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The Benefits of Using a Free DICOM Viewer in Medical Research

In the field of medical research, having access to high-quality and comprehensive tools is crucial. One such tool that has revolutionized the way medical images are viewed and analyzed is a DICOM viewer. DICOM stands for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine, and it is a standard format used for storing, managing, and transmitting medical images.

While there are several paid DICOM viewers available in the market, there are also free options that offer many benefits to researchers. In this article, we will explore the advantages of using a free DICOM viewer in medical research.

Cost-effective Solution

Medical research projects often face budget constraints, which can limit the availability of funds for purchasing expensive software tools. By utilizing a free DICOM viewer, researchers can save money while still accessing powerful image viewing capabilities. This cost-effective solution allows them to allocate their resources more efficiently towards other important aspects of their research.

Seamless Integration with Existing Systems

Most free DICOM viewers are designed to seamlessly integrate with existing systems and workflows. This means that researchers can easily import their medical images into the viewer without any compatibility issues or data loss. The ability to integrate with Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) ensures smooth collaboration between different departments or institutions involved in the research project.

Advanced Image Analysis Features

Contrary to popular belief, free DICOM viewers are not limited to basic image viewing functionalities only. Many of these viewers come equipped with advanced image analysis features that enable researchers to perform measurements, annotations, and other quantitative analyses on medical images. These tools provide valuable insights into various aspects of the research study, allowing for more accurate interpretations and conclusions.

User-Friendly Interface

Another advantage of using a free DICOM viewer is its user-friendly interface. These viewers are designed keeping in mind the needs of both experienced researchers and those who may be less familiar with medical imaging technologies. The intuitive interface and easy-to-use tools make it accessible to a wide range of users, ensuring that researchers can focus more on their analysis rather than struggling with complicated software.

In summary, utilizing a free DICOM viewer in medical research offers numerous benefits. It provides a cost-effective solution for researchers who may have limited budgets, while still offering advanced image analysis features and seamless integration with existing systems. Additionally, the user-friendly interface makes it accessible to researchers of all skill levels. By taking advantage of these free tools, medical researchers can enhance their image viewing and analysis capabilities, ultimately leading to more accurate and impactful research outcomes.

This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.


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The Scripps Research Translational Institute (SRTI) promotes cutting-edge translational research, focused on personalized health care through the genomic, proteomic and metabolomic correlates of health and disease. We additionally seek to advance personalized medicine through research incorporating mobile health (mHealth) monitoring of individuals’ symptoms and physiology.

We offer two internship programs. The Student Research Internship Program is a 10-week summer program designed for high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The primary goal is to equip students interested in health sciences, statistics, and computational/computer science to become future leaders in the realm of translational medical research. 

Student Research Internship Program

  • Gain knowledge of and exposure to current topics in translational science, including the genetic basis for common and complex traits and diseases in humans, as well as the integration of mobile technologies to monitor and improve health care.
  • Learn study design and analysis procedures relevant for translational research, including genomic/genetic association studies and mHealth trials.
  • Observe the various steps of proposing, designing, undertaking and analyzing clinical trials, particularly those evaluating genomics and mobile monitoring of patients with disease.
  • Become proficient in presenting scientific concepts—including study design, research findings, data analysis and results interpretation—to peers and mentors.

Based on the intern’s individual interests, he or she will be assigned a primary mentor. It is the mentor’s responsibility to advise and guide the intern with respect to achieving the aims and requirements of the program. The mentor may also, to the degree appropriate, provide information and insights regarding future academic and career development goals. Although each intern will work primarily with his/her individual mentor, dialogue with other investigators at the Scripps Research Translational Institute is highly encouraged.

Most of our interns work in a dry lab setting; however, we do have a limited number of wet lab positions available. You must indicate your preference on the application for dry lab, wet lab or either.

  • Seminar attendance:   Interns will attend one-two weekly seminars (listed below) and prepare for these seminars accordingly (e.g., read assigned journal articles).
  • Write a one-page description of this project, which requires mentor approval.
  • Present this proposal to the mentor for final approval, any time prior to the midpoint of the internship.
  • Presentation of Research Project: Present results of the independent research project at a Translational Institute Research Meeting, scheduled during the second half of the internship period.
  • Poster Symposium : Share the outcomes of the independent research project during the conclusing intern poster sympsium.

