Parkview Research Center Internship - 2024

Parkview Research Center Internship - 2024

Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, Fort Wayne, IN

Submit application materials by no later than January 5, 2024 to:

Dr. Brandon McDaniel and Stephanie Pruitt ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                         

Internship Summary:

Dr. Brandon T. McDaniel—a leading scholar on parent device use, technoference in family relationships, and the intersection of technology use in family life—is looking for self-motivated and engaged students to work directly with him on research related to the impacts of technology use on parents, families, and children.

Seeking students who are:

  • Interested in tech use in families/relationships/parents/children
  • Self-motivated, responsible, and dedicated to careful work
  • Able to work effectively in virtual capacity
  • In addition, not required but a plus: experience with data analysis, journal article writing, etc.
  • Must be an undergraduate/graduate student (i.e., cannot graduate before December 1, 2024).

Internship Tasks:

Depending on the skill level and knowledge of the intern, the internship might entail:

  • Daily tracking of research participants / recruitment of participants / daily research study tasks
  • Data cleaning / data analysis
  • Journal article preparation/dissemination of study results (e.g., centered around parent phone use, etc.)

Everyday Mother-Baby Relations and Cellphone Engagement (EMBRACE)

In this grant-funded study, we examine mother phone use around their infants utilizing real-time device tracking (via an app installed on their smartphone), daily survey bursts, and remote video observations of mother-infant feedings across months 2, 3, 4, and 5. We seek to understand whether mother phone use impacts mothers’ feelings and infant behavior from one moment to the next as well as whether effects matter for long-term infant development across months. Your work with us would contribute valuable and foundational knowledge toward these goals.

Internship Details/Schedule:

  • Required Days of the week:  Monday through Friday*
  • Internship period:
    • Long-term intern: January (asap) – December 31, 2024 (with possibility of extension)
    • Summer intern: Summer positions may also be available (May 20 – July 26, 2024)
  • Hours per week: 8 to 10 hours (Jan – May), 20 to 40 hours (May 20 – July 26), then 8 to 10 hours (Aug – Dec)
  • Shift: Standard daytime business hours (*evening/weekend hours may at times be necessary)
  • Location: Can be remote (virtual) or in-person in Fort Wayne, IN
  • Pay Rate: Undergraduate $15.30 per hour / Graduate $22.52 per hour

Application materials:

  • If you intend to apply, please let us know of your intent via email right away
  • Submit application materials to Dr. McDaniel at and no later than January 5, 2024.
  • Letter of Intent – 2-page limit; include your interest in the position, why would be a good fit, your experience, skills you bring to the internship, desired length of internship, etc.
  • CV/Resume
  • At least 1 letter of recommendation

***Questions about the internship should be addressed to Dr. McDaniel (

***If invited, interviews will likely occur Jan. 10 to Jan. 18, 2024; however, applications will be reviewed as they are received, some may be interviewed earlier, and it is possible that positions could fill before the Jan 5th deadline.

Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, Fort Wayne, IN