Employment & Internships

Research Assistant

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine, with The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is recruiting for a full time Research Assistant (RA) to assist in the management of NCIOM project activities and to provide research support. 

The RA will work under the direction of Adam Zolotor, MD, DrPH, President and CEO(Principal Investigator) of the NCIOM, and the Associate Director (AD), NCIOM, Berkeley Yorkery. The RA will assist with the bi-monthly publication of the North Carolina Medical Journal by collecting and storing information on contributors and monitoring contributors’ progress. The RA will support all facets of task forces and other projects planning, including organizing, implementing and evaluating activities and providing written documentation, under the supervision of the PI/AD. The RA will compile and organize data from various sources for reports. The RA will compile project information and synthesize research.


The RA will also be responsible for updates to the NCIOM and NCMJ websites, including data collection and report creation. The position requires substantial capacity to independently manage and coordinate research activities in addition to excellent writing skills. The RA will work with several groups of people, including providers, government agencies, professional associations, and other stakeholders and policy makers, and needs to have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.


The person holding this position must be capable of working independently in a self-directed manner.

Essential Skills

  • • Strong communication skills- written/oral/and in-person communication with project participants; participating in regular project meetings; note taking during meetings; report writing
    • Ability to work on multiple projects at once and a high level of organization
    • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)


• Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in public health, social behavioral sciences, communications, or a related field is preferred. 
• Experience providing project and meeting support
• Knowledge of and demonstrated skills conducting literature reviews and secondary data collection
• Ability to use WordPress or other website content management system
• Knowledge of public health/health policy


How to Apply

The NCIOM is administratively housed within the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Apply online through UNC athttp://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/135686

Administrative Assistant

The primary purpose of this position is to perform administrative support activities in support of the NCIOM and the NCMJ. These duties include providing assistance to NCIOM staff in the planning and conduct of task force meetings; serving as the initial contact representative for the NCIOM for task force members, Board members, and the public; providing financial recordkeeping and serving as backup for selected activities of the Director of Administrative Operations and NCMJ Assistant Managing Editor; maintaining sufficient levels of office materials and other items of supplies; providing general assistance to all members of the NCIOM; maintaining organization databases and website; and being knowledgeable in the functions of office technologies and procedures.


Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Task force/meeting coordination
  • Serve as initial organizational interface with meeting constituents, public and others
  • Financial record keeping and reconciliation
  • Analyze need and purchase organizational supplies
  • Serve as assistant to President, Associate Director, and Director of Administrative Operations
  • Maintain organizational database
  • Maintain organizational Website and ConstantContact records
  • Train staff in office technologies and procedures

Essential Skills

  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to focus on details
  • Ability to work under pressure and to produce work in short periods of time
  • Understanding of organizational processes and procedures
  • Ability to understand, interpret and disseminate policy statements and financial guidelines, is required
  • Independent decision-making and judgment is critical
  • Ability to interact comfortably and professionally with high-profile individuals from all disciplines.


High school diploma or equivalency and one year of related office experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience. Preferred candidate will have experience working in a small organization with a willingness to assume any of the duties and responsibilities necessary to complete organizational projects and programs.



How to Apply

The NCIOM is administratively housed within the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Apply online through UNC at


2018 Summer Undergraduate Intern

In partnership with the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Non-Profit Internship Program, the NCIOM is recruiting for a full-time paid undergraduate summer intern. Students who are Pell grant-eligible college and university students enrolled in four-year institutions across the state are eligible to apply.


The NCIOM intern will assist with ongoing projects related to accountable care communities, early childhood maltreatment prevention, the journal we co-publish, the NCMJ, and other work. This position will involve working on literature reviews, helping to arrange task force meetings, taking minutes and writing meeting summaries, and editing documents. The student will have an opportunity to work with North Carolina health and policy leaders in identifying policy solutions to important health problems facing the state. The student may also have the opportunity to write sections of task force reports or issue briefs and will be involved with updating prior task force reports.


The summer position with the NCIOM/NCMJ will require a minimum commitment of fulltime (40 hours) for 8 weeks during the course of the summer. The position is located at the NCIOM office in Morrisville, NC.


Eligible students must be:

  • A rising sophomore, junior, or senior enrolled full-time in a four-year North Carolina college or university; OR
  • A rising sophomore, junior or senior North Carolina resident enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited college outside the state; AND
  • Pell grant-eligible in the academic year in which they apply for NPIP. As a part of the application process, students will be asked to upload their Student Aid Report verifying their Pell grant eligibility. Students can access this document through their FAFSA login. Click here for further directions. Students ineligible for a Pell grant due to documentation issues or criminal conviction may be eligible and should contact Jose Oliva.

For more information, check the Non-Profit Internship Program FAQs.

Students of color are encouraged to apply.


Preferred Qualifications

Preferred applicants will have done undergraduate coursework in health policy, public policy, public health, or a closely related field of study, and have excellent interpersonal, organizational, and writing/editing skills.

How to Apply

Apply online at http://bit.ly/2zPBRae