Apply today for the Essentia Health Summer Research Intern Program in Duluth, Minnesota, and give yourself an educational advantage that will last the rest of your career.


To qualify for the Essentia Health Summer Research Intern Program you must have familiarity with the clinical research process and principles of research design. In addition, required qualifications include:

  • Ability to adapt and adjust to changing work plans and environments
  • Experience working both independently and collaboratively in a team setting
  • Experience working in communities with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Comfortable using basic computer and camera technology
  • Has access to reliable transportation

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Pursuing and or completion of a Bachelor’s degree with a major in health sciences or pre-medical focus and interest in applying to medical school.
  • Current medical student (completed MS1 at time of internship)
  • Good interpersonal skills, task-oriented and able to maintain high degrees of confidentiality. Demonstrated proficiency with data entry for large, detailed projects in an analytical field required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint; previous experience with electronic patient care records and electronic clinical databases preferred

Essential Duties and Functions

  • Assist principal investigator with recruitment and retention of all study participants
  • Assist with the organization of patient visits, including screenings and obtaining consent
  • Collects, evaluates and interprets research data to provide information to principal investigators
  • May work with research participants including managing participant and lab schedules
  • May work with participants on testing as required by the protocol
  • Accurate and timely data entry and documentation
  • Performs data entry on databases as needed
  • Assist with patient correspondence throughout each study
  • Maintains clean laboratory and/or work area to ensure safe and efficient work environment
  • Orders laboratory and other supplies as directed by the investigator
  • May coordinate the work of others as needed
  • Stays abreast of IRB and other regulatory requirements
  • Maintains records of the clinical study
  • Communicate regularly to the principal investigator regarding progress and report any difficulties in meeting project deadlines
  • Incorporate feedback on editorial or data-related matters in a timely fashion
  • Ensures that all work products are of high quality and are completed on time

How to Apply

To submit your application, email the following items to: Peggy Carlson at

Submission Deadline

Submit your application by March 31.

Contact Us

For questions about submitting the application, contact Peggy Carlson at 218-786-3658 or email

For questions regarding the internship experience, contact Katie Benziger, MD at

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