Montefiore Medical Center (3 Positions)

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Montefiore Medical Center


Bronx, New York

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Michael Hill-Oliva '19, Amy Tien '19, Imani Williams '18, Jessica Goehring '19, Anna Kapolka '18, Katie Kavanaugh '18, Julia Song '18, Justine Hamilton '17

Organization Description
Montefiore Medical Center is a fully-accredited, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in the Bronx, New York.  The Bronx is home to a culturally diverse and socioeconomically disadvantaged population of 1.4 million residents, 29% of whom live in poverty.  52% of the residents of the Bronx are of Hispanic ethnicity and 32% are of African American race, with some 32% of its residents being foreign born.  Approximately 90% of MONTEFIORE’s patients are from the Bronx.  

Established more than 100 years ago as a hospital for patients with chronic, disabling conditions, Montefiore today is a major academic and clinical center, providing the full spectrum of health care services to residents of the Bronx and surrounding areas.  Montefiore’s mission is to provide the highest quality health care, promote medical research, train new generations of medical providers and serve the needs of the Bronx community.  Guided by a vision of being a premier academic medical center providing innovative, cutting-edge medicine coupled with a social mission, Montefiore has implemented a two-prong strategy, which has enabled the medical center to grow and prosper in a difficult health care environment.

  • Montefiore has built one of the nation’s largest, most successful integrated delivery systems.  The foundation of that system is Montefiore’s extensive primary and specialty care system.
  • At the same time, the medical center has continued to build, enhance and invest in its Centers of Excellence, in cardiac, cancer, transplant, and women and children’s services. Currently, Montefiore’s integrated health care system includes:
    • 1,491 total acute care beds in four hospitals in the Bronx -- the Henry and Lucy Moses Division Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, the Jack D. Weiler Hospital, and Montefiore North Division.
    • The Montefiore Medical Group, a network of 21 primary care centers (including four federally qualified health centers), providing over 750,000 visits/year in communities throughout MONTEFIORE’s service area. 
    • The busiest Emergency Department in New York, with more than 300,000 visits per year.
    • Two specialty ambulatory care centers representing most medical and surgical specialties near Montefiore’s hospitals.
    • A home health agency providing over 500,000 short- and long-term care visits to home-bound patients. All of the above components connected by a unified, enterprise-wide clinical and business information system.
    • The largest school health program in the US.
  • Montefiore acquired Westchester Square Medical Center in March 2013, and recently acquired the Sound Shore Health System which includes the 252-bed Sound Shore Medical Center of New Rochelle, and the 196-bed Mount Vernon Hospital.  

As the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore has enormous academic depth, and is heavily involved in medical education and research.  Montefiore trains over 800 residents and fellows, and employs approximately 1,600 full-time academic faculty in all clinical specialties.  Montefiore’s biomedical research is funded by more than $25 million per year in grants.  In addition, National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $22 million over five years to support the new Einstein-Montefiore Center for Clinical and Translational Research.  With this highly coveted award, Montefiore and Einstein join an elite group of 38 academic medical centers nationwide selected by NIH to accelerate the transfer of scientific knowledge into clinical practice.  The Einstein-Montefiore Center for AIDS Research was awarded a five-year grant of more than $8.5 million by the NIH. This funding will support the center’s continued growth and renew its designation as a NIH CFAR site, one of only 20 in the nation.    

Montefiore placed among the top hospitals both regionally and nationally in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" 2013-2014 survey. Ranked nationally in Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Diabetes and Endocrinology, and Neurology and Neurosurgery, Montefiore was also recognized as "high performing" in nine additional specialties: Cancer; Ear, Nose and Throat; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Gynecology; Nephrology; Orthopedics; Pulmonology and Urology.   

The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) has been ranked among top children’s hospitals that made the rankings in at least one of the 10 specialties analyzed for the 2013-14 Best Children's Hospitals. CHAM’s continued national recognition as a premier children’s hospital highlights its high level of clinical expertise, research and family-centered patient care.  The results reflect Montefiore’s use of advanced treatments, our innovative technologies, exceptional nursing care, excellent patient outcomes, strong interdisciplinary quality and safety programs.   

