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Emergency Department Clinical Research Internship

The clinical research associate internship is a unique opportunity for students to directly participate in the performance of clinical research, such as enrolling patients in study programs, while also observing overall ED operations and interacting with physicians, nurses and other health care personnel.

The Summer 2020 internship begins June 1, 2020 and ends August 14, 2020

  • 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 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
  • Students will be able to shadow Emergency Medicine physicians
  • 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
  • This is an unpaid learning experience

Eligibility and Requirements

To be considered for the Research 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 32 hours per week (including some evening and/or weekend shifts)
  • Demonstrate strong academic standing
  • This internship is a 10-week commitment, although under special circumstances (e.g., internship start date, etc.), alternative arrangements can be made in advance

Number of positions offered: Six to ten interns will be accepted for the 2020 summer session. The final application deadline is January 31, 2020.

Terms of the Emergency Department Research Internship

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

  • The intern will work in an emergency department setting on clinical research projects specifically focused on patient contact and administrative duties. Research associates (RAs) are required to intern at least 4 shifts/week for a minimum of 12 hours in the fall and 24 hours in the summer. Interns must attend research, healthcare and clinical lectures conducted throughout the internship period and create a final poster. Mentorship is available to each intern to help guide his/her progress. However, it is important to note that the breadth of exposure and experience for each intern will be driven by his/her own initiative and interest.
  • Required internship training for the internship is two full weeks of lectures, exams and shadowing. 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 internship 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 application deadline is January 31, 2020. Early applications take preference.

Contact Information

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

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