At PIRC, we seek highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in preventing sexual violence and promoting social change. PIRC Interns work in the Susan Schechter Laboratory. Interns must demonstrate a strong academic record and preferably have a background in social science research or a related field. Internships are currently available at our Durham, NH office on the University of New Hampshire campus.
To view a list of current internship openings, visit our Internship Opportunities
Are you interested in working at Prevention Innovations Research Center? We are looking for hardworking, motivated undergraduate and graduate students who have a passion for social change and ending sexual violence. Below you will find bios of past interns in our office.
For more information about current internship opportunities, visit our Internship Opportunities page.
Emily DuChene is a senior at the University of Michigan working toward earning her Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Political Science with a minor in Judaic studies. On campus, she is involved with WeRead, a volunteer organization that works to improve reading and writing skills in sixth grade students at Noble Elementary School in Detroit, Kappa Alpha Pi, a pre-law fraternity, and Delta Gamma where she works with the Sexual Violence Empowerment and Education Division of the Panhellenic Peer Education Program. Emily is interested in law and politics and hopes to eventually study law and policy to advocate for women’s rights and give a voice to people in need.
Céline Guedj received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Justice Studies with a minor in Women's Studies in Spring 2018. She joined PIRC as a sophomore and contributed to many different projects, including research for her Honors Senior Thesis, Expanding a Mobile Application to Fight Sexual Violence on Campus. Watch Celine's Story.
Jordyn Kafka is a senior at the University of New Hampshire pursuing a bachelors degree in communications with a minor in nutrition. She is interested in social media, marketing and advertising. In her free time, Jordyn enjoys playing tennis, going to the beach, running, and spending time with family.
Meghan Stewart graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology in Spring 2018. During her time as Communication Intern, Meghan helped manage PIRC's social media accounts and shared our research in a variety of creative ways. Previously, she was an intern at Independence House, Cape Cod's leading resource center for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Gabby Wilkinson received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology in Spring 2018. She began working at PIRC in June 2017 doing behind the scenes work for PIRC's Bringing in the Bystander Program. Gabby's enthusiasm for PIRC's mission and practice stems from her love for psychology. She is fortunate for the opportunity to be a part of the process that develops programs that venture to prevent sexual violence, which has been a rewarding and humbling experience for her.
Alyssa Antman is a senior at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Social Work. As student chair on the Social Work Diversity Committee and research assistant for a HRSA workforce development grant, Alyssa is dedicating her time to social justice and advocacy work. This past summer she worked with the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (NHCLF)/ROC NH to help fight housing injustice throughout the state of New Hampshire. Alyssa is the 2018 Sharon B. Murphy Scholarship recipient and will work with PIRC to develop preventive methods in the fields of domestic and sexual violence. She is excited to bring her experience and passion to this field and hopes to continue this work after finishing her undergraduate education through a master’s degree.
Courtney Gurnon - PIRC Research Intern
Courtney Gurnon is a senior at the University of New Hampshire majoring in Human Development & Family Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies, Courtney Gurnon in . Having grown up in Mansfield, Massachusetts with her two younger brothers, spending many summers working at the recreation summer camp, Courtney has developed a true love of working alongside children and their families. In addition, Courtney enjoys spending time with family & friends, looks for adventures found in the outdoors, hiking, camping, kayaking and hammocking.
Jane Kayarian is a junior at the University of New Hampshire working toward earning her Bachelor's Degrees in Social Work and Women’s Studies. She is an active member in her community, extracurriculars, and academics. Jane is a second year member of the UNH Sailing team, competing in her free time throughout New England. She also has an interest in global and environmental health and has worked with the UNH Divestment club and 350 NH. Jane is also involved with the #Fight4HER campaign based out of Washington D.C., with Population Connection; an education and family planning based group that supports the right to global reproductive health care and family planning through campaigns and initiatives. Jane is hoping to graduate with her BSW, go to graduate school for her MSW, and then study law and policy to better improve health and human services avenues of education, prevention, and access to basic health care.
Luke Sheldon - PIRC Research Intern
Luke Sheldon is a senior at the University of New Hampshire working towards his Bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in economics. He is working to implement and evaluate uSafeUS on New Hampshire college campuses. Luke is interested in marketing, sales, business, and clinical research. Outside of work, Luke enjoys hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.
Michaela Vivian - PIRC Research Intern
Michaela Vivian is a senior at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Psychology with a minor in both Nutrition and Business Administration. She is very involved on campus as a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed fraternity as well as the sorority Phi Sigma Sigma. Michaela has always had passion for helping people whether it be tutoring her friends in class or going down to the Dominican Republic to help build a school for a local village. She is currently working with the PIRC team to market as well as collect data on the new uSafeUS app across New Hampshire.
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Americorps Victim Assistance Program (AVAP) Member
AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program (AVAP) members provide crisis intervention, direct support services, and advocacy to individuals and families who have been impacted by domestic and sexual violence and stalking, addressing critical needs of communities throughout New Hampshire. Members receive training from experts in the field on crucial topics such as; creating access to housing, financial literacy, advocacy, and many other skill sets that transfer into numerous career fields. As financial abuse is present in almost all instances of domestic violence, members integrate economic empowerment into their advocacy by providing financial literacy and housing services.