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Medical Student Summer Internship

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The 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, including presentations, one-on-one sessions, and exposure to fieldwork through a design sprint.  After the design sprint, interns gain hands-on experience working on a project focused on health care delivery innovation.  Over the course of the summer 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 during their tenure. 

Who should apply?

Students at the Perelman School of Medicine between their first and second year.  Skills required include:

  • Self-motivated and able to work effectively both independently and as thoughtful contributing citizen on a team
  • Ability to generate insights from both qualitative and quantitative analyses
  • Ability to think both creatively and rigorously, leveraging a hypothesis-driven approach
  • Comfortable with a fast-paced environment that requires flexibility and adaptability in approach
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Interest in innovation science and passionate about improving the quality and efficiency of health care delivery

We are looking for passionate students who can commit 40 hours per week.


Internships run for 10-12 weeks from late May to August depending on intern availability.


This is a paid internship.

How to apply

Online applications are accepted from January to March each year.  The 2017 application period has closed.


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