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Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3) Summer Internship Program

MI3-interns

The MI3 Summer Internship Program at CHOC gives students the unique opportunity to balance scientific research and clinical rotation—invaluable experience for anyone interested in or merely exploring the health care field. The program takes place mid-June to mid-August every year.

Through the opportunities provided within the internship, students are immersed in seven emerging areas that are relevant to the future practice of pediatric medicine:

  • Genomic Medicine and Personalized Medicine
  • Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells
  • Nanomedicine
  • Robotics and Robotic Surgery
  • Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
  • Medical Devices and Mobile Technology
  • Innovations in Health Care Delivery

Program Opportunities

Within the program, interns receive a number of opportunities, including:

  • Daily meetings with more than 50 mentors from a variety of facets within health care
  • Journal and video club with mentors to explore the newest innovations and updates within the medical community
  • Weekly rotations to shadow physicians in the hospital and outpatient setting (this portion is available for ages 18+ only)
  • Engaging field trips, with past trips including visits to genome sequencing company Illumina, Inc., Scripps Translational Science Institute, UCLA and cultural visits to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Museum and the Pacific Symphony
  • Select and present a mini-topic at the monthly Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3) meetings
  • Prepare and present a research project/abstract at the next Pediatrics 2040: Trends and Innovations for the Next 25 Years and AIMed: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine conferences
  • Learn directly from the top mentors in health care, including chief executive officers, chief financial officers, chief strategy officers, public health officers, senior vice presidents, physicians, researchers, philanthropists and more. Our mentors are chosen for their passion to teach and mentor as well as their various interests and activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

The program is open to applicants in high school, college, graduate school or medical school who are already interested in or are merely exploring the possibility of a career in the health care field. Students must be at least of high school age to participate.
Applications are no longer accepted for the 2018 program. Please check back in early 2019 for the next application period.
Feb. 1: Applications accepted

March 1: Application deadline

April 1: Applicants notified of acceptance
Admission will be based on ability of applicants to demonstrate that they are responsible, motivated, have a high level of integrity and can follow procedures dictated by the hospital, especially when it comes to patient safety and privacy. All admission decisions will be made by the director or co-directors of the MI3 Summer Internship Program.
Students may choose one 6-week session:

Session 1 - For 18+ Only

May 22: Orientation

June 29: Graduation

Session 2 - For Under 18 Only

June 11: Orientation

July 2-July 16: Break

Aug. 7: Last Day

Aug. 24: Graduation

Session 3 - For 18+ Only

July 17: Orientation

Aug. 24: Graduation

*dates are tentative and subject to change
Daily Schedule (Mondays-Thursdays)

Morning clinic rounds (for ages 18+): Day typically begins between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Afternoon project development or additional shadowing: 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Clinical debrief: 3:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Mentor sessions: 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Interns are responsible for their own meals and transportation.

Internship Application

The application period for the 2018 Summer Internship Program has closed.

Stories of Our Young Innovators

CHOC's MI3 Internship Program: A Life-Changing Experience for a Teen Innovator
After participating in the MI3 Summer Internship Program, Karishma used the skills she learned to invent a medical innovation of her own.


CHOC Patient Inspired to Become CHOC Doc
As a kid visiting her cardiologist, Vanessa was more interested in watching the echocardiogram monitor than the cartoons on TV. Ten years later she signed up for the MI3 internship to learn more about the medical field.


Sisters Create Diabetes App to Help Patients Communicate with Caregivers
After living with Type I diabetes for most of their childhood, Reece and Olivia were inspired to invent a new way of communicating with their parents and physicians—using emojis.


Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us at mi3internship@choc.org.

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