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Clinical Research Internship

Are you someone who is

🔬 Eager to immerse in the world of clinical research?

🤝 A self-starter who can thrive in a high-stakes team?

💊 Want to make a difference in the field of medicine?

The Clinical Research Internship at Sana Research would be a good fit for you!

About Sana Research

Sana Research is dedicated to the ethical and professional conduct of clinical trials to advance medical treatments and knowledge to help create better treatments for people. There remain large gaps in the effective treatment of neurologic diseases such as Alzheimer's dementia, neuropathy, migraine headaches, and multiple sclerosis. Sana Research partners with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to enroll volunteers in multi-center clinical trials.

Sana Research’s investigators have been named “Top Docs” by the Washingtonian Magazine for many consecutive years.

About the role

Clinical trials are research studies that test a medical or surgical intervention in people. These trials are the primary way that researchers determine if a new form of treatment is effective and safe. Sana Research is an independent clinical trials site focused on neurosciences, cardiovascular, and general internal medicine trials. 

The Summer Clinical Research Internship provides an invaluable and unique experience to understand how clinical trials are performed. The intern will be trained on research protocols and perform research activities alongside the research staff in real-world clinical trials.  

What you will do

  1. Assist clinical investigator and research team in the performance of clinical research and related activities following the sponsor protocol, and federal and IRB regulations.
  2. Collect and enter data into source documents.
  3. Use an electronic data collection portal to enter research data to sponsor(s).
  4. Learn phlebotomy and how to process serum samples.
  5. Conduct electrocardiograms (ECGs) and learn basic interpretation of cardiac rhythm and arrhythmias.
  6. Create and maintain case report forms (CRF).
  7. Learn Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protocols and regulations.

Who you are

  1. Scholar: intellectually curious. Bachelor’s degree, or working towards one in Health Sciences or Pre-Med. We're only considering U.S. students with work authorization at this time.
  2. Mission-driven: aligns with the organization's mission to uphold ethical standards in research.
  3. Self-disciplined: highly organized in executing daily tasks, delivering quality work on time, and managing your time without needing daily supervision. Strong attention to detail and ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  4. Strong communicator: thrive when speaking and writing to people of all backgrounds, and look to continuously grow your communication skills.
  5. Detail-oriented: embody meticulous attention to fine points and nuances to deliver high-quality work.

Internship logistics

Hours: 20 hours per week 

Time period: 2.5 months (10 weeks) in the summer


  • $1,500 stipend.
  • We are happy to work with the student to make this eligible for college credit(s).
  • Ongoing 1:1 support & mentorship to answer questions and give guidance within a day.
  • Offboarding guidance, which includes resume updates and thank you notes.

Gateway is a recruiting partner of Sana Research, where we screen, interview, and match internship candidates. Once you apply, we will reach out for the next steps which include a 30-minute interview with Gateway, then we will recommend you as a qualified candidate for your final interview. There is no cost to apply and intern.

View Gateway's internship posting here.