Research Volunteer Programs

Basic science volunteers at Mount Sinai assist laboratory staff with carrying out research techniques. Clinical research volunteers assist the research staff with a variety of tasks, including data entry and collection and compiling study documents. Both are exceptional year-round opportunities for students interested in a career in medicine.

The Research Volunteer Program places a select number of applicants in basic science laboratory and clinical research positions each year.

Applications are accepted three times a year for spring, summer, and fall placements. Applicants interested in this program should reach out to ResearchVolunteers@mountsinai.org to receive details and the application in November (for spring placements), January (for summer placements), and July (for fall placements).

Basic Science Laboratory Research

Students have the opportunity to assist the professional research staff. Training and supervision is provided.

This volunteer position requires:

Basic science volunteers at Mount Sinai assist laboratory staff with carrying out research techniques. Clinical research volunteers assist the research staff with a variety of tasks, including data entry and collection and compiling study documents. Both are exceptional year-round opportunities for students interested in a career in medicine.

High School Students
Hours will vary depending on researches needs

College Students
Minimum hours: 15 hours per week for 4 consecutive months during the academic year

Minimum age: 15 for computer-based research; 16 for wet lab research
Times to Volunteer: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm; or at the discretion of the supervising researcher

Clinical Research

Clinical research volunteers assist with clinical research projects in a variety of ways, including confirming and scheduling appointments; data collection, entry, and analysis; and compiling and submitting essential documents in accordance with institutional guidelines. 16 and 17 year olds, may only assist with data entry. Training and supervision provided.

  • Minimum age: 16
  • Minimum hours: 15 hours per week for four months during the academic year
  • Times to volunteer: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

The Volunteer Department also clears applicants who have secured a research volunteer position for themselves at any point in time during the year. If you have secured a research volunteer position for yourself, please email ResearchVolunteers@mountsinai.org with the subject: “YOUR NAME—RESEARCH VOLUNTEER POSITION SECURED.” Please include in your email: 1) The name of your Principal Investigator, supervisor, or coordinator, 2) Whether the position is a basic science lab or clinical research volunteer position, and 3) Your tentative start date.