Research Associate Internship Program

The MACRO research associate internship provides a paid research experience to University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students. Research Associates obtain hands-on clinical research experience by screening and enrolling patients for MACRO-supported research and by otherwise assisting the MACRO study coordinators. The 12-hours-per-week minimum commitment affords students exposure in the emergency department, operating room and intensive care units at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and UPMC Mercy Hospital.

MACRO Research Associates should possess:

  • Independence
  • Excellent oral communications skills
  • Common sense
  • A dedicated work-ethic
  • A strong interest in entering the medical profession
  • Learn about and understand a number of clinical research studies
  • Determine patient eligibility for participation in those studies
  • Coordinate collection of biological specimens, including blood, urine, and tissue samples
  • Process biological specimens for analysis
  • Perform basic data collection and medical record abstraction
  • Assist study coordinators with the informed consent process
  • Hourly wage
  • Regular interaction with physicians and patients in a clinical setting
  • First-hand exposure to the emergency department, operating room, and intensive care unit
  • Technical lab skill development
  • Development of critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • Increased knowledge of medical terminology
  • Interest in a health care career
  • Able to commit to nine-months of participation, including three months of intensive training
  • Availability to work 12-20 hours a week, some of which may be weekends and nights
  • Completion of University of Pittsburgh research ethics training
  • Attendance at one research intern meeting per month
  • Attendance at six faculty lectures per year
How to Apply

If you're interested in becoming a MACRO research associate, please send an email to Tom Byers, Assistant Director, Student Programs,

Please include the following:
First and last name
Email address
Anticipated graduation year
Declared or intended major
Why are you interested in the MACRO internship?
We will contact you when we are hiring and let you know how to apply.