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Applied Research/Emergency Department ThED Internship Opportunity

The St. Luke’s Applied Research Division is offering a unique and dynamic learning experience in the St. Luke’s Emergency Department (ED) located in downtown Boise. The Total Health in the Emergency Department (ThED) Program will incorporate interdisciplinary student teams into the Boise ED to address factors affecting the patients’ health—beyond the immediate clinical need. These factors include social, economic, and environmental resources that affect the quality of life, such as safe housing, availability of foods, and access to health services.

An objective of St. Luke’s Applied Research is to measure the impact of the ThED Program in the Emergency Department.  This involves conducting the ThED program as a Research Pilot Study and may offer a rare opportunity to engage in research tasks such as informed consent.

Through appropriate training, the ThED Program will prepare you for interaction with patients to enroll them in the study and connect them with primary care and community resources. You will be mentored at St. Luke’s under your ED Social Work supervisor.


You must be organized, detail-oriented, and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. You must be highly reliable, with the ability to follow through on all required shifts, assignments, and tasks. You must have a strong willingness to learn the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
For this unpaid opportunity, students will need to enroll in 3 credits of Academic Internship 493, with junior or senior standing during the Spring 2020 semester. Students must be willing to commit to ~11 hours per week on-site at St. Luke’s. This time will be scheduled weekly in blocks of 3-6 hours, Monday – Friday, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Additionally, 7-8 hours of online module training must be completed before the start of the enrolled semester to prepare you for the expected research tasks and onboarding.

Students must:

  • Complete online module training in advance of orientation
  • Have proof of health insurance
  • Complete a background check (Anyone with drug or alcohol misdemeanors or felonies is ineligible.)
  • Have proof of the following immunizations:

o MMR- 2 doses of the vaccine

o Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis)

o TB- Negative test within the past year

o Varicella/Chickenpox – vaccine or history of chickenpox

o Hep B- Vaccination or statement of declination

o Flu Shot- for the current flu season

  • Students are responsible for any fees associated with meeting eligibility requirements

Application Process:

To apply for this internship opportunity, please send your cover letter, resume, Spring 2020 schedule/availability along with your ability/willingness to be flexible with your schedule to Jessica Tolbert, Applied Research Coordinator at Questions can also be directed to Jessica by email or at 208-381-8904.
Apply no later than Monday, October 28th.  Interviews will begin as soon as we have sufficient applicants and will stop once candidates are found.