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This report describes the activities carried out within the scope of the curricular internship in clinical research coordination that took place through BlueClinical, in the hospitals of Pedro Hispano of the Local Health Unit in Matosinhos and Senhora da Oliveira in Guimarães, within the scope of the master’s degree in Clinical Research Management, over a period of about 8 months starting in September 2021. This internship aimed to provide the skills to perform tasks related to the clinical coordination activity and to perform these activities from the beginning to the end of a clinical trial, in a real work environment. This report also explores the state of the art of the clinical research in Portugal, with a special focus on the obstacles that hinder the evolution of research in Portugal and potential initiatives to overcome them. In addition, the future of clinical research is also analyzed as well as the possible reformulations in the way of implementing clinical trials that may result from it. The characteristics of the studies that were accompanied during the curricular internship are described, as well as the different activities that were developed in the role of clinical trial coordinator. An exploratory analysis of the potential risks in the execution of the internship and the coordination activity itself was also carried out through a risk management plan. The global assessment of the internship experience and skills acquired was positive and allowed to apply in the practice all the knowledge that was transmitted throughout the Master program. The objectives that were initially proposed were successfully achieved, which allows us to conclude that the whole experience was able to capacitate for the exercise of functions in clinical research coordination in the professional world.