Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3) Summer Internship Program

MI3 interns giving presentation

The MI3 Summer Internship Program at CHOC gives students the unique opportunity to explore the future of healthcare — invaluable experience for anyone interested in or exploring the health care field. The interns learn to problem solve and create solutions unique to hospitals. Through the opportunities provided within the internship, students are immersed in several 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 healthcare delivery

Program Opportunities

The MI3 Summer Internship Program includes:

  • Mentorship from the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Operating Officer, public health officers, senior vice presidents, physicians, nurses, researchers, philanthropists, data scientists and more. Our mentors are passionate about teaching and mentoring students to become leaders in health care in the future.
  • Participation in AI In medicine journal club with mentors to explore the newest innovations and updates within the medical community. Clinical debriefs and case studies to discuss real life hospitalizations.
  • Hands-on clinical workshops; including demos in ECMO, ultrasound, suturing, and more.
  • Weekly rotation opportunities to shadow physicians from multiple subspecialties in weekly rotations in the hospital and outpatient settings (this portion is available for ages 18+ only).
  • Educational and engaging field trips. Past MI3 field trips include: UCI Center for Neurobiology of Learning Lab, Innovation Institute, Masimo, Scripps Translational Science Institute, Alignment Healthcare, Edwards Life Sciences, OC Disaster Preparedness and cultural visits to sites such as; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Museum, the Pacific Symphony, and the Long Beach Aquarium.
  • Presentation skill building as students select and present a mini-topic at the monthly Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3) meetings
  • Public speaking practice as students will have the opportunity to prepare and present a research project/abstract for an innovation that they believe will improve healthcare delivery in one of the 7 emerging areas of medicine listed above. Interns who submit an impressive abstract will have the opportunity to present their own idea at AIMed: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine conferences in December.

Frequently Asked Questions

The program is open to applicants in high school, college, graduate school or medical school who are already interested in a career in healthcare. Students must be at least a freshman in high school to participate.
Applications are accepted through this website on a rolling basis.
Feb 1: Applications open at 12AM (PST)

Mar 1: Application deadline 12AM (PST)

April 1: Applicants notified of acceptance Please note: applications will be processed and potentially accepted on a rolling basis. The sooner you apply, the better your chances. We receive many applications and could reach our capacity before 2/29. We will begin interviewing applicants in February.
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. This program also looks for individuals who show that they are creative and can think innovatively, going above and beyond the status quo. All admission decisions will be made by the director or co-directors of the MI3 Summer Internship Program. Note: Interviews and acceptances are given on a rolling basis, therefore it is in your best interest to apply earlier rather than later.
Feb 1 Applications open 12:00 AM
Feb 29 Application Deadline – 12:00 AM
Feb and Mar Interview Process Begins
June 13 or June 14 Pre-Orientation Retreat
June 16 Over-18 Orientation and Internship Begins
June 22 Clinical Rotations Begin for Over-18s
July 20- Aug 8 Under 18’s Program
July 20 Under 18’s Orientation and Over 18/Under 18 Mixer
July 6-10 Break
July 25 or 26 Intern Retreat
August 8 Graduation- Innovation Institute
dates are subject to change
Daily Schedule (Mondays – Thursdays) Field Trips/Extra Activities (Fridays)
Morning Clinic Rounds (for ages 18+) – Approx. 7:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Afternoon Project Development or additional shadowing: 1 PM – 3:30 PM

Clinical workshops/debriefs: 3:30 PM -4:00 PM

Mentor Sessions: 4 PM – 6:00 PM

No. There is no cost to participate.
No. Interns are responsible for their own meals, housing and transportation.

MI3 Internship Application



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.