Thomas Jefferson University (2 Positions)

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Thomas Jefferson University


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Sneha Iyer '20, Monica McGrath '19, Rhea Braun '19, Genevieve Medina '18

Organization Description
Thomas Jefferson is a large academic university in Philadelphia. As one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the nation, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson U. has emphasized the attainment of clinical excellence in its educational programs. It encourages the student body and faculty to commit themselves to lifelong intellectual pursuits. 

Sidney Kimmel Medical College has awarded more than 31,000 medical degrees and has more living graduates than any other medical school in the nation. The department of Emergency Medicine has had experience working with students from Princeton and other undergraduate universities. The students have served as key members of faculty sponsored research studies. The Department of Surgery has a large clinical research component, and is interested in exposing students to academic clinical research in the life sciences.

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 : Department of Emergency Medicine 
(Engineering and Design / Health Policy / Medical Services)

The JeffDESIGN program is a part of the Medicine+Design program of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. The program is part of a movement to unite design thinking and healthcare to come up with new and radical solutions to solving health problems. It applies a hands-on approach to immerse medical students in a range of design specialties--from architecture and industrial design, to user experience design and workflow optimization. Ultimately, the program seeks to transform healthcare by changing the mindset of the physician to one that is not limited by conventional methods. 
The home of the program is the Health Design Lab, a maker space dedicated to design thinking and prototyping. The program includes a full time track for medical students as well as a couple of summer projects such as JeffSolves and the JeffDesign summer internship in order to help spread a new way of problem solving to future doctors and other professionals.

The intern will be part of the JeffDesign team, and will be involved in various projects exploring the intersection of design and health. Past projects have included: 

  • Mapping healthcare environments using a tablet based GIS tool
  • Teaching digital health literacy to seniors
  • Holding community Design workshops to teach Design Thinking
  • Designing adaptive technology to help disabled patients
  • Using 3D printed models to speed up reconstructive surgeries
  • Using Bluetooth tracking technology to design smarter playgrounds

However, new projects can always be added over the course of the summer.

The JeffDESIGN team will include a couple of undergraduate students as well as a team of Sidney Kimmel Medical College students studying design. Interns may have a chance to learn how to write for publications and articles, as well as create presentations and graphics. They will also learn the design process and how to facilitate a design workshop. Students interested in technology will also be delighted with the opportunity to use the equipment in the Health Design Lab including 3D printers, sewing machines, Arduino, Oculus Rift, and other fabrication equipment.


Ability to work independently and in a team and have excellent written and oral communication skills. 

Ideal student would have a design/engineering background with an interest in healthcare/medicine. Varied skills may include:

  • Graphic design or art (Photoshop, InDesign)
  • Movie and photo editing 
  • Coding ability/ Computer literacy 
  • 3D printing experience 
  • Data visualization/ statistics
  • Any other skills that may be useful in helping design, create, and implement new healthcare technologies 

Position: Department of Surgery 
(Medical Services)
We will sponsor a student to gain experience in clinical research with the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. The student will be exposed to some clinical and academic activity through clinician shadowing and attendance at Departmental academic meetings.

A previous project involved clinical research examining postoperative vital signs as predictors of complications after pancreatic surgery. The student was the point-person in charge of entering clinical data into a database, and then performing preliminary analyses to try and identify early predictors of a poor outcome after surgery. The long-term goal of the project is to identify complications earlier, so that early intervention can improve outcomes. 


  • Ambitious 
  • Intelligent 
  • Enthusiastic 
  • An interest in science and medicine 
  • Hard working

Expected Start Time
9:00-10:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00-6:00 pm

Required Dates
June - August

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement
Yes, Global Health Policy

Additional Info
There is plenty of University housing in nearby Center City.
At times, student may be required to travel. Interns may be expected to read background material relevant to their research project outside of the the regular work schedule. 

Students must be have vaccinations and background check as per University guidelines at Jefferson. Intern will be responsible for associated costs

Evaluation Excerpt

The best part about my internship was getting exposed to all aspects of the hospital. I was doing clinical research so it was amazing to see the surgeries in action, to see the patient interaction with the doctors, to learn so much about the surgical procedure I was doing research on and about each case. This made it a lot more than a research project but a program I deeply cared about and learnt was really needed to be fixed.
—Sneha Iyer '20

When looking back over this summer, I can think of so many great experiences that it becomes difficult to single out the best. What may have made the internship so enjoyable was the fact that I was given five different projects that each involved both working in our standard office and going outside to areas throughout Philadelphia, allowing me to interact with people from all sorts of areas and backgrounds. 
—Monica McGrath '19 

My best work experience was getting to work on various different projects that required hands-on applications of my skills that I could see solid, tangible results from. Also, being able to interact with a wide variety of resources such as all the technology available at my internship. 
—Rhea Braun '19

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program