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
  • Diversity in Medicine Visiting Rotation Program
  • 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.

The Department of Graduate Medical Education at CHLA is pleased to announce the 2022 Diversity in Medicine Visiting Rotation Program. This program provides support for medical students who identify as underrepresented minorities in medicine to participate in the CHLA Visiting Student Program, as well as opportunities to engage with the CHLA pediatric residents, faculty, and community.

A stipend of up to $2000 will be awarded to up to six recipients to help defray the costs of travel and housing. In addition to their clinical experiences, visiting students will be invited to attend daily residency educational conferences and weekly Grand Rounds. Each student will be connected with a mentorship family through CHLA’s Diversity and Inclusion Mentorship Program (DIMP). Mentorship families consist of a faculty mentor, a resident/fellow mentor, and a medical student. Students will also be invited to attend DIMP Professional Development Sessions that occur during their rotations and engage with members of our residency Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Finally, each student will have an individual meeting with the Pediatric Residency Program Director.

Application requirements

  1. Applicants must be from racial/ethnic groups defined by the AAMC as underrepresented minorities in medicine (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino/a/e, American Indian or Alaska Native, Southeast Asian, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander).
  2. Applicants must be full-time fourth year students in good standing at an LCME/AOA accredited US medical or osteopathic school.
  3. Applicants must have completed their core pediatric rotation and plan to apply for pediatric residency.
  4. Please complete our application and submit to Cynthia Leyva ( along with the following:
  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation
  • A short (1 page) statement expressing why you are interested in this opportunity and your overall career goals
  1. Applicants must also apply to and be accepted by the Keck School of Medicine/CHLA Visiting Student Program 


The deadline for application is May 6th, 2022.

Please direct any questions to Cynthia Leyva, Institutional Coordinator, or 323-361-8453.

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.