Program Description & Goals
The Russell Institute for Research & Innovation Summer Internship is a non-credit, eight-week structured research experience sponsored by Rosalind Franklin University. The program provides exposure to clinical and investigator-initiated research, including learning about the design of clinical research, study conduct, and patient interactions. The internship program also offers educational sessions in the areas of research design and methodology, basic science research, benefits of research to patients and investigators, and the importance of evidence-based medicine.
Each intern will be working with a research mentor with expertise and interests matched, as closely as possible, to the intern's research interests. Students will either assist their mentor in an ongoing research project or work collaboratively with this mentor in designing a new project of mutual interest.
The internship will follow a rotation format in order to provide a well rounded experience in all areas of research. Each intern will spend time working with an investigator and if time permits, with a research coordinator. In addition, interns will be given the opportunity to attend grand rounds, journal clubs, and research presentations taking place at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.