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.

2023 Program Dates

June 12 - July 21, 2023

Program Offerings

The program offers:

  • Stipend: Six 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 will be provided with a stipend for 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 2023.
  • 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.
  • COVID-19 vaccination required.
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. Dominique Williams

Dominique R. Williams, MD, is a physician in the Section of Primary Care Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

SEARCH Scholars Hall of Fame
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  • Spelman College
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  • 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.