The Clinical Research Office’s Internship program offers healthcare focused recent college graduates the opportunity to work as a CRA on one of our clinical or project management teams.
The Interns gain valuable skills in areas such as data capture and entry, data analysis, protocol writing, quality assurance, laboratory procedures, and regulatory affairs related to clinical research. As part of this program, interns participate in a quality improvement project and analyze the data as part of a poster/abstract presentation.
Clinical Research Office Interns Fall 2023
Ariana D. Goncalves Garcia
Ariana D. Goncalves Garcia graduated in May 2022 with a Bachelor’s of Science in industrial microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez. Before becoming an intern, Ariana worked with Cryptococcus neoformans, studying its virulence factors in cell culture and murine models of infection. She was excited by the opportunity to expand her experiences beyond the biomedical laboratory into the clinical setting with the UF Health Cancer Center. Ariana enjoys working directly with research patients, as well as learning the scientific rationale behind the experimental therapeutics administered through the Clinical Trials Office. She plans to become a medical doctor and become an active contributor in the care of patients and the development of new therapies.
Aaliya Ghadafii recently completed her undergraduate studies in neuroscience and is an intern in the Adult Hematologic Malignancies Research Office. Aaliya finds immense joy in connecting with both patients and professionals, appreciating the intricate interplay between health care and research that she had not touched on previously. With aspirations to further her education, Aaliya envisions pursuing a medical degree in the near future, with the long-term goal of one day leading her own clinical research.
Audrianna Macchia graduated in May 2023 from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in biology and hopes to attend graduate school to become a genetic counselor. In her undergraduate career, she participated in research and volunteer work to strengthen her skills and serve her community. Her work in the Solid Tumor Research Office has allowed her to interact with patients, physicians and coordinators in a clinical research setting, preparing her for a future role in health care. She is excited to continue learning and growing in the field of cancer research and treatment, all while supported by a collaborative, interdisciplinary team.
Pravalika Manda graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology & cell sciences and hopes to become a physician. She conducted research in the department of neuroscience throughout undergrad and joined the Solid Tumor Research Office to gain experience in clinical research before medical school. She enjoys working in a collaborative clinical setting and has fostered great relationships with fellow patients, as well as physicians and coordinators. She continues to learn more about health care and research and cannot wait to apply these things in her future.