Research Associate Internship

The Research Associate (RA) Internship is an innovative volunteer program for enthusiastic and inspired college and post-baccalaureate students. Created by the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine, the internship grants students an opportunity to experience and observe multiple aspects of clinical research. The program consists of clinical and non-clinical research shifts based in the Emergency Department. The program offers the committed student a unique experience to furnish a wealth of knowledge about the numerous options for a career in healthcare. This school-year long or summer intensive unpaid research internship will expose participants to a diverse spectrum of clinical research investigations occurring in the Emergency Departments of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, and NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn. Opportunities for field-based research outside the hospital environment are also available throughout the year.

RA interns will develop basic research skills and become an integral part of research projects and grants occurring through the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine. They will be taught how to collect and enter data, and maintain databases. RA interns will participate in laboratory meetings and gain Principal Investigator mentorship and/or shadowing experiences. RA interns will also become oriented to the Institutional Review Board and other Human Subjects courses.

Successful in-state RA interns who commit to at least a school-year will be eligible to apply to become Chief RAs. Chief RAs are expected to commit to 12 hours/week and assist in training and orienting new RA interns. Chief RAs work closely with PIs and/or their Research Coordinator to fulfill and help meet the respective project's deliverables. RA chiefs will also have the opportunity to continue clinical volunteering within the ED.

This experience permits RA interns to be exposed to new and innovative research, and develop a comprehensive understanding of clinical research.


The RA Internship is a very demanding program and requires a great deal of commitment on the part of the student. We accept applications year-round, but usually only accept students into the program to begin in the Fall-Spring and Summer sessions. Occasionally, students may be accepted for the Spring term should research opportunities become available. Fall-Spring RA interns can expect to work at least two, four-hour clinical shifts and one, two-hour non-clinical shift per week for a total of 10 hours per week during the length of the school year.

Summer RA Interns are required to commit to at least four, four-hour clinical shifts and one, two-hour non-clinical shift per week for a minimum of 18 hours per week during the summer.

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

Shifts take place each day of the week, including weekends, in four-hour time blocks. The first shift is 8am-12pm, and the last shift is 8pm-12am.

Application Process

The application for the Research Associate Internship can be found Here. Please download the Schedule Template Form Here and attach it to your application. Please note that applications are accepted year-round. Depending on the number of research opportunities available, students may be placed on a waiting list.

The ACADEMIC YEAR-LONG INTERNSHIP begins September 1st and ends May 31st of the following year. Students interested in applying for the academic year internship must submit their application materials and letters of recommendation by March 31st of the same year they'd like to enter the program. (i.e. Fall 2019-Spring 2020 Applicants MUST submit their completed application and letters by MARCH, 31, 2019).

The SUMMER INTERNSHIP begins June 1st and ends August 31st. Students interested in applying for the summer internship must submit their application materials and letters of recommendation by January 24th of the same year they'd like to enter the program. (i.e. Summer 2018 Applicants MUST submit their completed application by January 24th, 2019).

We are actively recruiting SPANISH and NON-SPANISH speaking Research Associates. For SPANISH-speaking applicants, please indicate your level of proficiency in your application. 

We invite applications from mature, committed, and motivated students who fully accept the demands of the RA Internship and have the willingness to participate enthusiastically in all aspects of the program. We encourage applications not only from students with a strong interest in healthcare (aspiring doctors, nurses, nurse-practitioners, physician assistants, clinical psychologists/psychiatrists, and clinical social workers), as well as students who are uncertain about pursuing a career in healthcare. Students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies are eligible to apply. Research experience is preferred but it is not necessary.

Two letters of recommendation are required in order for your application to be reviewed. Letters of Recommendation must be written and directly sent in by a non-relative. Letters cannot be faxed and must include a completed Letter of Recommendation Cover Sheet and physical signature. Letters should be e-mailed either to Michelle Shum at or sent in a signed-and-sealed envelope, and mailed to:

Denisha Brandford
Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine
227 East 30th Street, Station 105H
New York, NY 10016

For questions or concerns, you may contact Denisha Brandford at