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Careers and Internships

The Center offers an exciting and fast-paced environment for motivated individuals interested in effecting systemic change across the health care industry.  Learn more about opportunities to join our team below.

Career opportunities

Project Liaison – Advanced Heart Care at Home Advanced Heart Care at Home is an Innovation Accelerator project run by Palliative Care, Cardiology, and the Center for Health Care Innovation at Penn Medicine. The goal of the project is to connect advanced heart failure patients to home palliative care early and to build a heart failure specific home care program. The project is seeking a liaison who can assist with day-to-day project management, as well as represent the program to clinicians and patients. The project liaison will be intimately involved with patient referral pilots and will discuss home care services with patients and care teams in the hospital. This role requires an individual who is self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented, personable and a strong multi-tasker. We are looking for a graduate student who has experience in health care and a demonstrated interest in palliative care and innovation work.  The right candidate will be able to commit to 20 hours per week for one year. Hours are typically between 7 am and 5 pm and are flexible.  To apply, please send resume and statement of interest to Davis Hermann at  This is a paid position.

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Summer internship opportunities

Service design summer internshipThe service design summer internship offers students an opportunity to apply design methodologies in complex clinical settings.  The internship will begin with a two-week design sprint to address a real clinical need or problem. A mentor will guide the intern through the design process and assist as needed. At the end of two weeks, the intern will present this work to stakeholders.  Following the design sprint, the intern will learn about ongoing work at the Center and select a project for the remainder of the internship. The intern is considered a co-equal member of the project team and will have the opportunity to make valuable contributions.  

Application period: January 15 - March 15 (annually) | Duration: 10-12 weeks | Time commitment: 20-40 hrs/wk | Compensation:  Paid

Medical student summer internshipThe medical student summer internship offers students at the Perelman School of Medicine a unique opportunity between their first and second year.   The internship begins with a crash course in innovation methods.  The crash course is an intensive, exciting week of presentations, one-on-one sessions, and fieldwork experience through a design sprint.  After the design sprint, interns gain hands-on experience working on a project focused on health care delivery innovation.  Interns become an integral part of a multidisciplinary team that includes important stakeholders from across the health system.  In most cases, interns get the opportunity to work in all four phases of the double-diamond over the course of the summer.  

Application period: January 15 - March 15 (annually) | Duration: 10-12 weeks | Time commitment: 40 hrs/wk | Compensation: Paid

Innovation management internship: The Center for Health Care Innovation is dedicated to facilitating the development, testing, and implementation of new strategies that improve patient outcomes and care value. The innovation management intern will have the opportunity to work on projects focused on connecting with patients outside of traditional venues; improving the health and health care of our employee population; reducing the cost of health care while maintaining and improving outcomes; and enabling a culture of innovation at Penn Medicine. Motivated and entrepreneurial individuals hoping to drive systemic change at Penn Medicine and across the health care industry should apply.

Application period: January 15 - March 15 (annually) | Duration: 10-12 weeks | Time commitment: 40 hrs/wk | Compensation: Paid

Nudge Unit summer internship – The Penn Medicine Nudge Unit is looking for passionate students interested in clinical research to serve as summer interns.  Interns will gain hands-on experience and receive direct mentorship from Nudge Unit staff.  Students from a variety of educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

Application period: February 1 - March 15 (annually) | Duration: 10-12 weeks | Time commitment: 40 hrs/wk | Compensation: Paid 

Fellowship opportunities

Innovation technology fellowshipThe innovation technology fellowship offers students the opportunity to enable and manage programs that improve health care delivery and public health through the use of technology.  Students get hands-on experience incorporating innovation methods and design thinking into interventions to make a meaningful impact on clinical outcomes.  The year-long experience can be tailored to the fellow’s interests, which may include:

  • Working with clinical teams to understand needs and goals, and designing pilots using a QI and innovation framework
  • Managing projects developing, testing and implementing novel technology solutions in health care settings (Such as directing the mHealth Labs program)
  • Gaining UX design or software skills - such as user research and usability testing, front-end web-design, database querying

Application period: January 15 - March 15 (annually) | Duration: 1 year | Time commitment: 35 hrs/wk | Compensation: Paid 

Other internship opportunities

Accelerator internshipThe accelerator internship connects students with teams participating in the Innovation Accelerator Program each fall.  Interns gain hands-on experience and receive direct mentorship from center staff and project teams working to solve some of health cares' biggest problems.  Students from a variety of educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply including medical and nursing students, MBAs, engineering students, design students and more. 

Application period: July - October (annually) | Duration: October – April | Time commitment: 10-15 hrs/wk | Compensation: Paid



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Careers and Internships

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