Summer Research Internship Program

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare offers students the opportunity to test their inclinations toward clinical research and careers in medicine. Interns will learn about research processes within a clinical setting that specializes in providing care for children and adults with childhood onset disabilities and complex conditions.

Although the program is unpaid, students learn about research through mentored research projects, weekly research seminars and a final presentation. Research projects are tailored to meet the career interests of the student to the best of our ability. Other clinical experiences will be made available (e.g. observing surgeries, shadowing in clinic, etc.). Please inquire for examples of previous research projects.

  • Interns must be 18 or older.
  • Interns are preferably undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in gaining research experience and clinical exposure.
  • Whenever possible, students are paired with mentors based on shared interests. If students desire to work with a specific mentor, this should be stated in the personal statement of interest.

Interns are expected to:

  • Pass an initial background check
  • Complete all required trainings for research
  • Commit their time for at least 8 weeks; however, weekly hours are flexible
  • Attend summer research internship orientation
  • Meet with mentors weekly and attend weekly program seminars
  • Present their research project findings to peers and mentors
  • Complete program evaluation measures

Application Instructions

The application period is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications for 2015. Please email or call Meghan at 651-229-1757 with questions regarding the program or the application.

  1. Summer Research Internship Program application (PDF)
  2. Resume
  3. Statement of interest (up to 2 pages) which:
  • Describes your interest in the program
  • Describes why you would be a good candidate
  • Describes any relevant research experience you have, if any
  • Identifies a mentor you would like to work with and why (optional)

Required Training

To ensure that all research conducted at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare meets the standards for Human Subjects Protection, all personnel conducting research at Gillette must complete training pertaining to the following areas. If you have issues accessing any of the training information below, please email Laura Lange or call her at 651-229-1745.

  • Human Subjects’ Protection: The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online tutorial hosted by the University of Miami Medical School Server. This must be renewed per IRB requirements, which vary from IRB to IRB.
  • Privacy: Annual HIPAA training at Gillette or proof of training at your primary institution.
  • Conflict of Interest: FCOI online training module or proof of FCOI training at your primary institution. Training must be renewed every four years.
  • Conducting Research: Any other training required by a granting or sponsoring agency.

Research Forms and Policies