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Emergency Department Clinical Research Externship/Internship

The clinical research associate externship/internship is a unique opportunity for students to directly participate in clinical research. Students will get the opportunity to enroll patients in clinical research projects, while observing overall ED research operations, interacting with physicians and other healthcare providers, and learning more about healthcare.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this opportunity could be executed in a 100 percent off-site remote manner until further notice. As we get closer to fall 2021, hospital leadership may determine the externship can be onsite, depending on hospital policy. If onsite, you must be local so we may transition accordingly to an internship. If interns are granted onsite permission, interns will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated to participate in the internship program.

The Fall/Spring 2021-2022 externship/internship begins September 07, 2021, and ends May 13, 2022.

  • Students will gain research experience working in the emergency department that will strengthen their skills in developing a career in public health and/or medicine
  • Students will be exposed to the practical application of research to provide critical context and texture to research theory they may have received in the classroom
  • The ED Research Externship/Internship offers a broad diversity of research from basic observational studies to complex randomized controlled trials thereby exposing students to the full spectrum of research applications in a single clinical setting
  • Motivated students will have the opportunity to develop mentor/mentee relationships with faculty and clinical staff, which given appropriate motivation on the part of each individual student, could result in graduate school/professional recommendation letters from faculty and the opportunity to develop an individual research project and/or work in an externship capacity with an individual faculty member on an existing research protocol
  • The onsite internship, if approved will allow shadowing physicians in the clinical setting
  • This is an unpaid learning experience

Eligibility and Requirements

To be considered for the Research Externship/Internship, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and a sophomore in college at the time of application. Medical students, post-baccalaureate students, and graduate students are encouraged to apply
  • Be able/willing to commit a minimum of 12 hours per week (3, 4-hr. shifts, including some evening and/or weekend shifts)
  • Demonstrate strong academic standing
  • Commit to the eight-month externship/internship. Although, under special circumstances (e.g., externship start date, etc.), alternative arrangements can be made in advance
  • The Fall session dates are September 07, 2021 - December 17, 2021, and the Spring session dates January 10, 2021 -May 13, 2022; no exceptions

Number of positions offered: 10 interns will be accepted for the Fall/Spring 2021-2022 session. The final application deadline is 11:59 p.m. July 9, 2021; all items must be submitted by that deadline. You will receive an e-mail by July 23, 2021, if you are selected for an interview. Accepted applicants will receive a confirmation email on August 2, 2021.

Terms of the Emergency Department Research Externship

The terms of an emergency department research externship are as follows:

  • The externs/interns will work onsite or remotely, determined by hospital policy, with the Emergency Department Research Team on clinical research projects specifically focused on patient contact and administrative duties. Research externs/interns are required to contribute 3 shifts/week for a minimum of 12 hours starting September 7, 2021. Externs/interns will be required to attend research, healthcare and clinical lectures conducted throughout the period and create a final poster project.
  • Mentorship is available to each extern/intern to help guide his/her progress. However, it is important to note that the breadth of exposure and experience for each extern will be driven by his/her own initiative and interest.
  • Beginning September 07, 2021, the required training is two full weeks of lectures, exams and shadowing. The training addresses research methodology relevant to ongoing/planned ED-based research projects; Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for research; hospital guidelines and ED etiquette. This training is mandatory. If any part of the training is missed, the research externship will be terminated.

How to Apply

Submit the following documents via email:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial academic transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation (one letter must be academic)

The final application deadline is 11:59 p.m. July 9, 2021; all items must be submitted by that deadline. You will receive an e-mail by July 23, 2021 if you are selected for an interview. Accepted applicants will receive a confirmation email August 2, 2021. Only fully completed applications will be reviewed.

Contact Information

For more information about the Emergency Department Clinical Research Externship, please contact:

Clinical Research Program Manager
Bobbe Thomas, CCRP (she/her)
Children’s National Hospital
Division of Emergency Medicine | Children’s National Research Institute
111 Michigan Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20010