Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Gender and Sexuality Development Program (GSDP)

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the oldest hospital in the United States dedicated exclusively to pediatrics, strives to be the world leader in the advancement of health care for children by integrating excellent patient care, innovative research and quality professional education into all of its programs.

Please Note: PICS intern(s) will be provided opportunities to engage in research, community events, and may be presented with opportunities for clinical shadowing if working in person. Alternative virtual clinical experiences may be provided for those working remotely.


Philadelphia, PA

Internship Description

The PICS intern will be housed at CHOP's Gender and Sexuality Development Program (GSDP). The GSDP offers psychosocial and medical support for gender variant, gender expansive and transgender youth up to age 21 and their families. The multidisciplinary team, led by Nadia Dowshen, MD, MSHP, and Linda Hawkins, PhD, MSEd, LPC, includes specialists in gender identity development from Social Work and Family Services, Adolescent Medicine, Endocrinology, and Behavioral Health. The intern will work primarily under the direction of the Research Coordinator, with additional oversight from the Co-Directors of the GSDP.

The goal of our program is to provide high-quality, comprehensive services to support youth in their gender identity development through the use of innovative research and multidisciplinary patient care. The intern will work on various research and patient-related projects, and assignments will be determined based on their skills. Some possible intern activities may include:

  • Assistance with research studies (e.g. recruitment, data collection) •Data entry for a quality improvement GSDP registry database
  • Literature reviews and reference management
  • PA Medicaid therapist and provider vetting and resource/referral list maintenance •NJ Medicaid therapist and provider vetting and resource/referral list maintenance
  • Research and clinical webinar attendance and notetaking
  • Other tasks as needed from research and clinical staff

Assistance with these tasks will provide great benefit to our program, staff, and families. Maintaining accurate, updated lists of in-network providers who are gender-affirming is crucial to connecting our families with affordable and affirming care. Research is an important component of our program, and assistance with any part of the research process will further our goals of ensuring all youth have access to affordable, life-saving care. PICS interns may also receive professional development mentorship during and after their internship such as thesis advising, resume/CV review, goal setting, etc.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10 Flexible 9:00am  5:00pm Yes No Virtual/Remote

Housing Information

Note that housing is not required for our virtual internship. If interns wish to relocate to the area: CHOP is located in university city neighborhood of Philadelphia around several universities (UPENN, Drexel, etc.). Many students seek people looking to sublet for the summer months when they return home or to another city for work so PICS interns can seek possible sublet opportunities if working on campus. 

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate have:

  • Experience working in a research, office, and/or virtual setting
  • Experience and proficiency with MS Office (Word, excel, powerpoint, etc.)
  • Ability to learn quickly, work independently as well as collaboratively as a member of the study team
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to interact with the team
  • Ability to be discreet with confidential materials and sensitive topics
  • Must be highly motivated, with strong work ethic, excellent organizational skills, and ability to pay strict attention to detail
  • Interest, knowledge, or experience working with special populations of adolescents (homeless, HIV+, LGBTQ+)

Additional or preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with survey software, reference management software, and electronic medical charts is preferred
  • Knowledge of LGBTQ+ health and particularly trans youth health as well as intersectionality and health equity frameworks is preferred

Writing Sample Required

  • Solo or coauthored paper with references

Special Requirements

  • Background Check
  • Certifications (i.e.: CPR)
  • Vaccinations