Research Intern


The Research Associate (RA) Internship is an innovative volunteer program for enthusiastic and inspired college and post-baccalaureate students. Created by various Clinical Research Personnel at the Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI), the RA Internship allows students an opportunity to experience and observe many different aspects of clinical research. The program is comprised of clinical research shifts based at the Dean McGee Eye Institute during prime hours (which are 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday-Friday). It offers the committed student a unique experience, which is intended to furnish a wealth of knowledge about the numerous options for a career in healthcare.

This 4-6 month unpaid research internship will expose participants to a diverse spectrum of clinical and non-clinical based research investigations being pursued at the Dean McGee Eye Institute. Students will be allocated to engage in various research projects under the mentorship of the Principal Investigator (PI)/Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) or Project/Coordinator Manager to support long term research.

This experience will allow the student to develop basic research skills. The student will be provided with a basic research course, oriented to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and other Human Subjects courses, exposed to new and innovative research to fulfill and help meet the respective project's deliverables.

RA Internship participants will work within the Dean McGee Eye Institute setting to support data collection, data entry, organizing paperwork, and helping to create and maintain databases. From a clinical perspective, RAs may have the opportunity to observe and assist DMEI/OU physicians with the care of clinical research participants.

Requirements of Internship

The RA Internship requires a serious commitment on the part of the student. We accept applications year-round, but only accept students into the program for fall, spring, and summer sessions. RA interns can expect to work a minimum of two, four-hour shifts per week, or one, eight-hour session from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. RA interns cannot work more than 40 hours in a given week.

Application Process

The application process for the Research Internship is now open. Positions are offered on a rolling basis, but applications will not be reviewed unless they are complete (including both letters of recommendation).

We invite applications from mature, committed, and motivated students who fully accept the demands of the RA Internship and have a willingness to participate enthusiastically in all aspects of the program. We encourage applications not only from students with a strong interest in healthcare (aspiring doctors, nurses, nurse-practitioners, physician assistants, clinical psychologists/psychiatrists, and clinical social workers), but also from students who are uncertain about pursuing a career in healthcare.

Requirements to apply:

  • You do not have to be currently enrolled in school to be eligible, however you must have completed at least 45 hours of undergraduate work in order to be eligible· You must have a cumulative grade-point-average (GPA) of 3.0.
  • Completed Research Associate Internship Application (found below), which can be saved and then uploaded through our website (link found below)

  • Copy of your undergraduate transcript, which can be uploaded through our website (link found below)

  • Two letters of recommendation are required in order for your application to be reviewed. Letters of Recommendation must be written by a nonrelative, and contain contact information. Letters can be uploaded through our website (link found below) or can be mailed to:

    Ashley Ellis, RN, BSN
    Manager of Clinical Trials
    Dean McGee Eye Institute
    608 Stanton L. Young Blvd. #326 A
    Oklahoma City, OK 73104

    Or they can be emailed to

Please Complete The Application


Ashley Ellis, RN, BSN

Manager of Clinical Trials
Dean McGee Eye Institute
608 Stanton L. Young Blvd. #326
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) 271-6307, option 2
Pager (405) 559-4466
Fax: (405) 271-3347


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