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ASPIRE Internship: Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation, Meeting Program Coordinator

Posted by on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 in Announcements.

ASPIRE Internship Opportunity:

Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation
Meeting Program Coordinator

Remote Opportunity
Great Falls, Virginia


The mission of the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation is to develop medical students throughout their careers into the next generation of leaders in cardiovascular innovation, research, and medicine by providing mentored research experiences and lifelong community.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death around the world.  Heart disease is changing – evolving into a new set of lethal disorders, notably heart feature, as patients now survive the acutely lethal manifestations of heart disease.  The Sarnoff Foundation is tackling the enormous problem of heart disease by fostering, inspiring, and nurturing a new breed of physician‐investigators. 

The leaders in the Sarnoff Foundation are at the very highest levels of influence in academia and industry.  Sarnoff Fellows are making substantial contributions to cardiovascular health and research with their cutting-edge discoveries and innovative approaches to patient care.  There are no other organizations that provide a mentoring and training experience like the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation. 

The Sarnoff Foundation is seeking an intern volunteer to help in the planning of the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting that will take place in Boston on May 2-4, 2019. The 2018 Annual Meeting Proceedings can be found here (

The Annual Scientific Meeting is designed for medical students, physician-scientists in training, and biomedical scientists (clinical investigators and basic scientists).   The target audience for this program includes current and former Fellows of the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation (approximately 410), the clinical investigators and basic scientists who have participated in training these fellows (approximately 120), and interested biomedical scientists.  All Fellows and former Sarnoff Fellows are, or were, medical students selected and supported for a one-year research experience during medical school.  The Sarnoff Foundation invites very high profile speakers and our intern will have the opportunity to meet and network with a wide range of individuals from all sectors of the biomedical research and training enterprise.

Our intern will work closely with Dana Boyd, Executive Director of the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation, Patty Kehoe, the Sarnoff Foundation’s Manager of Alumni Programs and the Annual Meeting Program Committee.  He or she will assist in the planning of all aspects of the Annual Scientific Meeting.  The intern will participate on Program Committee calls, research potential speakers, help develop the meeting agenda including formating abstracts for the sessions, and help coordinate event planning and on site logistics with guidance and oversight from Sarnoff Foundation staff and the Program Committee.


  • Gain experience in organizing and planning a national meeting
  • Meet and interact with scientists and nonprofit funders whose work impacts the entire biomedical research and training community
  • Gain exposure to the professional culture in a non-profit scientific organization
  • Network with scientific foundation professionals and others in the biomedical research community
  • Be an active participant in a national scientific meeting which critically evaluates topics in cardiovascular science with emphasis on research designs, methodologies, and outcomes linking the basic sciences to clinical problems.


  • Internship will start in October 2018 and run through May 2019. 
  • Interns will also be offered the opportunity to visit the DC metro area to meet with Sarnoff Foundation members and stakeholders in the region.
  • Internship is remote, unpaid, part-time (2-4 hours per week, variable)
  • The intern will support the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation as needed and gain new skills through phone calls/ conference calls/skype calls 
  • The participating student or postdoc must be eligible for ASPIRE travel funds 
  • As part of the internship, there will be mandatory attendance at the May 2-4, 2019 meeting in Boston.  Travel expenses to attend this meeting will be paid by the Sarnoff Foundation
  • Must be US citizen or permanent resident.

Applications due by midnight, Tuesday, Sept 4, 2018

To Apply:

  • Fill out the following ASPIRE Internship Application found here: (
  • Submit a CV and cover letter to Ashley Brady at  (Please submit documents as pdfs with your last name_Sarnoff_Fa 2018  in the file name and with subject line: ASPIRE Internship:Sarnoff
  • Schedule a meeting with Ashley Brady prior to the application deadline.

Your information will then be passed along to the host will contact you directly to schedule an interview.

For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (


Please review ASPIRE Internship FAQs: Found here
​For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be a current Vanderbilt University PhD student or a current postdoctoral fellow.
  • All PhD students must have completed all coursework for their degree prior to the start of the internship.
  • Biomedical PhD students must also have passed their qualifying exams before the application deadline.
  • Students and postdocs may not participate in more than one internship at a time.  More than one application may be submitted at a single time, but only one position can be accepted. 
  • If you are not in a department supported by the BRET office, we will also require that you complete a form guaranteeing PI approval to participate in this program.  Please contact Ashley Brady at for more information.
  • If you are an international student or postdoctoral fellow, your visa status may affect your work eligibility. Please contact Ashley Brady ( to discuss this further.





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