Medical Student Summer Internship

Program Description

Penn CHIPS offers a summer internship opportunity for one or two, Perelman School of Medicine first-year medical student(s). During the 6 – 8 week program, the selected candidate receives an introduction to the field of healthcare quality and safety, and participates in a quality improvement project under the direction of a fellow or faculty member. Compensation is a $3,000 stipend.

Previous interns have been able to author abstracts, present their findings at local, regional, and national quality and safety meetings, and engage in meaningful improvement work to improve health care processes and outcomes across Penn Medicine and/or the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

QI Education

PIIA ( Performance Improvement in Action) Training:
A two-day bootcamp in Quality Improvement that offers exposure to models and approaches used to tackle problems in healthcare delivery systems.

Complete the Basic Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

QI Experience

Hands-on work with HUP and/or CHOP faculty & fellows on one or more Quality Improvement projects

QI Mentorship

Clinical and non-clinical shadowing with your mentor and other hospital leaders
Weekly or biweekly meetings with your mentor
Department & System level meetings in QI and patient safety

Applications for the 2022 CHIPS Summer Internship with be accepted until January 31, 2022.  Interviews will be scheduled in February 2022 with decisions made by March 1, 2022.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and their CVs to and will be contacted for an interview.

Applicants must be a current (year one) University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine student. 

Any questions should be directed Stacey Riley at or to Dr. Jessica Hart at