Oregon Stroke Center Summer Internship Program

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The Oregon Stroke Center is the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in the Pacific Northwest and has heavy involvement in clinical research. Currently, the Stroke Program has over 30 studies involving experimental drugs and devices for acute stroke treatment, stroke prevention and stroke rehabilitation/recovery.

The internship goals are to provide exposure to clinical research in respect to best practices, impact of research on future medicine/treatment and explore career paths in healthcare and research. The overarching goal of this program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to pursue further studies or careers in clinical research. 

Interns will immerse themselves in a 10-week research experience over the summer (June–August). They will be working directly with an established mentor, alongside research assistants, research coordinators and investigators. Interns learn what clinical research is, how the site/institution interacts with IRB and Sponsor, and the FDA regulations that must be followed. They will gain hands-on experience working in therapeutic clinical research that can be applied in future real-world clinical research jobs and have face-to-face patient interactions. 

The 2024 program will run Monday, June 17 through Friday, August 23 with required 20 hours per week of participation. 

This Internship offers

  • Experience working in a professional environment, develop work ethic and opportunity to work on resume building
  • Direct hands-on experience working in clinical research, experience day-to-day operations, patient interaction and lab specimen processing
  • Networking with Principal Investigators, doctors and research staff. Learn from them about how/why they chose their pathway in clinical research
  • Opportunity to attend weekly Neurological talks/presentations 


Oregon Stroke Center is located on OHSU Marquam Hill Campus in the Hatfield Research Center. Interns must use mass transit or bicycle to get to campus (daily on-site parking is available, but is expensive and not guaranteed).


  • We are looking for motivated college undergraduates with a strong interest in a career in clinical research
  • Recent graduate or current enrollment at an accredited college and have at least finished first year of undergraduate school by the start of the program
  • Must have completed at least one basic sciences course
  • Must be available and present the whole duration of the 10-week program. Required commitment of 20 hours per week. No vacations or breaks may be taken


The deadline for applications for the 2024 program is January 31 and final decisions will be made by February 28. You will need to provide current transcript, resume and a short essay outlining why you want to participate and your future goals/plans.

Once accepted, there will be various onboarding steps to take care of before the internship begins. Please be sure to monitor your emails and act quickly if you are accepted.

Contact us

If you have questions, or need more information, contact us at osc@ohsu.edu.

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