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Emergency Department Clinical Research Undergraduate Internship

The clinical research undergraduate internship is a unique opportunity for students to directly participate in clinical research. Students will develop research skills ranging from patient enrollment in clinical research projects to engaging in overall research operations in various departments, such as Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services.  In addition, research interns will participate in workshops geared towards their professional development, receive mentorship from physicians and other healthcare providers, and learn more about careers in healthcare.

This clinical internship will be conducted onsite at Children’s National Hospital. As directed by hospital policy, interns will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated, as well as meet other health and background requirements, to participate in the internship program.

The fall 2024 internship is from Sept. 16, 2024 – May 16, 2025. Interns are required to spend 15 hours per week onsite. The first two training weeks will be virtual, and the first day onsite will be Sept. 30, 2024.

  • Students will gain research experience working in various clinical departments at Children’s National Hospital 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. 
  • The ED Research Undergraduate 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. Given appropriate motivation on the part of each individual student, these relationships 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 existing research protocol.
  • The onsite internship will allow shadowing physicians in the clinical setting.

This is an unpaid learning experience. A stipend may be available.

Explore Our Program

    To be considered for the internship, you must:

    • Be at least 18 years old and a sophomore in college at the time of application. Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students are encouraged to apply.
    • Be able/willing to commit a minimum of 15 hours per week onsite, no more than three shifts per week.
    • Be willing to be onsite day, night and weekend shifts.
    • Demonstrate strong academic standing.
    • Commit to the entire length of the internship.
    • The fall session dates are Sept. 16, 2024 – May 16, 2025, with no exceptions.

    How to Apply

    Apply Online

    Please complete the online ED Research Internship Intake Form to apply to our program. 

    Letters of Recommendation

    Please have two letters of recommendation emailed directly to the internship program.

    One letter must be academic.

    Application Deadline

    The final application deadline is 11:59 p.m. June 30, 2024, and all items must be submitted by that deadline. Only applications completed by the deadline will be considered. 

    Interview Notification

    You will receive an email by July 15, 2024, if you are selected for an interview.

    Contact Information

    For more information please contact Bobbe Thomas, C.C.R.P. (she/her), co-director of emergency department clinical research internship and Jessica Hippolyte, M.D., M.P.H., (she/her) co-director of emergency department clinical research internship.

    Our Location

    Children’s National Hospital
    Division of Emergency Medicine
    111 Michigan Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20010