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To continue the great strides toward eliminating pediatric disease, it is essential that each generation include men and women who are committed to basic and clinical research. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute provides opportunities for undergraduates and high school students to gain hands-on research experiences with the hope that it will encourage them to pursue careers in laboratory or clinical sciences.

Students interested in seeking internships or student employment at the CHOP Research Institute should review the formal summer internship programs for undergraduate studentsor create a student profile using the Internship Inquiry Form. Profiles will be sorted based on the area(s) of interest that you identify on the form and made available to CHOP investigators in basic, clinical and translational research programs. Investigators will determine the availability/need for interns in their research groups.

You may also want to browse the Hospital job search tool, as internship opportunities are sometimes listed.

Students, whether paid or not, and other individuals such as academic collaborators, research interns and work-study students, must be registered formally through the Non-traditional Research Personnel (NTP) program. Registration, begun by the sponsoring Children's Hospital investigator, includes completing occupational health and training requirements. This assures that all members of the research community receive training in pertinent aspects of the HIPAA law regarding maintenance of confidentiality in handling private medical and personal information; other aspects of human subjects protection; and orientation to the research process, environment and restrictions for which each NTP is responsible.

Summer students at the CHOP Research Institute may participate in a weekly seminar program that aims to introduce students to the research and career paths of some of CHOP’s most successful clinical and basic science researchers. The Summer Student Research Colloquium provides students with the opportunity to experience CHOP Research first hand at weekly, one-hour interactive classroom “chalk talk” format.