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Emergency Medicine Research Associate Internship

The Research Associate Internship offered by NYU Langone’s Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine grants students an opportunity to experience and observe multiple aspects of clinical research. The program consists of clinical and nonclinical research shifts in NYU Langone’s emergency departments (EDs).

Our program offers the committed student a unique experience to obtain a wealth of knowledge about the numerous career options in healthcare. This academic-year or summer research program exposes participants to a diverse spectrum of clinical research investigations taking place in the ED at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

Research associates develop basic research skills and become an integral part of research projects and grants occurring in the Department of Emergency Medicine. They may be taught how to collect and enter data and maintain databases, participate in laboratory meetings, and gain principal investigator mentorship and shadowing experiences. Research associates also become oriented to the Institutional Review Board and other human subjects courses.

Internship Requirements

The Research Associate program is very demanding and requires a great deal of commitment on the part of the student.

This internship is not paid. We encourage you to research funding opportunities from your college or university. We are happy to complete any necessary paperwork to help secure your funding.

Fall–Spring research associates can expect to work at least two four-hour clinical shifts per week.

Summer research associates are required to commit to at least four four-hour clinical shifts and one two-hour nonclinical shift per week. This is a minimum of 18 hours per week during the summer.

Research associates are also expected to attend study meetings when new research studies are starting in the ED.

Shifts take place every day of the week, including weekends, in four-hour time blocks. The first shift is 8:00AM to 12:00PM, and the last shift is 8:00PM to 12:00AM.


Currently we are accepting all candidates for Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment, Opioid Education, and Naloxone Distribution (SBIRT-OEND) study and do not have any foreign language requirements.

The SBIRT-OEND study is a clinical initiative that takes place in the emergency department at Bellevue. The goal of SBIRT-OEND is to identify and deliver early intervention and treatment services to patients who screen positive for substance use, as well as those who are at risk of developing a substance use disorder. SBIRT-OEND screens patients for substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and a variety of drugs. Patients’ severity of substance use is assessed and a tailored brief intervention is provided (research associates have access to training in how to conduct brief interventions). Patients who use, have used, or know people who use opioids are offered a Naloxone kit. Naloxone is medication that counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose. Research associates also have access to training in administering Naloxone. These services are in addition to the regular services patients receive while in the emergency department.

SBIRT-OEND research associates are expected to dedicate two four-hour-shifts per week (though research associates can certainly dedicate more shifts, if desired and available). Shifts take place Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 12:00PM, 12:00PM to 4:00PM, 4:00PM to 8:00PM, and 8:00PM to 12:00AM, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00AM to 12:00PM, 12:00PM to 4:00PM, 4:00PM to 8:00PM, and 8:00PM to 12:00AM.

Responsibilities of SBIRT-OEND research associates include the following:

  • screen and interact with patients using an approved script to identify those at risk
  • assist emergency department staff with patient care
  • identify risky substance use among patients and provide them with appropriate intervention
    • opportunistic identification: designed to find and help those not seeking help for their substance use disorder
    • preventative identification: may reduce likelihood that risky users will go on to become dependent on a substance
  • assist with all other responsibilities assigned

How to Apply

Learn more about Research Associate Internship application materials and timeline.