If appropriate, interns may submit abstracts for presentation at a scientific meeting mutually agreed upon by the intern, his/her mentor and a senior faculty member.

  • Candidates will be selected based on qualifications and research interests.
  • After all applications are reviewed, individuals whose interests and coursework/experience match current research projects and available mentorship at the Translational Institute will be offered positions. Some mentors may contact applicants first for a brief telephone or video interview prior to final decision.
  • Interns must receive school credit or transcript notation for participation in our non-paid summer research internship. Please check with your guidance counselor or department dean about whether this will be possible. If not, we will help coordinate your required credit through an affiliated community college.
  • Interns aged 18 and older who are matched with clinical mentors will be required to complete background checks and drug screening before working in clinical areas.

Internship dates: June 3 - August 9, 2024 OR June 17 - August 23, 2024 or write specific dates on the application form (10 weeks).

Application deadline: March 30, 2024

Date of notice: May 4, 2024

SURI Program is a 10 week summer residential program that brings approximately 40 talented and motivated students (high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional) from across the country to Scripps Research Translational Institute for an immersive research and graduate school preparation experience.

Please note :  Funding has yet to be determined we will update the website when information becomes available. We will continue to have unpaid positions completed for school credit or transcript notation. If your school does not provide credit or transcript notation for outside internships, we will help coordinate credit through Scripps-affiliated MiraCosta Community College and San Diego Mesa.

The Scripps Research Translational Institute does not offer housing or housing support for those taking part in the internship program.

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Internship dates: May 20 - July 29, 2024 or write specific dates on the application form. An 8-week commitment and 40 hrs/week are required.

Application deadline: February 29, 2024

Date of notice: March 30, 2024

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The Biomedical and Health Internships offer students the opportunity to conduct research or work in a lab setting with a mentor. Interns are expected to become familiar with the research approaches used by their mentors. At the mentor’s discretion, students may: develop a specific project within the research team; have shadowing opportunities with a health professional; and interact with patients and their families through volunteer experiences.

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Eligible class years: Sophomores and Juniors

Supplemental Application Requirements for all applicants: In addition to a resume and cover letter, all Biomedical Research and Health internship applicants must submit an unofficial transcript from Workday as part of their application materials. Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded in PDF format to the online application. 

Students can apply for up to two Signature Internships across any program area. Click here for instructions about  how to apply  or consult our  Signature Internships Website . 

(Boston, MA) Confirmed  for summer 2024

Boston Children's Hospital is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric hospital. Through a long-standing collaboration between Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital, outpatient care for children is provided at Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic while neighboring Boston Children's Hospital offers inpatient care and pediatric subspecialty consultation. The two institutions function as one to provide a seamless care experience for children with cancer.

Launched under the support of Wellesley’s 13th President, H. K. Bottomly, this internship is housed in a joint program between the Pediatric Oncology Department at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH). All staff and faculty carry joint appointments with the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. This Hematology/Oncology program is among the oldest in the country and is internationally recognized for its research in pediatric blood diseases, cancer, and stem cells. 

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Job Title: Research Intern Placements available: 5-6 Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors Format: In person

Job Description: The internship provides an opportunity for students to learn skills related to basic, translational and clinical research in pediatric blood diseases, cancer and stem cell biology. The Research Intern will select a faculty mentor from a list provided by the Division and will participate in basic research within this faculty’s laboratory or will participate in developing a clinical research effort. The intern and mentor will determine the specific internship goals. The intern is expected to become facile with the research approaches utilized by their mentor and, at the discretion of the mentor, may develop a specific project with a current member of the research team. The intern will be expected to attend all required training modules, laboratory meetings, and scientific seminars as directed by their mentor. Skills that you will learn and/or expand upon may include:

