Information on our programs is provided below.
Please view the opportunities that most interest you and follow the application instructions for each.
The Western Connecticut Health Network Lyme Disease Biobank is the only hospital-based Lyme disease biobank in the nation. The mission of the Western Connecticut Health Network Lyme Disease Biobank is to foster research efforts in Lyme disease by maintaining a repository of biological samples such as blood, serum, and urine, as well as a comprehensive database of patients with Lyme disease. All research data are made available to researchers in the field in compliance with appropriate regulatory protocols, to further enhance cooperative research efforts.
Typical responsibilities include the following:
- Assisting the research team with identifying eligible participants.
- Contact eligible patients and schedule appointments.
- Conduct interviews and collect samples from participants according to the study protocol, under the direction of the research team.
- Create and organize Lyme research materials for use in Lyme disease research studies.
Qualified applicants should be enrolled in or have completed a Bachelor’s Degree program in public health, health science, clinical research, epidemiology, biostatistics or related field and be driven and self-motivated. Excellent communication skills are required as interns will interact with patients, clinical professionals, and other staff members. Experience in phlebotomy is preferred but not required. Experience using with Microsoft Excel is a plus.
A maximum of three Lyme disease Research Interns will be selected for the summer of 2019. Interns must be available to work a minimum of three days per week between May and August 2019.
Location: WCHN Research Institute
Western Connecticut Health Network conducts high-quality and timely research in many different therapeutic areas. The research intern will be responsible for contributing to various clinical and health outcomes research projects. Under the guidance ofthe research team, the intern will play an active role in projects including (but not limited to), cardiovascular, pulmonary, pediatrics, surgery and Primary Care Training Enhancement. Interns will be encouraged to attend lectures of interest available within WCHN.
Typical internship responsibilities include the following:
- Conducting literature reviews
- Collecting data through multiple electronic medical record systems; safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects
- Preparing study materials for submission to the Institutional Review Board
- Recruiting and/or interviewing study subjects
- Preparing, maintaining and updating study materials
- Assisting with data management
- Attending project meetings
Qualified applicants should be enrolled in or have completed a Bachelor’s Degree program in public health, health science, clinical research, epidemiology, biostatistics or related field and be driven and self-motivated. Experience using with Microsoft Excel is a plus.
A maximum of two Original Clinical Research Interns will be selected for the summer of 2019. Interns must be available to work a minimum of three days per week between May and August 2019.
Location: Danbury Hospital
The program emphasizes a hands on laboratory experience, where students spend a majority of their time learning research techniques, maintaining a research notebook and general laboratory upkeep. Currently the program offers experience in pipetting accuracy, bacterial growth, protein lysis and quantitation, agarose gels, electrophoresis, western blot analysis, fluorescent microscopy, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent (ELISA) assays. Based on student input and recommendations the program continues to evolve and expand in order to meet the ever changing direction of research.