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.

2020 Program Dates

June 8 - July 31, 2020

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. Scholars 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 2020.
  • 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.


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 2019 SEARCH participants.

Meet the Mentors

Timothy Feltes

Dr. Timothy Feltes

Timothy F. Feltes, MD, FACC, is a Pediatric Cardiologist and Cardiac Intensivist in The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He holds the Andy Paxton Endowed Chair in Cardiology. He is also a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Dr. Long-Sheng Chang

Long-Sheng Chang, PhD, is a principal investigator for the Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Dr. Olivia Thomas

Olivia W. Thomas, MD, currently holds the position of Chief Diversity and Health Equity Officer at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

SEARCH Scholars Hall of Fame
  • Bethune-Cookman University
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  • Central State University
  • Kentucky State University
  • Kenyon College
  • Harvard University
  • Howard 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

Contact Us

Please contact me when the SEARCH Summer Scholars application period is open.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is an equal opportunity employer. Students who are members of a race/ethnicity underrepresented in medicine (identified by the American Association of Medicine as African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/ Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) are encouraged to apply.