Over the past decade, Montefiore has increased its inpatient volume by nearly 25%, while continuing to add new services and capabilities to its portfolio of specialty care expertise.  Montefiore’s liver transplant program and pediatric heart transplant program were both approved by the New York State Department of Health.  Montefiore has assumed a position of leadership in managed care, partnering with its medical staff to accept and manage fully-capitated risk contracts covering over 150,000 persons enrolled in its risk-bearing IPA, and cared for in Montefiore’s delivery system.  Montefiore’s investments in programs of quality improvement and health information technology have gained it regional and national recognition for its achievements in patient safety and quality, in implementing “best practices,” and in improving clinical outcomes.   

Community Service is a longstanding tradition at Montefiore and an explicit component of its mission.  The medical center’s community commitment has continued with a major expansion of basic health services in underserved neighborhoods.   

By sponsoring a Princeton intern, the organization can take on a performance improvement project that requires a full-time focused effort over a couple of months.  The project could provide valid information that will allow us to evaluate the efficiency of care for a group of patients that require immediate attention.

Internship Description

Please note that you may apply to each of the following positions with a single PICS organization selection, however you must write a separate cover letter for each position for which you would like to be considered. Include all cover letters for this organization in ONE pdf document.

Position: Housing @ Risk Team - 8 weeks
(Health Policy, Medical Services, Social Services)

Montefiore Medical Center is a large academic hospital located in The Bronx NY. The Housing at Risk program was created in 2009 as an effort to address housing instability as housing is a social determinant of Health. The housing at risk program seeks to identify unstably housed patients with high utilization and medical conditions, the team works to move the patient to more stable housing, link them to primary care and avoid unnecessary ED utilization and inpatient admissions. The team also advocates for changes in the current city policy and procedures regarding reasonable accommodations within the city shelter system. The program is highly involved in advocating and creating policy for medical respite beds in NYC.

The intern would be involved with the day to day practice of assist clients with court appointments, assisting with developing housing plans. On a macro level the intern would be involved with data analyzing and assisting to develop white papers and policy for medical respite development.

A motivated individual with compassion for vulnerable populations. Excellent writing skills, computer proficiency especially in Excel

Spanish speaking would be helpful but not a deal breaker

**Writing sample required: any previous paper

Position: The Network Performance Group
(Health Policy / Medical Services)

The intern will work in Performance Improvement projects across the Montefiore Health System 
Previous internship projects have included:

  • Evaluation of medications associated with patient falls
  • Evaluation of timeliness and quality of care for spinal cord compression patients
  • Internal review of coding procedures
  • Infection control projects
  • Operating room safety 
  • Surgical improvement 

We are looking for a motivated individual to participate in a quality improvement and patient safety project.  

In general, such projects are dynamic and multidisciplinary collaborations in a busy health care setting.  Therefore, the candidate will need to have good organization skills and yet remain flexible.  Performance improvement at Montefiore is a quantitative activity.  Some of the work involves collection and analysis of sensitive data, and therefore, attention to detail is important.  Though he/she will work under the supervision of Network Performance Group staff, the candidate must be comfortable with data and very basic statistics.  As work will involve staff from many disciplines and patients and families from different cultural backgrounds, the candidate will need to have solid communication skills, be interpersonally competent and be receptive to constructive feedback.    

The candidate will need to have fundamental computer skills, including familiarity with e-mail and the internet, and experience with the Microsoft Office Suite of programs, especially Word, Excel, and Power Point.  Experience with quality improvement, knowledge of the healthcare industry and the climate of healthcare quality and patient safety, are all desirable.  Data analytical skills would be a plus.

The Network Performance Group at Montefiore is a diverse and skilled group of people, Montefiore is a special institution, and New York City is a wonderful place.  Therefore, a key expectation is that the intern will have fun and feel a sense of accomplishment by the end of the summer!

