The Lancaster General Health Research Institute offers a number of learning opportunities to students interested in gaining experience in research and health care administration. The number of opportunities available varies through the year and from year-to-year. 

Types of Research

The Lancaster General Health Research Institute conducts clinical trials, observational, public health and outcomes related studies. We do not conduct bench or basic science research. Make sure to emphasize skills and experiences related to this type of research when drafting your cover letter and resume.

General Requirements

Candidates must have residency in Lancaster or surrounding areas and have vehicle transportation during the period of the fellowship, internship or volunteer experience. Vehicle transportation may not only be required for transportation to the main office, but to travel to satellite facilities. Applications will be accepted at any time during the year.

Research Fellowship

A research fellowship is designed to be a longer term research experience where individuals are looking for a “gap year” post-baccalaureate research experience prior to medical or graduate school. Fellows perform a multitude of tasks including research study conceptualization and design, data collection, data entry and statistical analysis at a depth and duration greater than a typical summer internship. The fellowship also provides opportunities to help author scholarly papers, posters and presentations. 

In addition to providing research work experience, we strongly encourage our fellows to shadow physicians in specialties of their choice. Overall, it is our goal to provide general research experiences that will provide an understanding of how research is executed in a hospital/health care setting, and provide a research foundation that will be helpful in future studies and careers.

Requirements

Education: Must have completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university with a GPA > 3.5

Majors: Pre-medicine, biological/health sciences or public health

Details

Duration: Approximately 20-40 hrs./week; 9-month minimum time duration

Time Period: Any nine (9) month time period through the course of one (1) year

Payment: May be paid or unpaid depending upon funding availability

Research Internship

A research internship is designed to be a short term research experience during the summer months or during an academic semester as a part of an independent study to meet curricular requirements. This experience may be helpful in applying for medical school.

Interns perform a multitude of tasks, including research study conceptualization and design, data collection, data entry and statistical analysis. The internship also provides opportunities to help author scholarly papers, posters and presentations. 

In addition to providing research work experience, we strongly encourage our interns to shadow physicians in specialties of their choice. Overall, it is our goal to provide general research experiences that will provide an understanding of how research is executed in a hospital/health care setting and provide a research foundation that will be helpful in future studies and careers.

Requirements

Education: Must have completed junior or senior year at an accredited college or university with a GPA >= 3.5

Majors: Pre-medicine, biological/health sciences or public health

Details

Duration: Ten (10) week minimum time period
Approximately 40 hrs./week during the summer
Approximately 20-40 hrs./week during remainder of the year

Time Period: Internship can be completed at any time through the year (the majority of internships are available during the summer).

Payment: May be paid or unpaid. If the internship is for academic credit, the internship will be unpaid.

Medical History Research Internship

The medical history internship is designed to be a short term research experience during the summer months to assist in preserving and documenting the heritage of healing arts in Lancaster County through the Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation.

Interns perform a multitude of tasks including documentation, historical research, cataloguing artifacts, writing historical abstracts, and managing the collection. In addition, we strongly encourage our interns to shadow physicians in specialties of their choice.

Requirements

Education: Must have completed sophomore, junior or senior year at an accredited college or university; no GPA minimum requirement

Majors: Pre-medicine, biological/health sciences or public health

Details

Duration: 40 hrs/week; 10 week minimum time period

Time Period: Summer

Payment: Paid internship

Research Volunteer

A research volunteer provides support for various research administrative tasks. This experience may be helpful for career development and building a resume. Volunteers perform a multitude of tasks, including data collection, data entry, organization of materials, development and editing of documents, and other general administrative tasks.

Requirements

Education: Must have completed the freshman year at an accredited college or university; no GPA minimum requirement

Majors: Pre-medicine, biological/health sciences, public health, business/healthcare administration, or other healthcare related

Details

Duration: Approximately 20-40 hrs/week; 10 week minimum time period

Time Period: Can be at any time through the year

Payment: Unpaid

Application Process

All interested candidates that meet the requirements for the desired position may apply. Please attach your resume and cover letter, in which you include previous experience relevant to the types of research listed above, medical career aspirations, and estimated starting and ending dates.

Questions? Please email lgresearch@lghealth.org.

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