Children's National Health System - Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Innovation

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

Position: Image Analysis Tools (Dr. Marius Linguraru)

The PICS intern will work closely with a team of pediatric scientists, radiologists and surgeons in the Bioengineering Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System to help design, develop and validate quantitate image analysis tools to define accurate and reproducible measures of pediatric diseases. Sample projects include the quantitative characterization of hydronephrosis severity in ultrasound imaging, the computer-aided assessment of small bowel motility and structure from dynamic magnetic resonance imaging of Crohn’s diseases, and the automated facial analysis from photography of patients with genetic disorders. Projects will be matched based on their stage of development and the fellow’s skills to maximize the outcome and impact of the internship. Participating in these projects, the fellow will be exposed to state-of-the-art computer-aided diagnosis and intervention. As in previous years, we anticipate offering co- authorship of an abstract or paper to successful interns.

The intern will work closely with Dr. Marius George Linguraru, DPhil who will be his/her primary mentor. The intern will also be integrated into the Institute’s Summer Student Innovators program, consisting of college and graduate students from various disciplines. As part of that group, the intern will learn about the theory and practice of biomedical innovation and attend state-of-the-art clinical procedures (such as robotic-assisted minimally-invasive interventions). The student will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of the Children’s Health System in Washington, D.C. to include observation in the operating room, observation of the children in clinic, patient rounds with the medical staff and professional lectures throughout the summer. The Sheikh Zayed Institute is unique in the world, and this internship represents an exciting opportunity to experience cutting-edge technology development in a collaborative multi-disciplinary environment.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
10 June 6 - Aug 12 9:00am 5-6:00pm 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 skilled in:

  • Programming
  • Mathematics
  • Research

Additional desired skills in:

  • Image analysis
  • Statistics

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.