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CAMP Exceptional Student Program

The Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics (CAMP) is seeking undergraduate/medical students who are interested in learning more about clinical research and autonomic medicine. The internship program is coordinated by the research staff at the Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics under the direction of Debra Weese-Mayer, MD, and is designed to give students broad exposure to a clinical and research environment. Although the program is unpaid, it offers students a chance to learn more about clinical and research activities.

Interns will devote 40 hours per week to ongoing CAMP studies, research team meetings, research program seminars and educational seminars through June-August 2021. Students are encouraged to continue working part-time during the school year, as their academic schedule allows. Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic students may be asked to work remotely and/or have limited in-person clinical access. We will be following guidelines set by the Chicago Department of Public Health and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021CAMP Exceptional Student Program. Please check this page, in late 2021, for updates on our 2022 application process. Thank you!

For more information about the Exceptional Student Program, please see the Frequently Asked Questions. If your question is not addressed below, please contact CAMPResearch@LurieChildrens.org or 312.227.3300.

Frequently Asked Questions

The application only includes your resume and cover letter. Your resume and cover letter should include details about your academic coursework, research experience, volunteer and/or work experience, future goals and your specific interests in our program. The selection process may include a half-hour phone interview with a member of the research team. Final decisions on applicant selection will be made on a rolling basis.

You will receive a confirmation email when we have received your application materials. We will notify every applicant whether they have been accepted to the program or not. 


We are looking for students who have an interest in clinical research and/or pediatric medicine. Students will exhibit strong analytical, problem-solving, and oral and written communication skills. We want students who are able to work well in teams, effectively manage multiple projects and present ideas clearly and concisely. Many of our interns have worked in a professor’s lab or conducted independent study research projects before this program; however, this is not required.

Interns will work on a specific project under the supervision of a member of the research staff, meeting regularly with the principal investigator (PI) and/or research project manager.

In the past, students have had these responsibilities:

  • Assist with development of research study and study set-up
  • Coordinate patient recruitment
  • Assist with data collection, data processing, and preparation of materials for presentations
  • Maintain data collection records/data inventory
  • Track and prepare study-specific information utilizing databases, spreadsheets, and other tools
  • Conduct literature searches
  • Attend and participate in research team meetings
  • Write an abstract or thesis and present at a meeting

We expect this program to cover all aspects of clinical research. Thus, interns will spend time each week in our offices planning and recruiting for clinical research projects. Students will also spend time conducting the research in the clinic, interacting directly with research participants, patients, and medical staff. Additionally, students will spend time working with research staff to analyze data from the projects and develop abstracts, manuscripts, and presentations of the research. Finally, interns will attend weekly meetings with clinical and research staff and faculty. 

The program is clinical research-focused. Some of the student’s activities will be conducting research in the clinic; other activities will be preparing for or analyzing results of this research. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to meet clinicians from various fields and observe patient care. 

The summer program is completely separate and independent from Northwestern University. However, some faculty members are associated with both the program and Northwestern University.

Interns work at the main hospital.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide interns with housing or a stipend. Some students have applied for grants through their own universities to cover living expenses. There are usually plenty of Northwestern students looking to sublet their apartments over the summer.