  • Basic research skills: Basic research is laboratory-based research of normal biological processes and the mechanisms of disease. Skills include the planning, execution, and interpretation of experiments and scientific techniques such as PCR, cell culture and gel electrophoresis.
  • Translational research skills: Translational research is research that transforms scientific discoveries arising from laboratory studies into clinical applications. Skills that you can expect to learn from participation in translational research are a combination of those learned from a basic research experience and a clinical research experience. Although translational research is patient oriented much of it is performed within the laboratory. 
  • Clinical research skills: Clinical research is the study of disease, treatment, and outcome in patients. Skills that you can expect to learn in clinical research include the design of clinical studies, managing databases, and data analysis. Sometimes a clinical research experience may involve direct interviews of patients or family members but often will not involve direct patient contact.
  • Communication and Collaboration: Interns will learn to communicate findings and project progress throughout their research. At the end of the internship, the intern will be required to develop a written report of the project and present it to the team.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Sophomores and Juniors
  • Background in science and/or scientific research is recommended 
  • Strong interest in medicine, science, and/or laboratory research
  • Willingness to participate in a collaborative environment with limited supervision at times
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Organizational and time-management skills
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Intellectual curiosity and creativity

Note: If nominated, routine vaccination series need to be current (MMR, varicella, etc) prior to internship. Interns should also plan to be available for a group orientation with other BCH/DFCI prior to beginning work with their mentor/lab. 

REQUIRED Supplemental Application Materials: In addition to the other required application materials—Short-Answer Questions, Resume, and Cover Letter—students must submit an unofficial transcript downloaded from Workday.  

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute  (Walensky Lab)

(Boston, MA)  Confirmed for summer 2024

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented professionals with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

The Walensky laboratory focuses on the chemical biology of deregulated protein interactions in cancer, metabolism, and infectious diseases. Our goal is to develop and deploy an arsenal of new compounds to dissect and target pathologic protein interactions using multidisciplinary approaches that include (1) chemical and stapled peptide design, (2) rigorous biochemical, proteomic, and structural characterizations, (3) mechanistic validation in cells and mouse models, and ultimately (4) clinical translation. We emphasize mechanistic biology, including (1) canonical and non-canonical roles of BCL-2 family apoptotic proteins, (2) cancer signaling pathways, (3) high priority metabolic, bacterial and viral targets, and (4) novel helix-in-groove interactions relevant to protein structure, function, and drug development.

Job Title: Research Intern Placements available: 2 Eligible Class Year: Juniors Format: In person

Job Description:  Specific research duties will include experimentation in a variety of areas spanning chemistry, biochemistry, and cell biology. Techniques could include ligand binding analyses, protein production and purification, assays on cells, purified organelles, and cell lysates. The primary area of research focus is deregulated cell death and transcriptional pathways in cancer, with a major interest in overcoming chemoresistance through the development and application of novel chemical tools and prototype therapeutics. 

  • Open to Juniors
  • Interested in gaining experience as a basic science research technician to a principal investigator (PI) who serves as a physician, scientist, and educator.
  • Prior laboratory experience is preferred. The ideal candidate will intend to harness the acquired skills/experience to advance their career in medicine, science, or biotechnology. 
  • Energetic, efficient, and resourceful.
  • Other personal attributes include: high energy and upbeat multi-tasker, supremely organized with exquisite attention to detail, independent thinker and doer, exemplary written and oral communication skills, computer and technology savvy, impeccable people skills a must.

REQUIRED Supplemental Application Materials: In addition to the other required application materials—Short-Answer Questions, Resume, and Cover Letter—students must submit an unofficial transcript downloaded from Workday. 

(Wise, VA) Confirmed for summer 2024

The mission of the Health Wagon is to provide compassionate, quality healthcare to the medically underserved people in the mountains of Appalachia.

Our Story:  Forty years ago, Sister Bernadette Kenny of the Catholic Order Medical Missionaries of Mary began what is now known as the Health Wagon. At that time, Sister “Bernie,” as she is most affectionately known, traveled on rural mountain roads in her Volkswagen Beetle to deliver health care to individuals in the mountainous region of Southwest Virginia.  Today, the Health Wagon provides care from four brick and mortar stationary clinics as well as three mobile units. The Health Wagon is the oldest mobile clinic in the nation, traveling on a weekly basis to sites in Central Appalachia. We continue to see an increase in patients, employed and unemployed, who work or have worked in the coal mining and agriculture industries as well as their families. The Health Wagon is the only free clinic in its six-county service area; it is the only refuge to 10,750 patients. 93% of our patient population makes less than $20,000 annually. Thanks to the community’s support, we remain able to continue our health care outreach to an uninsured and under-insured population.

