• High School Senior Summer Internship Program

    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.

    Important Details

    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.

    The application for the 2014 High School Senior Summer Internship Program is now closed.

    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 Pediatrics
    Thomas DeWitt, MD, FAAP

    Emergency Medicine
    Nathan Timm, MD

    Neurology, Tuberous Sclerosis
    David Franz, MD

    Acute Care Neurology
    Douglas Rose, MD

    Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Patty Manning-Courtney, MD

    Pediatric Endocrinology
    Susan Rose, MD

    Pediatric Surgery/Trauma
    Richard Falcone Jr, MD

    Pediatric Surgery, General
    Jason S. Frischer MD

    Pediatric Surgery/Trauma
    Rebeccah L. Brown, MD

    International Adoption/ Infectious Diseases
    Mary Allen Staat, MD MPH

    Pulmonary/ Sleep Medicine
    Raouf Amin, MD

    Psychiatry/Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
    Elana Harris, MD, PhD

    Neurology-ADHD, Tourette's Clinical Research
    Don Gilbert, MD

    Cystic Fibrosis Research
    Anjaparavanda Naren, PhD

    Clinical and Genetic Asthma Research
    Melinda 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.
    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.

    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.
    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.

    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.
    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.

    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
    Dan Magas

    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
    Emma Headley

    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.
    group luncheon.

    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.

    simulator training.
    simulator training.

    One of the Summer Internship group activities is hands-on training with the computerized pediatric simulators.

    Ayrenne intubating a pediatric simulator.
    Ayrenne intubating a pediatric simulator.

    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.

    simulator training.
    simulator training.

    Working with the simulators is a great team building activity. Everyone gets a chance to participate.

    Diamond Austin and kids.
    Diamond Austin and kids.

    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.

    vest in pulm med.
    vest in pulm med.

    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 loading a gel.
    Rebecca loading a gel.

    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.

    fluorescent microsocpy.
    fluorescent microsocpy.

    Rebecca Kim working on the fluorescent microscope. Full time Basic Science research opportunities are available through the SURF program.

    Natalie and mentor.
    Natalie and mentor.

    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 and Dr Falcone.
    Wenjun and Dr Falcone.

    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.

    Gabe Revello.
    Gabe Revello.

    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.

  • Application Closed

    Young reserachers.

    We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014 High School Senior Summer Internship Program.

    For information about the 2015 High School Senior Summer Internship Program, please check back in early 2015.

  • Contact Us

    Interested students with questions about the application process should contact
    Karen Steffen
    513-636-9281
    Karen.Steffen@cchmc.org

    For questions about summer programs contact
    Cindy Bachurski, PhD
    Program Director
    513-636-8918
    Cindy.Bachurski@cchmc.org

  • 2013 student interns.

    2013 Summer interns.

  • Summer Internship group photo from 2012.

    Summer Internship group photo from 2012.

  • 2011 interns.

    Summer Internship group photo from 2011.

  • 2010 interns.

    Summer Internship group photo from 2010.

  • high school senior-visual1-450- 2009 interns

    Summer Internship group from 2009.