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Pathway For Exploration in Research Careers (PERC)

Program Overview

Seeking Applications

*for the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) clinical research internship program.

Clinical research involves human volunteers participating in research studies (trials) that are intended to add to medical knowledge and answer questions about human health. This fulltime paid internship opportunity provides on-the-job training for those interested in pursuing a career in clinical research. Our program consists of both in-classroom learning and a wide variety of hands-on training in various clinical research scenarios. Interns who complete this program will be able to pursue fulltime careers in clinical research at the University of Utah (UofU). 

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position. Expected hours of availability: 9am-5pm, M-F

On-site position (no remote available). 

Why Apply?

Trained clinical research professionals are in high demand. As many as 70% of surveyed departments at the UofU have at least one job opening for a trained clinical research staff member. Additionally, there is a strong need for diverse staff from varied backgrounds to promote equitable participation and representation in clinical research. Upon completion of this program, interns will be well-qualified to begin a career in clinical research at the University of Utah.


The curriculum is designed for those with no clinical research experience. Upon completion of the program, interns will have enough training & experience to qualify for entry-level clinical research positions at the UofU. Subjects include:

  • research ethics
  • federal research guidelines
  • the process of obtaining informed consent
  • data collection
  • biological sample collection & processing
  • data entry
  • understanding research protocols
  • learning how to read medical charts
  • hands-on research experience

Along with exceptional training, interns will have the unique opportunity to work closely with an experienced clinical research manager who will provide career mentorship throughout the duration of the program.


This is a fulltime position providing on-the-job training at $15.50/hr. As a fulltime employee, you are entitled to the UofU benefits package which includes paid time off, health insurance, retirement contributions, and some childcare benefits. Please visit the UofU benefits website to learn more.


Training will begin in 2023 and will continue for 12 months.

Who Should Apply?

Those interested in a career in science, contributing to medical knowledge, and helping patients. Interested candidates who have a high school diploma or GED and 1 year of professional work experience. Individuals meeting the federal definition underrepresented in science are strongly encourage to apply.

Minimum Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED
  • 1 year of previous work experience
  • Basic Microsoft Office Suite proficiency
  • Ability to be physically on-site for job/training duties


  • Email a copy of your resume to program lead, Ainsley Snow (see below)
  • Qualified candidates will be asked to complete a brief evaluation & screening interview on campus
  • Candidates that pass the evaluation & screening interview will move on to a final group interview


Email your resume to

Live Webinars

To learn more about this program, please join us for any of our live, 30-minute webinars on:

February 27th at 8am & 12pm

March 1st at 6:30pm

Link to webinar

Passcode: 905973


Contact Us

Ainsley Snow
Clinical Research Manager