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Job Title: Development Intern Placements available: 2 Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors Format:  Primarily remote but the last two weeks are onsite in Wise, VA 

Please note the internship dates are: June 1, 2024 - August 9, 2024

This highly motivated individual(s) will be responsible for: 

  • Conduct prospect research to identify individuals or organizations interested in supporting the clinic's mission and programs.
  • Prepare grant applications, proposals, and reports.
  • Collaborate with team members to organize and execute community outreach initiatives and events. 
  • Assist in drafting and editing communications, including newsletters, press releases, email campaigns, and social media posts.
  • Perform research for project-specific proposals, focusing on priorities such as women's health, workforce shortages, dental care, cancer, and other relevant areas, as part of community needs assessments.
  • Help analyze clinical data and metrics to track progress, identify trends, and support data-driven decision-making. 
  • Expand knowledge and skills in nonprofit development and fundraising practices. Opportunity to assist with financial operations, such as processing donations, preparing financial reports, and tracking expenses to support the organization's financial stability and transparency.
  • Provide general administrative support to the development department, including data entry and correspondence.

Internship Opportunities:

  • Ample opportunities to work independently and collaboratively at a nationally recognized nonprofit organization
  • Gain insight on the systemic causes and effects of health access disparities in a rural setting
  • Several multifaceted projects catered to tackle your own areas of interest with mentorship

Preferred Skills and Qualifications Communication/Media, Fundraising/Business Development, Healthcare/Wellness, Management/Administration, Marketing, Operations/Logistics, Public Interest/Advocacy, Research

(Boston, MA) Confirmed for summer 2024

Research internship positions are available at the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) at Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in the laboratory of Dr. Paul B. Yu.

The laboratory performs translational research with the goal of understanding how bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) and transforming growth factor-b (TGF-b) signals are translated into function by target cells, and how abnormalities of signal transduction and downstream regulation may lead to abnormal vascular cell function, pulmonary arterial hypertension, and musculoskeletal disease. This work lies at the nexus of progenitor cell biology, chemical biology, cardiovascular physiology, and experimental pharmacology. They have developed novel animal models of disease, chemical probes and experimental therapeutics geared towards understanding mechanisms of BMP and TGF-b signaling and   treating vascular and musculoskeletal disease. More recently this work has incorporated computational biology and bioinformatic techniques for analyzing large datasets, or “big data.” Their work has led to novel treatment strategies and diagnostic tests that have entered clinical testing. 

Job Title: Research Intern Placements available:  1-2 Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors Format:  In person

Job Description: This summer internship will provide an 8-10 week exposure to biomedical research in a basic and translational cardiovascular research lab. The intern will spend this time in the Yu laboratory in the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) at Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School learning basic concepts of molecular and cell biology, histopathology, and biochemistry. The intern will be paired with a PhD trained postdoctoral fellow and a research assistant, and will learn basic molecular laboratory techniques, including PCR and quantitative PCR, western blotting, in-cell western, tissue culture, immunohistochemistry, and immunochemical techniques. The intern will be assigned a small, self-contained project using some of these techniques and applying these to address a hypothesis about cellular signaling or function. The postdoctoral fellow will assist the intern in designing the project. The intern will present the proposal in a 20-minute slide presentation at the beginning of the summer, within the first 2 weeks of their internship. At the end of the summer, the intern will present a 20-minute slide presentation summarizing the findings of their research project. In addition to the research activities, didactic and tutorial-based learning will include assigned reading of 10-12 relevant background manuscripts in the field, and participation in biweekly journal clubs covering recent high-profile manuscripts of special interest to the laboratory. The intern will be expected to summarize and lead discussions on 2 journal club papers to the laboratory group over the course of the summer during the journal club sessions.

Eligibility Requirements:  

  • Pursuing undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or Physics
  • Highly motivated, independent with entrepreneurial spirit
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Some experience with tissue culture and molecular biology is preferred
  • Excellent organizational skills

Rush University Medical Center , Community Health Equity

(Chicago, IL) Confirmed for summer 2024

Rush University Medical Center is a 676-bed academic medical center that includes hospital facilities for adults and children. In addition to patient care, education and research, RUMC stays connected to the local community through the efforts of its students, faculty, and staff. These efforts include health outreach projects in which RUMC collaborates with neighborhood clinics, churches, schools and other organizations to provide health screenings and health information for underserved children and adults. At RUMC, the intern will have the opportunity to work with mentor David Ansell, MD MPH and his team. Dr. Ansell is Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity at RUMC and Associate Provost for Community Affairs at Rush University. He is an internal medicine physician, activist, and author. His recent book, The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills was published in 2017 (with the help of past Wellesley interns!). 

