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.


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


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


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 2023 CHIPS Summer Internship with be accepted until January 31, 2023.  Interviews will be scheduled in February 2023 with decisions made by March 1, 2023.

Application Requirements:
  • Applicants must be a current (year one) University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine student.
  • Letter of Interest
  • CV

Apply Here. 

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

“This summer program was the perfect mix of flexibility, opportunity, and structured mentorship. It was wonderful getting introduced to Penn Medicine’s quality infrastructure, and I can’t think of a better way to get an overview of the operations of an Academic Medical Center. Every medical student should get some training in quality improvement methodologies, and this program did an exquisite job of providing that through both didactics and through working on actual projects. I love my project’s team and will be staying on with them!” – Chip Chambers, 2021 PennCHIPS Summer Intern