Our procedures have changed so please read these instructions, carefully.

Applying for SHARP is a two-stage process. Interested candidates must first submit a Statement of Interest; top candidates will then be invited to complete an employment application and participate in an interview.The 2017 program will run June 1st through August 18th.

Application Process and Timeline

  1. Please note this process has changed. Applicants will now submit their applications via the following SurveyMonkey link: Do not start the survey until you have written your statements (see prompts below). Interested students must submit a SHARP Statement of Interest form with required materials (see below) by Friday, March 10th at 5pm for the final application deadline. 
  2. Once all required materials have been received, students will be sent a very brief and anonymous demographic survey which will be used for reporting purposes only.
  3.  SHARP staff (and in some cases college/university staff) will review the application materials submitted.
  4. Top candidates will be invited to formally apply for the program by completing an employment application and participating in a brief phone screen.
  5. Finalists will be invited to an interview. Interviews are expected to take place in early April. Interviews with local candidates will take place in person, and interviews with out-of-area candidates will take place over the phone or through a video conferencing program such as Skype.
  6. SHARP staff will notify students of acceptance into the program (approximately mid-April).

Required materials

  • Completed SHARP Statment of Interest (via SurveyMonkey)
  • Resume or CV (via SurveyMonkey)
  • Transcripts from colleges and universities attended after high school (unofficial and photocopies are accepted) (via SurveyMonkey)
  • Two recommendation forms: 1) One from a professor; 2) One from an academic advisor or work supervisor (Note:  A supervisor of an unpaid internship is acceptable, and in some cases, a supervisor of a volunteer experience may also be acceptable. The key is that this person knows you and your work ethic well.) NOTE: This process has changed, we are requesting for recommenders to fill out the following word document in lieu of a standard letter: sharp-2017-recommendation-form. Recommendation forms must be sent by the professor, instructor, supervisor or academic advisor to; please ask them to include your name in the email subject line. We cannot accept forms sent in by students.

Statement of Interest Submission Instructions

Interested students should submit their applications via the SurveyMonkey link listed above (

The Statement of Interest includes two short essays with the following prompts:

Statement 1 (800 words):

Please provide a statement that describes the following:

1. Your academic and career goals;

2. What has inspired you to pursue these goals (e.g., community involvement, volunteer experience, previous experience conducting research, personal/life experiences, etc.);

3. How this program will help you reach your goals; and

4. Any unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background that have influenced your goals or your academic achievements.

Statement 2 (400 words):

Please pick at least one skill and/or topic area and that you selected in the SurveyMonkey form and discuss why it interests you.

2017 Topic List:

  • Men who have sex with men
  • Transgender individuals
  • Sex workers
  • Youth
  • Marginally housed or street-based populations
  • Individuals from specific racial or ethnic groups
  • Migrant populations
  • Alcohol use
  • Stimulant use
  • Opioid use
  • Drug overdose
  • Pharmacotherapies for substance use and HIV risk
  • Behavioral interventions for substance use and HIV risk
  • Hepatitis C
  • Substance use and mental health disorders
  • Infection rates or resources in specific neighborhoods
  • Rates of HIV testing
  • Linkage of HIV-positive individuals to care
  • Clinical or biomedical HIV prevention strategies
  • Behavioral HIV prevention strategies
  • Use of technology such as cell phones in data collection or participant support
  • Use of social media to recruit or retain participants in research

All materials must be received by 5PM PST Friday, March 10, 2017.

You should receive an email that your application materials have been received within four business days. If for some reason your application email doesn’t go through, or you don’t receive a confirmation after four full business days, you can also contact Aminta at

Note: Please include your name in the subject line of any emails you send (e.g., “Veronika Johnson – Resume” or Veronika Johnson – “Application question”). This helps us sort the application materials.

If you have questions about the required materials or application process, please email Aminta Kouyate at, or at and put “SHARP Internship Question” in the subject line of the email.