Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Patrick Dinh '18, Anagha Prasanna '19,  Samantha Ip '18, Galen Ogg '18

Organization Description
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was founded in 1855 as the first hospital dedicated to the care of children in the United States. Today, it is a pediatric integrated delivery system that includes an urban quaternary care hospital with over 550 beds and a network that includes over 50 sites of care. The network sees over 1.3 million visits per year. The urban hospital includes a large emergency department (>90,000 visits/year) and large neonatal, pediatric, and cardiac intensive care units. Physician faculty at CHOP have their academic appointments at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and engage in a diverse array of basic, clinical, translational, and health services research under the umbrella of CHOP’s Research Institute. The Hospital, its leadership and its faculty are also involved in a number of local, regional, national, and international initiatives related to health policy, delivery system reform, and innovation. Interns contribute to ongoing work of the institution during their summer experiences.

Internship Description
The internship will off exposure to the pediatric academic medicine from a variety of potential vantage points, including quality improvement, research, family experience, clinical care, safety, and operations. There are opportunities for exposure to medical and surgical subspecialties. Specific summer projects will align with the current activities of the mentor(s) and may include clinical research, health services or policy research related to the delivery of pediatric care, quality, and safety. A sampling of projects in which the students may get involved would be patient outcomes, healthcare workload and workforce optimization, healthcare operations and economics at the level of clinical care delivery, translational research, and health IT evaluation. A schedule of conferences and clinics can also be developed for the intern(s). The goal of the internship is to provide participants with an exposure to academic medicine that combines the daily practice of pediatrics with scientific, policy, and advocacy to improve patient care in children. CHOP is also located blocks away from the campus of the University of Pennsylvania and activities, including conferences and visiting speakers related to healthcare will be made available to the intern. Projects assigned upon arrival: Project will be assigned by the mentors based on the current interests of the intern.

Internship Qualifications
Interns applying should possess the following skills or qualities:

  • Inquisitive 
  • Good communication skills 
  • Independent worker 
  • Adaptable to new situations 
  • Interest in health-related career
  • Professional in attitude and appearance 
  • Good time management skills

Preferred skills:

  • Computer skills to support research or operational data collection, analysis and presentation (visualization)

Expected Start Time
9:00 am (could be earlier depending on experience)

Expected End Time
4:00-6:00 pm

Required Dates
June - August 2018

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement
Yes, Global Health Policy

Additional Info
Before beginning the internship, all interns must complete the following: FBI background check and fingerprinting, child abuse clearance, tuberculosis (PPD) testing, drug screening, and obtaining of Hospital photo identification. Details will be provided upon acceptance. Complete and provide documentation of CITI Human Subjects Research Educational Program - information for this on-line required training will be provided upon acceptance for research-related work. The process takes approximately 8 weeks. Failure to complete requirements in a timely fashion may result in the rescinding of an offer.

Preparation work outside of scheduled work hours will be determined depending on exact internship role selected by the student and host within CHOP.

Penn campus housing is available to students. For more information, please visit Penn summer intern housing website.

Evaluation Excerpt

I went in knowing that I was interested in pediatrics, and I am coming out of this internship being far more aware of what that profession looks like and why it appeals to me.
— Galen Ogg '18

At the beginning of the summer I set out two major goals of learning how a hospital is run and deciding whether or not I want to go to medical school and I can honestly say that this summer internship has helped me to accomplish both [...] this summer experience has been life changing.
—Patrick Dinh '18

My internship was definitely an educationally enriching experience because I had the opportunity to engage with hospital operations and learn about what it takes to implement technological tools within day-to-day patient care.
—Samantha Ip '18

My internship was filled with educationally enriching experiences both in and out of the lab. Aside from learning about the science behind my project, I gained exposure to other clinical epidemiology projects and various specialties of medicine through shadowing.
—Anagha Prasanna '19

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program