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 2018 program will run June 4th through August 17th.

Below is an overview of the application and the timeline. Although you can now save and resume your application,  we still recommend you review this first.

1. Applicants will now submit their applications on this website with a new Save & Resume function. Interested students must submit a SHARP Statement of Interest form with required materials (see below) by Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5pm for the final application deadline.

2. Once the Statement of Interest is submitted, students will be given 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).

  • Completed SHARP Statement of Interest
  • Resume
  • Transcripts from colleges and universities attended after high school (unofficial and photocopies are accepted)
  • Two recommendations: Please have the recommendor download and complete the recommendation form: PDF version or Word version. The person giving the recommendation must email it to We will not accept recommendation forms emailed by applicants. All recommendations will be verified by SHARP staff. You will also be required to provide their contact information in your Statement of Interest.

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.)

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 discuss why it interests you.

– 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 2, 2018.

You should receive an email that your application materials has been received shortly after submission. If you have questions about the required materials or application process, please email and put “SHARP Internship Question” in the subject line of the email.