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Pediatric Anesthesia Research Internship

Mission statement:

To inspire and promote learning and acquisition of research skills in future leaders and clinicians so that they may become outstanding investigators and lifelong learners who aspire to serve the needs of their community and contribute to global healthcare.

Program Overview:

The Pediatric Anesthesia Research Internship Program offers a unique opportunity to work on a research project while also training as an anesthesia technician (9-month internship only) or observing/shadowing (summer internship) in the operating room. The program provides clinical and basic science research opportunities to students who are preparing for or are in medical school. Students develop a well-defined project, working with faculty mentors and members of the Anesthesia Clinical Research Unit (ACRU). Students are matched with a member of Children’s distinguished faculty as well as a mentor from the ACRU team, and are involved in a research study from inception to manuscript preparation. Both clinical and lab environments provide challenging projects and involve a broad range of research techniques. The projects are designed to remain feasible within the nine-month time period. The program culminates with a research symposium, where students engage in discussions and present findings on their individual projects in front of their peers, faculty, ACRU mentors, and Hospital administrators.

Year-Long Internship Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in a degree program (preferably graduate or medical school)
  • A minimum nine-month time commitment is required (Fall and Spring semesters)
  • Interns need to be able to commit to at least 20-25 hours a week
  • Applicants must be detail oriented, self-directed and eager to learn                                                                                          
  • Applicants should have an interest in the healthcare field                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Summer Internship Requirements:
  • This is an unpaid position 
  • Interns need to be able to commit to at least 20-25 hours a week
  • Students must receive academic credit through their institutions in order to be eligible
  • Because summer internships are significantly shorter than the 9-month internship (described above), summer interns will not receive anesthesia technician training; however, summer interns will have ample opportunity to shadow physicians in the Operating Room

Training Future Health Care Providers:

  • Work side-by-side  on a research study with an anesthesiologist from Boston Children's Hospital
  • Continuous mentoring from an ACRU research team member
  • Listed as Co-Investigator with ACRU mentor and anesthesiologist on the protocol and manuscript publication
  • Observe research cases in the OR/catheterization lab

What to Expect:

  • IRB Protocol development and submission
  • Data collection and database maintenance
  • Manuscript preparation for publication
  • Thesis development (if applicable to degree program)
  • Assist anesthesia technicians for one 6 hour shift per week to experience the OR first hand (9-month interns ONLY)
  • Students present individual talks on their projects in front of their peers and ACRU mentors


  • Students interested in participating in the Pediatric Anesthesia Research Internship Program must apply online by March 15th, 2015. Applicants will be notified if they are invited for interview on a rolling basis 2015.

To Apply for the Internship Program:

Program Director Izabela Leahy, RN, BSN, MS

Program Manager Vanessa Young, RN, BA

Program Coordinator Amanda Whipple, MPH

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