Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - HIV-Related Topics

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

Project(s) will be determined based on intern's skills, but prior projects focused on the development of clinical, behavioral, policy and community-engaged research. Through research, the team strives to better understand and improve the health of adolescents living with HIV/AIDS and other marginalized youth including LGBT and homeless adolescents as well as utilization of health technology. Other areas include global health, mental health, sexual/reproductive.

Prior PICS interns completed qualitative study of HIV-related tweets by males to determine prominence of negative endorsements and themes as well as development, usability, and piloting of an app to help youth living with HIV in their transition from pediatric to adult care. Interns learned how to do medical chart abstractions, qualitative coding, conduct literature reviews, assisted with focus groups, gained cultural competency with our patient populations, and more. Past PICS interns received 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

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. Opportunities for remote internships are also available which would not require housing.

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience working in a research, office, and/or virtual setting experience and proficiency with MS Office (Word, excel, powerpoint, etc.)
  • High professionalism, punctual, and detail-oriented
  • Interest, knowledge, or experience working with special populations of adolescents (homeless, HIV+, LGBTQ+)
  • Knowledge of sexually transmitted infections/diseases, mental health, or global health a plus, but not required

Writing Sample Required

Yes. Solo or coauthored with references (bibliography).

Special Requirements

  • Background Check
  • Citizenship Requirements
  • Drug Screening
  • Vaccinations