7 High School Hospital Internships

High school hospital internships

1) Children’s Hospital Colorado- Summer Child Health Research Internship | High school hospital internships

One of the most known about of the high school hospital internships is the Children’s Hospital Colorado- Summer Child Health Research Internship. Students must be a rising senior in high school, an undergraduate student, graduate student, or a student completing the first year of medical school. Students must be available for the entire nine-week internship. Each student will be provided a stipend of $3,500 to assist with travel and housing costs.

Students will work in the lab with members of the Department of Pediatrics faculty at Children’s Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The summer program will introduce students to research opportunities related to child health. The summer internships will include opportunities for students to participate in a lecture research series as well as present their research at the completion of the summer internship. 

2) Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Biomedical Research Internship for Minority Students | High school hospital internships

The BRIMS program offers an outstanding science training opportunity for Cincinnati area graduating high school seniors and college freshmen. Participants will be paid $9.30/hr. The program is designed to involve minority students traditionally underrepresented in biomedical careers in cutting‐edge scientific research conducted in an academic medical center to stimulate their interest in pursuing biomedical research careers. 

3) Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Internship for graduating seniors 

The High School Senior Summer Internship Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is an eight-week program in which graduating high school seniors work 20 hours per week with a mentor in one of 9 pediatric clinical specialties. This internship is a paid, part-time position for Cincinnati-area graduating high school seniors only. Interns work part-time (20 hours per week) and are paid $9.30/hr.

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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.  

4) Summer Student Research Program 

There is a stipend for compensation. Eligibility: High school students in their junior or senior year, with at least one completed year in math and biology OR Undergraduate students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. 2. Students must be 16 years of age or older by June 15 of the year of that program 3. Students with backgrounds considered under-represented in the sciences (individuals from racial/ethnic groups typically underrepresented in the sciences, individuals with disabilities, first-generation college students, individuals who reside with families who are low income or otherwise considered disadvantaged.

Activities Included in the Program: 

  • Pairing with a mentor who will guide you through a clinical or basic science research project. These projects will vary greatly based on the mentor assigned to you.
  • Participate in a research program based on a structured curriculum for 9 weeks.
  • Attend weekly seminars and meetings presented by MD’s and PhD’s from UCSF or other regional healthcare systems with other CHORI summer students.
  • A weekly intra-program journal club, wherein students read and subsequently discuss a scientific paper.
  • Fun social activities curated by program leadership.
  • Present research findings at a one-day Research Symposium on the last day of the program (typically the 1st Friday in August).


5) The Seacole Scholars Program

The Seacole Scholars Program, named for pioneering nurse Mary Seacole, is a summer employment opportunity for high school students who have their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) licenses. This program is run by Rhode Island Hospital’s nursing department and operates as part of the Lifespan Summer Employment Program. Each year, Lifespan hires young people to work as CNAs for seven weeks during the summer. Accepted youth work four days a week on the nursing units and spend one day each week attending Lifespan Workforce and Youth Development training. The program is 40 hrs a week and paid. The program takes place at Rhode Island Hospital so you’d probably want to be a Rhode Island resident if you are applying.


Eligible candidates include:

  • Youth ages 16 to 19 (must be age 16 before April of the year in which summer employment will take place.)
  • Youth who possess a valid CNA license.


7) Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI)

Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) is an independent research institute and one of the largest institutes in the nation that focuses on reproductive biology, women’s health, and infant health. Our High School Summer Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to participate in basic, translational, or clinical scientific research with the goal of interesting students in biomedical research as a potential career. This is for high school students interested in learning about biomedical research who are currently in their junior or senior year of high school (ie no “rising juniors”). All applicants must have permanent/primary residence in the local southwest Pennsylvania region (Counties: Greene, Fayette, Somerset, Westmoreland, Allegheny, Washington, Beaver, Lawrence, Mercer, Butler, Armstrong, Indiana, and Cambria). Students will be paid an hourly minimum wage. Housing is not provided.


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