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 merely exploring the healthcare field.

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:

  • Learn directly from more than 100 of 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.
  • 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
  • Interns are expected to prepare and present a research project/abstract at the next Pediatrics 2040: Trends and Innovations for the Next 25 Years and/or AIMed: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine conferences

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 accepted through this website.
Feb. 1: Applications open

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.
June 10: MI3 Monthly Meeting (optional)
June 18: Intern Orientation for All Age Groups
June 19: Internship Begins for Ages 18 and Over
June 22: Retreat
July 1-5: Break (optional shadowing may be available)
July 8: Internship Begins for Ages Under 18; Ages 18 and Over Present at MI3 Meeting
July 20: Retreat
July 27: Retreat
Aug. 12: Ages Under 18 Present at MI3 Meeting
Aug. 16: Graduation
Aug. 18-20: Peds2040 Conference (volunteer opportunities and abstract presentations)
dates are 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.

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

MI3 Internship Application

The application period for 2019 has ended.

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.

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