Research Internship

The Research Associate (RA) Internship is an innovative volunteer program for enthusiastic and inspired college and post-baccalaureate students. Created by the Bellevue Hospital Center Emergency Department, the RA Internship grants students an opportunity to experience and observe many different aspects of clinical research. The program is comprised of 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 six month (minimum) unpaid research internship will expose participants to a diverse spectrum of clinical and non-clinical based research investigations in the Emergency Department at NYU/Bellevue. Students collect data for multiple grants or research efforts while on their shifts.

This experience permits the student to develop basic research skills. The student will be oriented to the Institutional Review Board and other Human Subjects courses, and be exposed to new and innovative research to fulfill and help meet the respective project's deliverables.

RA Internship participants will work within the Emergency Department setting to support data collection, data entry, training new RAs, organizing paperwork, and helping to maintain databases.



The RA Internship is a very demanding program, requiring a great deal of commitment on the part of the student. We accept applications year-round, but only accept students into the program to begin in the fall, spring, and summer sessions. RA interns can expect to work at least two, four-hour shifts per week for a minimum commitment of six months. 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, and in four-hour time blocks. The first shift is 8am-12pm, and the last is 8pm-12am.


Application Process

The application for those interested in starting Spring 2016 is now open, and will close on December 15, 2015. Letters must be emailed or postmarked by December 15, 2015.

The application for those interested in starting Summer of 2016 will open February 10, 2016 and close on May 4, 2016.

Research Internship Application Form

We invite applications from mature, committed, and motivated students who fully accept the demands of the RA Internship and have a 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), but also from students who are uncertain about pursuing a career in healthcare. You do not need to be currently enrolled in school to be eligible, however one year of college must be completed. Though research experience is preferred, it is not necessary.

Two letters of recommendation are required in order for your application to be reviewed. Letters of Recommendation must be written by a non-relative, and cannot be faxed. The letters must include a completed Letter of Recommendation cover sheet. and physical signature. Letters should be e-mailed either to Lauren O’Donnell at or sent in signed,sealed envelopes, and mailed to:

Lauren O'Donnell
Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine
462 First Avenue, Suite A345
New York, NY 10016

For questions or concerns, you may contact Lauren O’Donnell at