Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (Mi4) Summer Internship Program

MI3 interns giving presentation

The Mi4 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 Mi4 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 Mi4 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 (Mi4) 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. Applications for summer 2024 will open in February. Stay tuned for more details!
Feb 1: Applications open at 12AM (PST)

Feb 28: Application deadline 11:45PM (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 honors diversity and 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 Mi4 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.
The schedule for the 2024 Summer Internship Program is being finalized, and below are tentative key dates. We ask applicants to be flexible to the changing schedules of our physician leaders and fluctuating landscape of healthcare. The internship occurs daily Monday-Thursday and some Fridays and weekends for special events from June 18th – August 8th.
Feb 1 Applications Open – 12:00 AM PST
Feb 28 Application Deadline – 11:59 PM PST
Feb-April Interviews and rolling acceptance
May 1 Final notification of acceptance
June 18 – June 20 Orientation
June 24 Mentor Sessions, Field Trips, and other activities begin
July 13 & July 27 9:00-2:00PM Inten Retreat with Dr. Chang
July 31 Abstracts Due
August 7 Grand Rounds Presentations
August 8 Graduation
*Select 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. Support for low income students may be available.

2024 Mi4 Internship Application

2024 Mi4 Summer Internship Program application opens February 1.

Mi4 in the News

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