Clinical Research Internship

The Center of Excellence for Research in Infectious Diseases organizes the only comprehensive Clinical Research Internship to provide participants with immersive learning opportunities in clinical and translational research. This University of Louisville-approved internship offers a combination of in-class, hands-on, and project-based learning in all aspects of the clinical research process.





Program Directors

Julio Ramirez, MD FACP | Center Director, CERID

Ruth Carrico, Ph.D, RN | Director of Epidemiological Research, CERID


Program Structure

The program curriculum is designed using multiple learning goals that equip participants with the necessary skills to develop and implement a clinical research program in the United States and internationally.

  • In-Class Clinical Research Learning: Members of CERID provide the didactic portion of the program lectures. The curriculum describes the theoretical elements of planning and performing clinical studies, analyzing study results, and dissemination of new knowledge generated through clinical research.

  • Hands-On Clinical Research Learning: Interns move beyond clinical research theory into the practice of clinical research. They acquire experiential learning working with members of different CERID research units, including Data Management, Research Implementation, Laboratory, Biorepository, Quality Assurance, Biostatistics, Medical Writing, Bioinformatics, Community Outreach, Research Administration, and Research Finances. First-hand experience with patients participating in clinical studies occurs at any of the ten CERID participating hospitals. These hospitals serve the entire population of the city of Louisville.

  • Project-Based Clinical Research Learning: Under the guidance and monitoring of a CERID mentor, interns will perform a series of projects related to research dissemination. These projects may include oral presentations, abstracts, posters, or manuscripts. The mentor will offer advice to the intern regarding their research topic and the type of research dissemination activity. The project work may be performed by a single intern, or by a group of interns according to the project scope and difficulty.

These three learning approaches bridge the gap between clinical research theory and clinical research practice.

Program Structure

This internship consists of three levels of training: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. The program training period ranges from 8 weeks (summer program) to two years.

Program Participants

Two cohorts are accepted each year with 20-30 participants per cohort. An additional summer cohort accepts 10-15 participants. The CERID Clinical Research Internship program has graduated more than 100 participants since its inception in 2016.


Program Admissions

The internship program hosts three open enrollment periods per year—March, September, and December. To be considered, applicants must submit the following materials during open enrollment:

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Questionnaire

  • Letter of Intent

  • (2) letters of reference


Once reviewed by the Intern Selection Committee, qualified applicants will be invited for a 30-minute personal interview to discuss details of qualifications and serve as demonstrated language proficiency. Additional language proficiency tests (TOEFL OR USMLE) may be requested for applicants whom English is not a primary language. A J1 Research Scholar Visa is provided to accepted candidates when applicable.

Note of Disclaimer:  The Clinical Research Internship will not constitute employment with the University of Louisville, nor will a contract for employment be conferred upon participants completion of the internship program. The internship is a voluntary educational training opportunity for scholars interested in learning more about institutional clinical research programs.