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The application period for Summer 2013 Internships has officially closed.
We are still accepting applications on a rolling basis for the following positions; start dates are negotiable and based upon our current needs. Your application will be kept on file and we will contact our top choices as positions become available:
For more details on each position, please see the full descriptions below.
To apply, please fill out our online application form.
All positions are unpaid, and interns must be willing and able to travel to Santa Cruz, CA, where our administrative office is based. You will be expected to work two days a week, unless other arrangements are made with your supervisor, and as members of our office staff, you will be given a discount on MAPS merchandise, and access to our staff library while you're here.
We are unfortunately unable to offer housing assistance at this time, and our most successful past interns have taken quite a bit of initiative in this regard. Our office is small, tight-knit, and passionate about the work we are doing, and our interns are a vital infusion of outside energy and new ideas. We are always excited to meet you; we will do our best to give you work that excites you in turn; and we will happily provide a reference when the time comes for you to leave. We will also work with any interns who are currently enrolled as university students to receive credit for their time with us, if at all possible, but it is not a requirement that applicants be current students. A diversity of ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Our needs are constantly changing, so if you do not see any listings that suit you, please check back.
Interns are the lifeblood of our volunteer program, providing vital support that enables our organization to do more than would ever be possible otherwise. Our internship program also provides legal educational opportunities for students who are interested in careers in psychedelic research. Thank you for dropping by, and we look forward to hearing from you!
As our clinical research program grows, so does the associated paperwork, and MAPS is seeking an enthusiastic, detail-oriented assistant for our Lead Clinical Research Associate in order to keep us ahead of the game. Administrative and clerical tasks must not be beneath you, but at the same time, research projects and the ability to quickly learn clinical jargon must be well within your grasp. This position is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning more about the clinical trial process, and as your knowledge of our projects grows, you may be asked to update clinical tracking documents, create tracking spreadsheets, and edit protocol-related documents.
As the principal worldwide resource for up-to-date information on psychedelic research, our website, Bulletin, and Email Newsletter are vital to our success, and a lot of work goes into making sure they meet our standards. This position can involve writing, research, coding, editing, archiving, and other projects assigned by the Director of Communications. Training on internal systems will be provided, but demonstrated communication skills of the highest caliber are required, as is a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and all major web browsers. Experience with science journalism and/or media relations is preferred, as is experience with HTML, CSS, and graphic design. Experience editing and compressing digital video is also a plus. A writing sample is required, in addition to a current resume.
Development interns work in a variety of ways to expand MAPS’ membership base and raise funds to finance our research and education projects. Interns assist us with the management of our event presence, as well as with inventory tracking, eBay and web store management, scheduling and booking, and event preparations. Their time is therefore split between the office and the field, and the ideal applicant is at home in both environments, and capable of moving between them with ease. Strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, a desire for networking, both at events an in the rest of life, and a passion for MAPS’ work are required for this position; personal transportation, sales experience, graphic design experience, and detailed knowledge of MAPS’ research are preferred.
Our office serves as the hub for our communications with the rest of the world, and working at the front desk is an excellent way to learn about the latest news in psychedelic research and drug development, provide support to curious callers, get to know our office staff and the wider MAPS community, and gain non-profit administrative skills that will enhance your resume. The ideal candidate for this position is not only passionate about the work we are doing, but also highly organized, accountable, and capable of maintaining a friendly and helpful attitude while working with a variety of people.
Thank you all for your commitment, and good luck!