**Writing sample required: An essay or paper from regular school work or why you want to do an internship in a hospital

Position: Strategic Planning Department Intern
(Health Policy / Medical Services)

To heal, to teach, to discover and to advance the health of the communities we serve.

Montefiore builds upon our rich history of medical innovation and community service to improve the lives of those in our care. Our mission is exemplified in our exceptional, compassionate care and dedication to improve the well-being of those we serve.

Montefiore Health System’s Strategic Planning Department is seeking an exceptional intern to support various projects, including national care redesign initiatives, shared savings programs, market strategy, asset allocation, regionalization and other strategic projects in support of Montefiore’s ten year strategic plan, regionalization plans and expansive growth. The intern will gain exposure to high level project management, market analysis, strategic planning, data dives and efforts to improve care and outcomes at a regional, integrated delivery system



  • Experience with data analysis
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly motivated, self-starter
  • Organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Proficient in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Access, Outlook, advanced Excel skills
  • Experience in healthcare is a plus

** Writing sample required: 2 page memo or short writing sample**

Expected Start Time
8:30-9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
No earlier than May 30 - no later than August 23

Internship Length
10 Weeks; The Housing at Risk Team position is 8 weeks*

Meets Certificate Requirement
Yes, Global Health Policy

Additional Info

  • Drug screening
  • Vaccinations, including PPD (titers lab report)
  • Background check
  • State/Government Picture ID AND Social Security Card/united state work authorization documents/US VISA/Passport and Current School ID 
  • Physical Exam (performed by applicants physician within one year) – Montefiore provides a specific form 

Students have to provide proof of PPD vaccination within the most recent 3 months. Otherwise, they must agree to receiving the vaccination at Montefiore.  If positive, be sure to attach written interpretation of chest x-ray from physician 

The intern must submit a medical record showing up to date immunizations to Montefiore's Office of Occupational Health or Office of Volunteer and Student Services. They must appear in person for a screening prior to the start of their internship. It may take up to 4 weeks to obtain clearance.

In the past, the interns have lived in housing provided by NYU and Columbia University in New York City, and commuted by public transportation to the Bronx. Students can look into renting apartments in the area.

** Writing sample required for Strategic Planning Dept and Health Policy Internship: See above**

Evaluation Excerpt

My alumni partner (Ralph Binder) was involved in my internship experience and I am grateful for the times that he met with me and the other interns working for Montefiore. Ralph took us to lunch and dinner so that we could meet one another and also learn more about one another’s work in the hospital. He made a great effort to ensure that we were all enjoying our internships and that we were learning a lot about the hospital role in the community. I am grateful that Ralph was my alumni partner.
—Sapna Syal '16

I got to see a side of healthcare I think very few people do - even clinical practitioners. Getting to see the problems of healthcare delivery and getting into the grit of individual projects that identify weak areas and aim to fix them, as well as how healthcare improvement works as a whole, was eye-opening and has absolutely encouraged me to learn more about this field.
—Amy Tien '19

Some strengths of Montefiore Medical Center are that it is a hospital that genuinely cares about the well-being of its patients. Many of the innovative programs they are involved in focus on upstream components of healthcare, which emphasizes how dedicated they are to ensuring that their patient population is healthy. I honestly can't think of any weaknesses. Montefiore is an extremely well-run non-profit.
—Jessica Goehring '19

A few weeks into my internship I began thinking more on a long-term project I would like to do in addition to the weekly and daily assignments I worked on.  My supervisor was very open to any ideas I brought to her – she wanted me to work on something that I found interesting...All in all, it was an enriching experience that left me inspired to delve into my thesis and my future afterwards. 
—Anna Kapolka '18

I felt that I learned a lot about the ways healthcare is evolving to emphasize value based care and patient outcomes. This is a tremendously important trend in healthcare and certainly important. Some ways I learned about social aspects were by attending a Medicare Conference hosted by the Neaw York Medical Academy that discussed these issues in detail. —Michael Hill-Oliva '20

Applications for Summer 2019 will open in November 2018. 


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