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Summer Internship Opportunity at Children’s National

My name is Niall Cochrane and I am a Research Coordinator in the Emergency Department at Children’s National writing to you regarding our summer internship program.  In the following letter I have provided some information which I hope helps you during the application process. The application due date for the summer internship is March 1st.  In order to apply, please email me a copy of the following documents [email address: ncochran@cnmc.org]:

1)      Resume

2)      Cover Letter

3)      1 Letter of Recommendation (this can be from a professor, research mentor, former employer, etc…)

4)      Unofficial Transcript

The internship largely consist of recruiting and enrolling patients.  While doing this, you would first determine a patient’s eligibility for one of our studies by screening for them on our electronic health records database.  After confirming the patient’s eligibility with the medical staff, you will then speak to the patient and his or her family directly.  During this interaction you will explain the study to the patient, review the consent form and answer any questions they may have.  After enrolling you will complete study procedures which include a variety of tasks depending on the study.  This can be as simple as completing a survey with the patient, or working with the medical staff to administer drugs and collect patient samples.  There will also be some administrative tasks like data entry and completing paperwork during a shift.

The program is a wonderful opportunity that allows interns to obtain great clinical experience.  I came through the intern program as an undergrad and the experiences I had in the Emergency Department with patients were invaluable.  Upon completing the internship you will feel very comfortable in a hospital setting, and know how to work as one member of a larger health  care team.

We require summer interns to work 20 hours a week.  These can be broken up into as many shifts as necessary, or completed in two longer shifts.  We have coverage at the hospital from 8 am until 11 pm, 7 days a week so the team is flexible in creating shifts.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!


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