Undergraduate Internship

Translational Research Internship for Hartwick Undergraduates

The translational research internship is designed for undergraduate students interested in pursuing research or health-related careers and seeking to improve their skills by immersing in a remote translational research project coordinated by a member of the Hartwick TBRM Graduate Program faculty.

Translational research is a field of exceptional opportunity that influences all the aspects of health innovation, from a new product safety assessment to its post-marketing surveillance. Hartwick College has partnered with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals to grow the clinical research workforce and to set and support the standards for workforce competence. The focus of this 30+ organizations partnership is to drive a strategic direction for the clinical research workforce for the overall benefit of global heath.

In this pursuit, the TBRM Graduate Program faculty are vested not only in the education of future translational managers but also in coaching and mentoring undergraduate students interested to understand more about the field of clinical and translational research.

“Closing the gap between biomedical discovery and health care delivery is both a complex challenge and an absolute necessity”

The National Institutes of Health

Program interns describe their real world experiences, learning the research process, and working with Hartwick TBRM Program faculty.

Ankita Bal ’22, Biochemistry Major
Project: Inactive ingredient frequency analysis and toxicology review among FDA-approved metformin products

Shanria Jolly ’22, Biochemistry Major
Project: Pravastatin in patients with diabetes mellitus and solid tumors – are all statins created equal?

Internship Opportunities are Available

  • Summer: 4 to 8 credits, depending on the available project and student interest.
  • Fall Semester: 2 to 4 credits, depending on the available project and student interest.
  • January Term: 2 to 4 credits, depending on the available project and student interest.
  • Spring Term: 2 to 4 credits, depending on the available project and student interest.

Translational research internship is a remote learning experience that is offered fully on-line.

In order to make the most of this learning experience, students are strongly encouraged to ensure they have the following: reliable broadband internet connection (cable, DSL, or fiber optic recommended – additional data charges may apply); Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge browser; Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.13 or later operating system; headset with mic; webcam; Adobe Acrobat Reader; Microsoft Office suite.

Interested students may apply for more than one internship with the approval of the Department Chair and Graduate Program Director.

Internship Learning Outcomes

Depending on the number of credits (2-8), an internship experience may include the following learning outcomes:

Career coaching

  • Introduction to the fundamentals of professionalism
  • Resume & LinkedIn profile review and/or development
  • Mock interview for job or graduate school application
Research ethics

  • Recognize identified vs. non-identified clinical studies
  • Research involving human subjects or personal information
  • CITI certification
  • Contribute to an IRB protocol (drafting or amendment) 
Scientific background investigation

  • Understand the study rationale 
  • Literature searching and critical reference identification 
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of a published paper 
  • Identify the relevant information for the assigned topic 
  • Brief and unbiased presentation of published evidence 
  • Formal presentation planning and development; public speech


Data analysis 

  • Understand data format and data collection 
  • Develop a data collection form 
  • Discuss project planning with the study chair / principal investigator and/or statistician 
  • Format database for analysis 
  • Understand the type of data analysis used 
  • Interpret project results 
Scientific writing 

  • Brief topic report (1-2 single spaced pages, 10 refs) 
  • Paper background write-up (3-4 single spaced pages, 20 refs) 
  • Prepare figures / tables for final abstract or manuscript 
  • Formal write-up of project results 
  • Identify findings strengths and weaknesses 
Dissemination of project findings 

  • Follow conference or journal requirements 
  • Help identify relevant conference or journal venue 

Intern Responsibilities

1. Submit application by the specified deadline

2. Ensure time availability for the project requirements

Credit Hours 2 CR 3 CR 4 CR 6 CR 8 CR
Work Hours 80 hours 120 hours 160 hours 240 hours 320 hours

3. Ensure consistent communication with supervisor and any team members involved

4. Participate on time in all meetings

5. Maintain confidentiality of the study topic, data, and any subjects involved

6. Complete all assignments on time according to the specified requirements for the type of internship

7. Mid-term evaluation assignments

  • Fulfill half of all applicable internship learning outcomes with a minimum grade of 75%.

8. Final evaluation assignments

  • Fulfill all applicable internship learning outcomes with a minimum grade of 75%.

How to Apply

Send resume and cover letter to Dr. Alice C. Ceacareanu at ceacareanua@hartwick.edu.

In your cover letter, describe why a translational research internship will make you more competitive for a future job or graduate school application

Submission deadlines:

Internship Term Aug – Dec  J Term Feb – May Summer
Application Deadline Jun 15 Nov 15 Dec 15 May 15

Still have questions?

Contact us at TBRM@hartwick.edu or 607-431-4404.