Children's National Health System - Pediatric Neurosurgery

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

The Department of Neurosurgery at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC is actively involved in a number of research areas that have led to meaningful research projects for the Princeton interns in the past. We have significant experience with brain tumors, Chiari malformations, craniofacial reconstruction, epilepsy and nerve restoration. The internship will be an immersion into the academic practice of pediatric surgical care, modeling many of the day-to-day activities of an academic surgeon. The PICS intern will be assigned to a research project focused on the disease, trauma or malformation of the brain, spine or nervous system. The intern will support the Neurosurgical service by conducting literature searches, collecting, entering and analyzing data.

# 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 be/have:

  • Strong interest or experience in research
  • Good communication skills
  • Computer skills to support basic research and data management
  • Expertise in large dataset management or advanced statistical/data analysis
  • Strong academic record (highly recommended that undergraduate GPA is included in application)
  • Self-starter
  • Independent worker
  • Adaptable to new situations
  • Interest in health-related career
  • Professional in attitude and appearance
  • Good time management skills

Writing Sample

  • None

Special Requirements 

  • Background Check
  • Drug Screening
  • Vaccinations, including COVID
  • Occasional time outside regular work hours may be needed for that day's project completion.
  • 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.