SEARCH Summer Scholars

Founded in 2007 by The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, SEARCH (Summer Education and Research in Clinical Healthcare Internship) is for undergraduate students interested in a career in scientific research, medicine and allied health. During your rotation you will have a project that encompasses quality of care, education, and/or research and will be required to give a formal presentation regarding your experience.

2019 Program Dates

May 20 - July 12, 2019

Housing move in date is between May 15-16. Candidates must complete pre-employment testing on May 17, 2019.

Program Offerings

The program offers:

  • Stipend: Eight week stipend.  Applicable taxes will apply. 
  • Community Support: Establish connections within the healthcare profession and Columbus community. 
  • Mentorship & Career Guidance: Each scholar is assigned a mentor with a similar career interest. Through individual counseling and personal development workshops, scholars will be able to better prepare themselves to successfully reach their goals. 
  • Clinical Preceptorships: Scholars will build cultural competency and increase career awareness by having a variety of shadowing opportunities. Scholars will make more realistic self-evaluations of their own motivation and intentions surrounding their career choice.
  • Professional Development: Support and resources are available to achieve post-secondary academic success leading to professional careers in the healthcare field. 
  • Housing & Transportation: Nationwide Children’s Hospital will provide campus housing for scholars as needed. Campus housing is within walking distance to and from the hospital. Additionally, Nationwide Children’s Hospital will pay reasonable round- trip travel costs to the program. Interns must provide their own meals.
Qualifications (Applicants Must Meet All Criteria)
  • Currently attending an accredited U.S. university 
  • Entering junior or senior year of college in the fall of 2019.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Must demonstrate interest in medical or graduate school.
  • Plan to take the MCAT and/or GRE.
  • Pass a background check, drug screen and all standard Nationwide Children’s related requirements for employees.
Attendance and Commitment

The SEARCH Program is a full-time commitment. S.E.A.R.C.H. participants spend a minimum of 40 hours a week in their internship activities. Most of the internship occurs during the day but there are some mandatory evening programs and mixers.

Why SEARCH?

100% of Scholars ...

  • rated their rotation as an excellent educational experience
  • found their interaction with physicians and residents provided a real-life introduction to the medical field
  • found this experience to have a meaningful impact on future career direction
  • would recommend this program to others
  • stated their assigned mentor provided helpful career guidance and advice

Results based on 2018 SEARCH participants.

SEARCH Scholars Hall of Fame
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Capital University
  • Central State University
  • Kentucky State University
  • Kenyan College
  • Harvard University
  • Ohio State University
  • Spelman College
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tougaloo College
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia State University
  • Wilberforce University

Application and Deadline

A competitive program; the application process will consist of two rounds of interviews. Candidates are selected based on the merits of their application and their interview techniques. 

Application deadline is Friday, February 8, 2019.

Offers will be made by Friday, March 15, 2019. 

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to contact applicants who are not extended an offer to interview.

Interested in Applying?

Summer Education and Research in Clinical Healthcare Internship. Spring / Summer 2019

Application deadline is February 8, 2019.

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