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Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Summer Research Intern Program

Clinical research professionals at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago are working tirelessly to discover innovative therapies and new cures for our patients. The robust Clinical & Translational Research Program boasts over 120 research personnel (investigators, coordinators, assistants, students, interns, and ancillary staff) throughout all divisions and departments within the hospital and at the Stanley Manne Research Institute. Our goal is to offer all pediatric patients and families the opportunity to participate in clinical trials of new or modified therapies for diverse diseases and disorders. Without research, there would be no clinical medicine!

About the Program

The Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine is seeking undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in an educational experience designed for the intern to learn more about clinical research in orthopaedics and sports medicine. Coordinated by the research staff, and under the supervision of the physician scientists, the Summer Research Intern Program is designed to provide students with an educational experience that will allow them to gain practical experience through exposure to research project(s) within the division, attendance at weekly research meetings, and participation in research seminars and trainings.

This educational experience will run June – August (with varying start/end dates for those with different academic schedules) for a minimum of 8 weeks during the Summer of 2022. The internship will be approximately 15-20 hours a week. Interns will consult with the research staff to set their program schedules in advance.

Being an intern at Lurie Children's offers vast exposure to clinical research and the world of medicine. Interns will be exposed to real life situations in the clinical research area, including being able to shadow various clinicians in clinic and likely in surgery. Please note that we are seeking candidates who have completed at least their first (freshman) year of undergraduate education by the time the internship begins.

**Deadline update: Priority will be given to those who apply by February 13th, 2022**

For more information and how to apply, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

About the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

The Division of Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine is particularly interested in advancing this exciting culture of research at Lurie Children’s. The research in this division can be divided into Orthopaedic Research and Sports Medicine Research, though some overlap may exist.

Examples of Current Orthopaedic Research

  • Fracture management
  • Simple bone cysts
  • Developmental hip dysplasia
  • Pediatric bone health
  • Foot deformity
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
  • Scoliosis

Examples of Current Sports Medicine Research

  • Concussion
  • Knee injury prevention
  • Sports specialization (e.g. soccer, basketball, and dance)
  • Apophysitis
  • Clubfoot