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The High School Senior Summer Internship Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is an 8-week program in which graduating high school seniors work 20 hours per week with a mentor in one of 15 pediatric clinical specialties. This internship is a paid, part-time position for graduating high school seniors only. The program is very competitive, offering an exciting opportunity for highly motivated students interested in pursuing higher education (MD, PhD, or MD/PhD) to learn more about careers in Medicine and Clinical Research.
View the letter inviting Cincinnati area graduating seniors to apply.
The 2014 Summer Internship Program runs from Wednesday, June 11th through Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Interns work part-time (20 hours per week), and are paid a maximum of $1,232 ($7.95/hr). Attendance on June 11th, Orientation Day, is mandatory. Please note that applicants must be graduating from a Cincinnati metropolitan area high school this school year (2014).
All Summer Interns will shadow their primary mentor on rounds and can participate in clinical or research projects (see photos from past summers below). Follow the links to mentor faculty webpages in the box on the right to help you decide which specialty and faculty mentor you would like to work with. Interns also have the option of observing in other specialties (ER, OR, NICU etc) upon request. The interns attend a weekly group luncheon every Thursday to network with their peers and interact with other specialists. There are also scheduled group activities including an afternoon hands-on training session with computerized simulated pediatric patients in an emergency scenario (see photos), a tour of the Radiology Department, and a tour of the Research MRI facility. At the end of the internship, students present a summary of their unique experiences to the group at the graduation party.
Students interested in applying for this program must submit a completed application and provide the requested support information. This is a highly competitive program. We had over 185 applications last year and the average ACT score of the students accepted into the program was 32.
In addition to excellence in academics we look for evidence of leadership potential.
Download the application.
Please note that applications must be received no later than noon, Friday, April 11, 2014. No faxes will be accepted and only complete application packets will be considered.
Follow the links to mentor faculty webpages in the Cincinnati Children's Mentors and Specialties section to help you decide which specialty and faculty mentor you would like to work with.
General PediatricsThomas DeWitt, MD, FAAP
Emergency MedicineNathan Timm, MD
Neurology, Tuberous SclerosisDavid Franz, MD
Acute Care NeurologyDouglas Rose, MD
Autism Spectrum DisordersPatty Manning-Courtney, MD
Pediatric EndocrinologySusan Rose, MD
Pediatric Surgery/TraumaRichard Falcone Jr, MD
Pediatric Surgery, GeneralJason S. Frischer MD
Pediatric Surgery/TraumaRebeccah L. Brown, MD
International Adoption/ Infectious Diseases Mary Allen Staat, MD MPH
Pulmonary/ Sleep MedicineRaouf Amin, MD
Psychiatry/Obsessive Compulsive DisordersElana Harris, MD, PhD
Neurology-ADHD, Tourette's Clinical ResearchDon Gilbert, MD
Cystic Fibrosis ResearchAnjaparavanda Naren, PhD
Clinical and Genetic Asthma ResearchMelinda Butsch Kovacic, MPH, PhD
Dr Rebeccah Brown in action with her intern, Claire Albertz. Claire graduated from Princeton HS in 2013 and is now an Engineering student at Purdue.
Madeline Gates with her mentor Dr. Jason Frischer. Maddie graduated Valedictorian from Highlands HS in 2013 and is currently a pre-Med student at Notre Dame.
Patrick McHenry did Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation research with Dr Gilbert in Neurology. He graduated 3rd in his class from Milford HS in 2013, and is currently a Biochemistry major at Miami University.
Dan Magas graduated as Valedictorian from Turpin HS and is currently attending the Ohio State University. He worked with Dr DeWitt in General Pediatrics shadowing in the PPC and several area clinics and working on a clinical research project.
Emma Headley working in Dr Bissler’s lab in the Division of Nephrology. Emma graduated from William Mason HS and is currently a Biomedical Engineering student at Case Western Reserve University.
Group luncheon series offers a chance to hear about other medical specialties. One of the luncheons includes tips on how to prepare for the medical school application process.
One of the Summer Internship group activities is hands-on training with the computerized pediatric simulators.
Ayrenne Adams intubating the pediatric simulator in the summer of 2006. This was the first year that this activity was added to the program. Ayrenne graduated Salutatorian from Summit Country Day HS and interned in General and Community Pediatrics.
Working with the simulators is a great team building activity. Everyone gets a chance to participate.
Diamond Austin interacting with children when a sibling was in a clinic at Cincinnati Children's. Diamond was the Valedictorian of Withrow University HS in 2009. She interned with Dr Rose in Clinical Endocrinology.
Rohan Soman modeling a vest used in the pulmonary clinic. Rohan graduated from Lakota West HS in 2008 and attended Johns Hopkins University. He worked on a sleep medicine research project during his internship with Dr Amin.
Rebecca Kim loading a protein gel. Rebecca graduated from Indian Hill HS and worked in Dr Bissler's lab. While most of the specialties are primarily clinical with some clinical research components, Dr Bissler offers a basic science research experience.
Rebecca Kim working on the fluorescent microscope. Full time Basic Science research opportunities are available through the SURF program.
Natalie Foertmeyer was the General Pediatrics intern in 2008 and shadowed in several clinics around the city. She graduated from Roger Bacon HS and attended Xavier University.
Wenjun (Tony) Tan shadowed Dr Falcone in Pediatric Surgery. He graduated from Walnut Hills HS in 2008 and attended the University of Cincinnati. We offer 3 different surgical specialty internships. You must be 18 years old to enter the operating room.
Dr Strauss presenting a certificate to Gabriel De Vela at the graduation party. Dr Strauss, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, is very supportive of all of the CCHMC outreach programs. Gabe graduated from Sycamore HS in 2009 and is attending Notre Dame University as a Pre-Med major.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2014 High School Senior Summer Internship Program.
To apply, submit a completed application and provide the requested support information.
Applications must be received no later than noon, Friday, April 11, 2014. No faxes will be accepted and only complete application packets will be considered.
Interested students with questions about the application process should contactKaren Steffen513-636-9281 Karen.Steffen@cchmc.org
For questions about summer programs contact Cindy Bachurski, PhDProgram Director513-636-8918Cindy.Bachurski@cchmc.org
2013 Summer interns.
Summer Internship group photo from 2012.
Summer Internship group photo from 2011.
Summer Internship group photo from 2010.
Summer Internship group from 2009.
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