SEARCH Summer Scholars


Founded by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Heart Center, S.E.A.R.C.H. (Summer Education and Research in Clinical Healthcare Internship) is for undergraduate students who are interested in exploring a career in scientific research and medicine. We encourage MD and PhD–oriented candidates to apply. During your rotation you will have a project that encompasses quality of care, education, and/or research.

The program offers:

  • Stipend – Six week stipend for biomedically related research and patient care exposure in a reserch or clinical setting.
  • Seminars – interns attend medical education seminars alongside their staff mentor.
  • Physician shadowing – program participants are given an opportunity to accompany Nationwide Children’s Hospital physicians for limited clinical experiences. This experience provides participants an opportunity to talk about medicine and observe patients.
  • Mentors – each student is assigned a mentor whose advice helps problem-solve and arrive at plans of action. Mentors can be a sounding board for ideas and will let the student know if they are able to write a letter of recommendation.


Applicants must meet all criteria:

  • Currently attending a U.S. university and returning to the college/university to complete their undergraduate degree.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2.
  • Plan to take the MCAT and/or GRE.
  • Must demonstrate interest in medical or graduate school.
  • Preferred candidates should be minimally entering their sophomore year of college in the fall.
  • Pass a background check, drug screen and all standard NCH related requirements for employees.
  • Previous research experience is not required.
  • Applicants who graduate before or during the program are not eligible.

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.


2018 Program Dates

June 4 – July 13, 2018

Housing move in date is between May 29 - June 1. Candidates must arrive on May 28 to complete pre-employment testing.

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.


Each scholar will:

  • Attend the program daily as directed by their mentor.
  • Fully participate in all aspects of the S.E.A.R.C.H. Program. Each scholar will be expected to attend activities identified by their mentor and centralized S.E.A.R.C.H. activities.
  • Participate in a research, quality improvement or education project.
  • Give a formal presentation from their clinical and or research experience.
  • Maintain communication with NCH post-program about their education and career trajectory
  • Follow all policies and procedures of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


SEARCH has a formal application process. It can be downloaded here, or obtained through the Human Resources Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at (614) 355-4146. A competitive process, applications are reviewed by a panel of hospital personnel. Candidates are selected based on the merits of their application, essay, transcript, resume, course completion and references.


Applications must be received in full by Friday, January 26, 2018.

Mail application to:

SEARCH Program,
Nationwide Children’s Hospital,
Human Resources Department,
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205.


SEARCH Interns receive a stipend. Applicable taxes apply.


Nationwide Children’s Hospital will provide campus housing for interns as needed. Housing residents are expected to follow house rules while living in campus housing. Campus housing is within walking distance to and from the hospital.


Interns are responsible for supplying their own meals.


Nationwide Children’s Hospital will pay reasonable round-trip travel costs to the program. All other travel costs are the responsibility of the intern.

Health Insurance

All selected applicants are required to show proof of health insurance prior to beginning their summer experience. Additional information including medical records, child immunization records, HIPPA training and confidentiality agreements are also required.

For More Information

Call Nationwide Children’s Hospital Education Department at (614) 355-0662.