometric activities (i.e., qualitative and quantitative data collection and analyses) under the supervision of expert researchers. These projects influence operational impact through real-time field-testing and pilot studies of the novel programs, informing implementation at garrison or in deployed settings. Curricular materials collaboratively developed by participants and their mentors would include base modules, booster trainings, facilitation resources, and participant materials.
Where will I be located?
Silver Spring, Maryland
What is the anticipated start date?
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research is ready to make appointments this spring. Exact start dates will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidate. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and internships will be filled as qualified candidates are identified.
What is the appointment length?
This appointment is a twelve-month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. This internship may be part or full-time. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant. 
What are the benefits?
You will receive a stipend to be determined by Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Stipends are typically based on a participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
  • Health Insurance Supplement (Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE)
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) aims to conduct biomedical research that is responsive to Department of Defense and U.S. Army requirements and delivers lifesaving products including knowledge, technology and medical material that sustain the combat effectiveness of the warfighter. WRAIR provides unique research capabilities and innovative medical solutions to a range of Force Health Protection and Readiness challenges currently facing U.S. Service Members, along with threats anticipated during future operations. These research opportunities include ongoing efforts to identify and treat traumatic brain injury as well as to understand and mitigate the deleterious effects of repeated exposures to blast. For more information about the WRAIR, please visit
This program, administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and DoD. Participants do not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DoD or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. For more information, visit the ORISE Research Participation Program at the U.S. Department of Defense.
The qualified candidate will have received a bachelor's degree in psychology, education, public health, or a related field. Degree received or currently pursuing a degree with an anticipated graduation date of June 30, 2024. One-year experience in behavioral or psychology research is desired.
U.S. citizenship or permanent resident is required.
Highly competitive applicants will have education and/or experience in one or more of the following:
  • Must have excellent communication, organization, and prioritization skills.
  • Knowledge of applicable scientific procedures and techniques relating to position is preferred, but not required. 
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of analysis/statistical programs, such as SPSS, and electronic survey platforms is preferred, but not required.
  • Physical Capabilities: work may involve long periods of standing, interacting with research volunteers, and travel for data collection or training opportunities.