Dr. Ansell leads a wide-array of community-based health initiatives focused on the health of Chicago’s uninsured patient population. Dr. Ansell and his team work closely with the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force , which he helped establish, to decrease health disparities between white and black women in Chicago. The goal of this work is to decrease the disparity by improving the quality of breast cancer screening and care for minority women in the Chicago area. He also works with advocates fighting for organ transplantations for the uninsured.

Learn more about Ika Kovacikova ‘14 and how she found her way to medical school following her internship with Rush.

Job Title: Community Health Equity Interns Placements available:  2 Eligible Class Year: Sophomores Format:  In person

Job Description: Community Health Equity Interns will support Dr. Ansell‘s team in their work to address issues related to health care access and health disparity reduction. The intern may learn and/or expand upon the following: 

  • Collaboration & the Liberal Arts Approach: Diverse opportunities to be engaged in health and public health, non-profits, community outreach, political advocacy, etc. Throughout the summer, the interns will work alongside Dr. Ansell, RUMC internal medicine faculty, medical staff, community members, and other summer undergraduate interns. 
  • Research & Communication: Support a wide spectrum of projects that range from collaborating on manuscript preparation to interfacing with research participants and community partners in the field. Each intern will work with Dr. Ansell to develop a work plan that outlines goals, anticipated timeline, and final internship products. At the end of the internship, each intern will deliver a presentation about their research and experience.
  • Clinical Exposure: Interns will participate in regular research team meetings and have the opportunity to attend institution-wide conferences, lectures, and trainings.They also have the opportunity to shadow Dr. Ansell in his own primary care practice and at a free-clinic.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Sophomores preferred.
  • Strong research and writing skills required.
  • Flexible, comfortable working independently and taking initiative
  • Ability to work fluidly and competently in racially/ethnically diverse communities
  • A background/perspective in social sciences, particularly in urban studies, is helpful but not required.

(Boston, MA) Not offered for summer 2024

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH) Summer Internship Program provides clinical and research training opportunities for students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate level programs in neuropsychology, clinical psychology, health and rehabilitation sciences, neuroscience, and medicine. The program is designed to expose the intern to a broad range of clinical and research activities involving persons with moderate to severe acquired brain injury. Available clinical and research opportunities include, 1) the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network (SRN) Comprehensive Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program, 2) the SRN Disorders of Consciousness Program (located at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital- Charlestown and Spaulding Hospital Cambridge), 3) the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Program, a federally-funded research program focused on persons with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, and 4) the SRN COVID-19 Post-acute Care Longitudinal Follow-up Study.

Job Title : Research Intern Placements available:  2 Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors Format:  In person or Hybrid as determined by the hospital

Job Description: Interns are primarily responsible for assisting clinical and research staff with the collation, curation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data concerning cognitive, linguistic and motor function. Some activities may involve direct patient contact. Interns will receive individual and group supervision, have the opportunity to attend research team meetings, and participate in a variety of continuing education activities as desired. 

Interns will assist staff in a wide variety of study activities. These duties may include:

  • Screening potentially eligible subjects using electronic medical records
  • Communicating with physicians, therapists, case managers, and other clinical staff concerning study activities
  • Administering self-report measures, standardized interviews and neuropsychological tests to study participants
  • Recruitment/enrollment and study milestone tracking
  • Assisting with database management and data curation
  • Abstracting data from the electronic medical record
  • Assisting with IRB amendments and continuing reviews
  • Assisting with preparation of recruitment materials
  • Preparing agendas and minutes for meetings
  • Assisting with development and updating of internal standard operating procedure documents
  • Assisting with literature reviews, preparing and analyzing data, and developing PowerPoint presentations
  • Engagement activities (e.g. preparing newsletters, participant birthday cards, social media, website development)
  • Opportunity to coauthor manuscripts and professional presentations
  • Open to Sophomores and Juniors
  • Prior exposure to neurologic populations (e.g., TBI)
  • Training/experience in neuropsychometric testing and database management (e.g., REDCap)
  • Experience in data entry, use of electronic medical record systems, data analysis
  • Experience conducting literature searches and literature reviews
  • Experience working on scientific manuscripts

Time commitment:  Interns are expected to commit 32-40 hours per week for 8-10 weeks.

