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Clinical Research Internship Study Program (Florida)

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Program overview

Program length: 10 weeks
Class size: 75 students a year
Location: Jacksonville, Florida

This internship is a 10-week summer program that gives college students an opportunity to participate in clinical research. This is a great way for you to test your inclination toward careers in medicine, health care, and science. You are placed with a physician mentor to work on a clinical research project.

Application process

The application cycle runs from Oct. 25 through Feb. 1.

Summer 2020 match

  • The summer 2020 match is for June 2, 2020, through Aug. 7, 2020
  • All students accepted into the program must be available on the first day to attend the mandatory orientation — no exceptions will be given

Note: The 2020 Clinical Research Internship Study Program has been canceled.


To be eligible for the internship, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in or a graduate of an accredited college or university
  • Have completed your freshman year of college
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be seriously considering a career in health care or clinical research

Applicants are selected based on grades, work and volunteer experiences, leadership qualities, and representation of personal qualities and skills in a personal letter.

How to apply

1. Create an account. Prior to submission of an application, you must create an account. Note the following as you create an account and begin completing an application.

  • On the Create an Account page:
    • For School of Study → select School of Health Sciences
    • For Location → select Jacksonville, FL
    • For Area of Interest → select Clinical Research Internship Study Program
    • For Start Date → Choose date
    • For Entry Term → Select term available
  • On the My Account page:                                  
    • Scroll down to Next Steps → select "Start an Application"
  • On the Online Application page:
    • Verify that the program listed is what you want
    • Click "Continue with Application Selected Above"
  • On the Application Listing page:
    • Select "Start a New Full Application"

2. Complete the online application. Once you have created an account, you will be able to continue with the online application.The sections below are located in the application. You may complete them in order or click on the section you want using the navigation menu on the left.

  • Program of interest:
    • Review populated data for accuracy
    • Complete "Reapplying and Education Completed" questions
  • Personal information:
    • Review populated data
    • Complete any other fields
    • If you didn't enter an address or phone number before, you will be required to enter it now
  • Demographic data:
    • Fill in as necessary
  • Education:
    • Add education
  • Employment:
    • Add work experience
  • Standardized testing:
    • Not required
  • Professional licensing and registration:
    • Not required
  • Essay:
    • In 500 words or less, please write about your career goals and why you would be a good candidate for the program. To assist in the match, please identify your specific research interests.
  • Signature and submit:
    • Certify and sign your application
    • Submit your application

3. Complete the recommendations and supplemental items. After submitting the application, click "Click here to upload program-specific supplemental item(s)."

  • Transcripts. Upload your transcripts in the supplemental items area. These can be official or unofficial.
  • Recommendations. Enter email addresses for recommendations under the Recommendation Requests.
    • Two professional references are required. References should be individuals who are/were an authority figure in your current/previous schooling or place of employment (i.e. supervisor, teacher). Please follow the guidelines in the online application carefully.

**If you do not complete these at the time of submission, please visit your "My Account" page and navigate to your application for a link to complete.

Please send any required materials that are not completed online directly to:

Clinical Research Internship Study Program (CRISP)
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
4500 San Pablo Road
Jacksonville, FL 32224 

Tuition and financial aid

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences does not charge tuition or fees for the internship. No stipends or financial aid are provided to participants.

You are responsible for your living accommodations and transportation.

You may hold outside employment during the program if it does not conflict with your program responsibilities.


A physician mentor directs each student's Clinical Research Internship Study Program (CRISP) learning experience for the research project. The Mayo Clinic Institutional Review Board (IRB) approves all research projects.

To successfully complete the program, you must:

  • Comply with all program and institutional policies
  • Participate in an ongoing research investigation
  • Develop skills in research methodology
  • Participate in assigned educational activities
  • Present a written summary and oral presentation of their research at the end of the program

CRISP students work on a variety of research topics. Some examples of previous projects:

  • Injury in marathon runners
  • Aortic aneurysm and smoking
  • Liver transplant in patients older than 70
  • Warfarin anticoagulation in acute intracranial hemorrhage
  • Screw placement in the spine using 3-D images

You are expected to attend our lecture series aimed at helping to develop your professionalism. You will be offered time in our Simulation Center during your internship.


You are expected to commit a minimum of 20 hours a week to be at Mayo Clinic to work on your research project.

Accreditation information

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