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 grantsstudents 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 will be allocated tospecific grant or research effortsunder mentorship of the PI/Co-PI or Project Manager to support long term research.

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, organizing paperwork, and helping to create and 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 for fall, spring, and summer sessions. RA interns can expect to work two, four-hour shifts per week for a minimum commitment of six months and attend a monthly lecture.

Application Process

The application for the Research Internship starting Spring 2015 is now closed.

The application for those interested in starting Summer 2015 is now open, and will close on April 1, 2015. Letters of recommendation must be postmarked on or by April 1, 2015.

The application for those interested in starting Fall 2016 will open on April 8, 2015, and close on July 15, 2015.

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.

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

Lauren O'Donnell
Program Coordinator
PAVERS, Project Healthcare, and Research Internships
Department Of Emergency Medicine
Bellevue Hospital Center
Phone: 212-562-3014
Fax: 212-562-3001

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