Children's National Health System - Emergency Medicine

Children's National is the only integrated nonprofit pediatric healthcare provider in the metro Washington, DC region. Founded in 1870, it has grown from a townhouse to a 303-bed hospital that admitted more than 14,000 patients and provided 371,000 outpatient visits last year. Families travel regionally, nationally, and internationally seeking our world-class pediatric specialty care. Likewise, Children’s National serves as the medical safety net for the children of the region. Through our seven Centers of Excellence, 37 locations, including six community-based health centers in the District, seven regional outpatient facilities in Maryland and Virginia, more than 750 affiliated pediatricians, nearly 1,000 volunteers, a Mobile Health Program with 34 locations, and the School Nurse Program in DC’s public schools, Children’s National brings health care directly into the communities of the area’s most vulnerable children and families. Last year, more than 55% of the 271,000 unique individuals receiving care at Children’s National lived in low- to moderate-income families; in response, Children’s National provided over $53 million in uncompensated care during the same interval.

Our mission is to:

  • Set the standard of excellence in care of children
  • Serve as the voice for the most vulnerable among us
  • Lead the quest to cure childhood’s most devastating diseases
  • Prepare the nation’s future leaders in child health

Our patients and their families contributed to the creation of Children’s National’s Medical Center’s child-centered vision, which looks at the hospital experience through a child’s eyes and articulates our commitment to providing the best care to children:

  • My hospital is a bright and happy place that feels like home
  • My providers, my family, and I are a team, and everyone's job is important
  • The way my hospital works is built around me
  • My providers don't all look alike
  • My hospital is my family's connection to everything I need for my health, whether they provide it or trail blaze it


Washington, DC

Internship Description

NOTE: This internship can only take place in-person. As of 12/8/21, Children's National is unable to guarantee that all in-person internships will go forward. Applicants for this position should therefore understand there is a possibility of this internship being cancelled if Children's Hospital safety protocol warrants it. 

The student will participate in the efforts by the Department of Emergency Medicine to develop a laboratory animal model to analyze the components involved with the development of asthma, a common ailment in children. The student will also have the opportunity to observe the activities in the emergency room and to participate in the asthma clinic. The department provides many educational forums to discuss individual cases and to provide lectures in acute pediatric diseases. We anticipate that the efforts by the student will result in participation as an author in a professional publication.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
10 June 6 - Aug 12 TBD  TBD Yes No In person

Housing Information

Housing can be found through George Washington University as well as sublet listings for apartments near the hospital.

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Computer skills to support basic research and data management
  • Interest in health-related career

Additional preferred qualifications:

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Writing Sample


Special Requirements 

  • Background Check
  • Drug Screening
  • Vaccinations, including COVID
  • Internships at Children's National require an onboarding process that must be completed prior to the start of the internship. Failing to complete the onboarding on time will result in internship being revoked.