Summer Research Internship

The Clinical Research Program offers students interested in research and medicine/public health the opportunity to complete a summer research internship in our department.  The goals of the internship are to familiarize students with different study designs as well as teach students how to screen and enroll patients in studies and collect data in a busy, dynamic environment.  The clinical research projects that students will be involved in will range from simple patient surveys to complex randomized controlled trials.  The summer research internship consists of working clinical research shifts in the emergency department (ED) setting.

For a brief description of our current projects, click here.

Program Overview

The Summer Research Internship program provides college students with the opportunity to participate in the Department's clinical research projects.  Students are exposed to various research methods and fundamental elements of clinical medicine by spending time collecting data and enrolling eligible patients into the studies.  We are seeking outstanding undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, health sciences, clinical research, or other health- related fields.  The summer research interns will work on studies that will provide them with exposure to the spectrum of clinical research including data collection and entry, patient interaction, and utilization of innovative research methods employed in the Emergency Department.  In addition to collecting data, summer research interns will be exposed to the process of designing research studies including issues of human subject protection, data analysis, and publication.

The ability of a summer research intern to successfully collect data in a vibrant and often times hectic environment will test individuals and help determine their intention to pursue a career in medicine or, perhaps just as importantly, to not pursue a career in medicine. 

Program Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently matriculated in a university as an undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior during the 2020-2021 school year (this is calculated by the numbers of years you have been in college, not the number of credits you have),

  • In good academic standing,

  • Eligible to work in the US without sponsorship,

  • And have a strong interest in clinical research and pursuing studies in a health related field. 

Application Process

Application opens: January 1, 2021

Application closes: March 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST

***Please read the following instructions carefully***

Students are required to submit several items in support of their application. If the applicant has any questions prior to submitting their application materials, please email the Research Coordinator at   

Please visit the following link ( to complete the application. You will need to upload the following to the application:

  • Resume (word document or PDF file)
  • Unofficial transcript (PDF file)
  • 1 page; single spaced essay describing the reason(s) for their interest in our summer research program (word document or PDF file) 

In addition to the above materials, applicants need two letters of recommendation (one from a previous employer (paid or unpaid), one from a science faculty member). These letters should be submitted directly through this link ( by the letter writer, not by the student. 

Applicants that do not follow the above instructions will not be considered for the program.

  • An initial paper cut of applications will take place and all applicants will be notified by March 29 of interview decision
  • Interviews will take place throughout the second half of April (in person or via Zoom)
  • Applicants will be notified by the end of April of their selection to the program

Program Overview

  • Three day training and 11 week program (no exceptions on start date)
  • Start date: May 31, 2021 (MFA HR orientation), training the week of June 1
  • End date: August 9, 2021 (this can be flexible)
  • Pay: Hourly compensation will be provided at current DC minimum wage
  • Housing is not provided
  • Mandatory 20-24 hours per week working in the Emergency Department
  • Students are expected to keep Monday-Friday throughout the 11 weeks available for shifts. Students will also be expected to work rotating weekend shifts throughout the course of the 11 week program. Weekday shifts are between 9am-10pm, and weekend shifts are 9am-6pm.
  • Many past interns have taken classes or held another part-time job during the internship - this is fine, and we can work with your schedule.
  • Students will be required to complete a background check, drug screen, hospital orientation, and Medical Faculty Associates orientation
  • Students will be required to read and sign a Research Assistant Code of Conduct. Students are responsible for all information included in the code and are to abide by the code at all times. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken with those students that do not abide by the code.

For more information on the Summer Research Assistant Internship, or if you have questions, please contact the Research Coordinator at