Job Title:  Outreach and Communications Intern Placements available:  1 Eligible Class Year: Sophomores & Juniors Format:  Hybrid

The Family Van is a mobile clinic founded in 1992 that works with low-income Boston communities to improve the health and well-being of residents and their families. By taking preventive health care directly to medically underserved neighborhoods, The Family Van improves health outcomes among people whose needs are not fully met by the traditional health care system. This innovative model of health care delivery is grounded in clinical evidence and has demonstrated improvements in important health outcomes.

We also operate the Mobile Health Map (MHM), which helps mobile clinics measure, improve, and communicate their impact. Beginning with the 2009 publication of our seminal paper, “Calculating the return on investment of mobile healthcare” by Dr. Nancy Oriol and followed by the development of our online Return on Investment Calculator, MHM has been the go-to expert for showing how mobile clinics serve vulnerable populations. Our innovative digital resources have allowed mobile clinics across the country, an estimated 3,000 in the sector, to model their cost-effectiveness and impact, paving the way for mobile clinics to establish themselves as critical components of the health care system.

The Outreach & Communications intern will work to raise awareness about our programs and services with stakeholders, clients, volunteers, and external partners in target communities. This internship would be hybrid, mostly remote with occasional days at either the mobile unit at our stops in Roxbury, Dorchester, East Boston or Mattapan, or at our shared office space in the Longwood area.

Job Description: The intern will work in the following areas

  • Outreach and Communications: This person will work with our team and volunteers to support community outreach both in the community and via social media, and will participate in certain special events with staff, and collaborate with other organizations. The person will manage the event requests and scheduling activities. Additionally, this role will execute communications strategies and projects, contribute to management of digital content platforms, and create content for programs for social media presence under the guidance of the Communications Specialist. This role will create and contribute to the distribution of newsletters, health education, program flyers and fundraising materials. This person will curate the photo directory in Drop Box, and other communications duties our communications strategy requires.
  • Volunteer and Intern Coordination: This person will assist in recruitment, selection and training of volunteers for the 24-25 cohort. Responsible for administering the weekly learning modules, volunteer surveys and learning opportunities with the Volunteer Program Manager, including program evaluation.

Additionally, this person may work on specific grant funded projects and other special initiatives. The intern will be held accountable using our ‘check in guide’ which lists current priorities, status of projects and tasks completed, to help guide the weekly supervisory check-in meetings. Based upon the specific skills and interests of the intern, responsibilities for specific special projects will be given to the intern. The intern may also participate in special events.

Requirements:  All applicants must be 18 years old or older as of May 1, 2024.  The position is primarily remote, with occasional days in the office, at the mobile unit itself or at Harvard Medical School. As the internship will be a hybrid format, the applicant must supply and support their own computer, hardware, software, and internet access. Some evenings or weekends may be required to attend special events on the weekends. Applicants who are multi-lingual are encouraged to apply.

The VA Boston Healthcare System is a major academic hospital that serves veteran patients in the Boston area. The summer internship is in the Research Department at the Jamaica Plain campus (The VA is located on the E branch of the green line and on bus route 39). The internship is overseen by Dr. David Sparrow, who is the principal investigator for two ongoing clinical trials in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Job Title : Research Intern (clinical trials) Placements available:  1 Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors Format:  In person

Job description: You will work closely with the Principal Investigator and Study Coordinator on two ongoing clinical trials in patient with Parkinson’s disease. Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Perform measurements and collect medical data on veteran patients
  • Administer questionnaires
  • Assist with the delivery of exercise interventions
  • Assist with the development of study educational materials and handouts
  • Perform data management
  • Provide support for research staff

All training will be provided. This position offers clinical research experience for students interested in pursuing a clinical career (e.g., medical school).

  • Strong interest in medicine and/or clinical research
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Undergraduate clinical research internship program.

