Medical Internships and Training

About Medical Internships

Children's Hospital Los Angeles provides a wealth of training and volunteer opportunities for individuals committed to helping children. 

However, due to the complexity and severity of the illness and injuries sustained by the children we treat, in many instances, our environment does not lend itself well to "shadowing" opportunities or "observation" opportunities for those who have not already received a significant degree of formal training in medicine.

  • Internships for High School Students
  • Internships for Undergraduate Students
  • 4th Year Medical Students – U.S. and Canadian Schools
  • 4th Year Medical Students – Foreign Schools
  • Pediatric Residency Program
  • RN Residency Program
  • Fellowship Programs
  • Psychology Internship

Due to the highly competitive nature of opportunities for medical students, we are unable to offer shadowing and observation roles for high school students. 

  • For those in search of a non-medical volunteer experience, please review the Volunteer Opportunities area of our website to see if volunteering is a fit for you.

We offer two, highly competitive programs for college underclassmen to offer medical experience.  Space in both of the above programs is extremely limited and selection of students is coordinated through advisors at the listed schools.  These programs are not open for application directly through our hospital.

Clinical electives are available to students of U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Please visit the 4th-Year Elective page for more information.

We offer clinical electives for a very select group of medical school outside of the United State and Canada. Program and application information can be found on the 4th-Year Electives page of our website.

Our hospital's residency program in pediatrics is renowned for offering our medical students exposure to a wide array of healthcare experts, diagnoses, and care protocols.  Our board exam passage rate for our residents is among the highest in the nation.  More about our Pediatric Residency Program.

We are the founding hospital of the Versant™ RN Residency which has become the national model for new graduates transitioning into nursing practice throughout the United States. The comprehensive 22-week Versant™ RN Residency in Pediatrics is offered each March and September. Selected nurse residents enjoy comprehensive classroom and clinical experience, competitive salary and benefits, relocation assistance, rapid promotion program and five pediatric specialty choices.To learn more, please visit our RN Residency Program area of our site.

Currently, experts at our hospital are providing mentorship for 98 fellows in various pediatric specialty and subspecialty areas.  To find out if we offer a Fellowship Program for you, visit the Fellowship Programs area of our site.

The University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC UCEDD) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited Psychology Predoctoral Internship.