Join Our Team: Clinical Trials Office

Conducting good clinical research requires a team of dedicated and compassionate healthcare professionals — physicians, research nurses, project managers, regulatory affairs specialists, study coordinators, data managers, volunteers, and interns. 

Career opportunities

All career positions are posted on the UC San Diego Job Bulletin. For more information, contact Meaghan Stirn.

Volunteer opportunities

The Clinical Trial Office (CTO) mentors volunteers who are interested in obtaining experience in a clinical research setting. Interested volunteers should expect to commit approximately 15 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months.  

Duties and experiences of a clinical research volunteer may include shadowing physicians and clinical research coordinators as they interact with patients, learning about good clinical practices, and assisting study staff to gather data for research protocols.

Undergraduate internships

CTO undergraduate interns gain valuable hands-on experience working in a clinical research setting. As a member of the team, undergraduates will be directly exposed to a laboratory setting, physician-to-patient setting, and acquire valuable experience in data research. An internship is ideal for students whose future training will focus upon medicine, pharmacy, nursing, public health, and clinical research.

Responsibilities of an undergraduate intern may include reviewing medical records, compiling data from public data sets, assisting clinical research coordinators, and assisting physicians with publications and data abstraction.

Undergraduate students should expect to commit approximately 10 to 15 hours for a minimum of two quarters or one semester. Upon completion of the internship, a presentation or publication will be required to validate your internship and provide you with recognition for the data abstracted.

Graduate internships

The CTO collaborates with the San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health through the Master’s in Public Health (MPH) field placement program. Graduate interns assist in the collection of clinical data and maintenance of research files for cancer clinical trials. As part of the academic internship, the intern will also participate in a cancer-related public health research project.

Available internship positions are posted on the Graduate School of Public Health website:

Internship opportunities may also be relevant for graduate students in other research-related fields (for example: regulatory affairs, clinical trial budget and finances, clinical research, and biomedical information systems). 

UC San Diego Student Seminar Course

In collaboration with the UC San Diego Senior Seminar Program, leading cancer researchers at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center teach a course in oncology clinical trials to undergraduate students. This course presents the current drug development paradigm in cancer therapy. Issues covered include: (1) an overview of clinical trial phases (I-III); (2) challenges specific to oncology, such as drug toxicity; (3) and working with small patient populations.

This course is hosted by Warren College and details about it are available in the current course catalog or at

For more information on our various opportunities, contact us at 858-822-5354 or