The Vanderbilt Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program (UCRIP) gives college students earning a four-year degree the opportunity to participate in both research and clinical patient care at an academic medical center.  This program is designed for students who are interested in a career in medicine.  Participants will complete a research project under the directorship of a research mentor and also directly observe clinical patient care while spending time with residents and attending physicians.

  • The 2024 session will run from the beginning of June through the first week in August, with the Sunday before and Saturday after allotted for moving.
  • Program participants will be required to attend on-site orientation and training prior to beginning their research and clinical experiences.
  • Students will round with a hospital-based general medicine physician team each week.
  • Students will be assigned a research mentor and project by the Program Director. The director will try to place each participant with a mentor in an area of his/her interest as is available.  The project may be either clinical or basic science research.
  • Students will attend weekly seminars to discuss various topics, including medical school admissions, medical student life, medical education, and other issues related to healthcare.
  • Program participants will be required to present their research at the conclusion of the program.
  • The program provides each student housing on the Vanderbilt campus for the summer. Information on Vanderbilt summer housing can be found here: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/meetatvanderbilt/academic-intern-housing/
  • Participants will receive a stipend of $1,500. The program does not provide support for travel or meals.
  • Students will have the opportunity to interact socially and academically with students participating in other Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy programs.
  • Disadvantaged students accepted into the program may be eligible for financial assistance.


  • The Program is limited to U.S. citizens (or persons having U.S. Permanent Resident status) earning a  four-year undergraduate degree at an accredited US college or university.
  • Applying students must be a college undergraduate during the summer of the program year.
  • Applying students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale.
  • Preference is given to candidates with prior research experience and who have taken advanced science courses.
  • Applying students should have a strong desire to pursue an M.D. degree or a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree.

Application Instructions

The application will include:

  • A brief personal statement which addresses your interests, your qualifications for the program, and how you believe this program will help you achieve your professional goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Uploaded unofficial transcript

The application opens on October 1. The application deadline is February 1, 2024. Click here to start the application through the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy

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Research internships.

Research internships offer an introduction to all aspects and roles across clinical academic research from trial design, data management through to undertaking practical research in a clinical environment.

Schemes provide a range of both taught and academically supervised interventions that both engage and expose the intern to the clinical academic research environment, but also provide them with the practical skills to undertake a research project supported by an expert clinical academic supervisor.

By the end of the programme we hope that participants will have the confidence to apply their newly learned skills within their employing Trusts, become research champions and consider a future clinical academic career to include formally accredited education programmes, either within the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme, or via other routes. Interns will also benefit from an enhanced ability to apply successfully for further formal research training.

I think I am a more confident practitioner as a result and have a greater understanding of how clinical academic research supports changes in clinical practice with direct patient benefit." Jed Jerwood, Art Psychotherapist, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust and John Taylor Hospice.
It has given me the opportunity to include elements of research into my current job and network with, plus get support from experienced researchers." Llewellyn Boucher, Extended Scope Physiotherapy Practitioner, Kent.

Resources and case studies are available to support your decision making and conversations with your manager.

Aims of scheme.

An internship scheme will:

- develop research and research capabilities throughout all levels of the NHS in order to enhance and diffuse evidence based practice (by providing research champions)

- provide the opportunity to develop a network of clinical academics so that learning, best practice and innovation can be shared and disseminated, both regionally and nationally

- support the development of clinical skills as well as research skills

- encourage research into areas related to HEE’s Mandate or to education and training as a whole

- offer an insight into a career in clinical academia and provide experience which would support applications for further formal research training.

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For queries regarding research options in our local teams (including internships) please contact the following in your region:

If you are employed in the North West region, find information and contacts here .

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For the Integrated Clinical Academic Programme Internship Scheme information also available on Sheffield Hallam University website.

For all other general queries contact the regional education team .   

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Including; North and South London .

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Including;  Thames Valley ,  Wessex  , South West ,  Kent Surrey and Sussex .

To apply for the internships, candidates must be a registered professional from one of the professions listed in the eligible professions and registered bodies document below. The internships are available to those who have received no formal long term training in research.  If, as part of your registration requirements, you had to complete a diploma or masters you are still eligible to apply.

Applications must have clear potential for benefiting patients and the public and can involve: patients; samples or data from patients; members of the public/carers; health technology assessment; health services research; and research into clinical education and training. We would encourage applications where the research would focus on one of HEE’s Mandate requirements or into education and training.

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