PROgress Program

PROgress Program: Information for participants

How does the program work?

This Immersive, career-accelerator program is designed to get you the knowledge and skills you need to secure a job in the research sector.

The program includes accelerated training and exposure to a complete CTC experience (Human Research Ethics, Investigational Products, patient recruitment and ongoing patient management, monitoring
visits, site selection, data management, research stakeholder interactions, patient safety reporting).

Participants will develop a learning agreement with their mentor, set goals for internship outcomes, and present a Capstone project towards the end of the program. Participants will come together for peer mentoring, as well as being supported by our team at PRAXIS throughout. 

Hosts are being selected based on their ability to provide an education-centric experience. There is no guarantee of a full-time job opportunity at the completion of the program with the host site, however you will network with many people in the research sector during your experience. Participants in previous programs have secured roles in the sector on program completion. 

  • Program places are available for commencement in Q1 2024
  • Program participation is 15 weeks; 2 weeks foundation study with 13 weeks on sit.
  • Minimum requirement for on-site training 3-days per week (0.6 FTE)
  • Hosts will nominate a dedicated site mentor to oversee your on-site training and development
  • Wages will be paid to program participants in some organisations
  • Program fees are outlined in the following pages

Who should apply?

The program is aimed at health science graduates or staff who have an interest in working in the clinical trials industry. Foundation skills as a Clinical Trial Coordinator will set you up for a long and successful career in the research sector.

To be a successful Clinical Trial Coordinator you must:

  • Be an innovative thinker with strong problem-solving skills
  • Have meticulous attention to detail with the ability to multitask
  • Have strong organisational, administrative, and planning skills
  • Be able to work under pressure and react effectively and adaptably to situations
  • Be able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills

Do interns receive a wage?

Yes. Interns are to be engaged under a casual contract with wages paid. This is the best way to ensure students can actively participate in work activities (being added to delegation logs to complete study tasks, covered by site insurance). Volunteer interns are not able to actively engage in work, which is limiting to the accelerated format of the program. Interns would be on site for a minimum of 3 days per week (0.6 FTE), for 3 months.

Do I gain a permanent position once the internship has finished?

No. There is no obligation to offer the interns a role at the conclusion of the program. While it is a great opportunity to onboard a potential staff member in supported format, achievement of the program goals includes the intern being able to approach new job opportunities with some sector experience.

The site will appoint a site mentor for the intern to implement the goal-achievement framework. PRAXIS will provide the mentoring training and community of practice for the selected mentors.