The CHOP Information Services Innovation Excellence Program is a formal, year-long, competitive co-op program designed to provide both undergraduate and graduate students with practical training and exposure to leading-edge technology and trends in healthcare IT.
Successful applicants will work a minimum of three months at CHOP, and will have the opportunity to work on ongoing projects and assist with developing strategic initiatives. Ongoing interaction with leadership both in IS and hospital-wide will expose the student to various leadership styles and initiatives in the organization. Download the Innovation Excellence Program brochure.
Depending on participants’ career focus and interest, there are many opportunities to explore career choices in healthcare IT. Co-op assignments may be in the following areas:
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Visit our career search page and search by keyword “Student” to see co-op postings. The application process requires transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume and an essay describing the applicant's understanding of information technology in a healthcare setting or strategic planning for leading-edge technology. Please note: Student positions are only posted during late May and late September.
Finalists will have a half-day interview session in which they learn about the history of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the vision of the Information Services Department. Applicants will also meet with IS leaders during a networking roundtable session, take a tour of the work location and meet current students to learn about their experience in the program.
Candidates should be currently enrolled as a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student in an accredited college, preferably with previous work experience. Students in information technology, software engineering, business administration and related fields are encouraged to apply.
The IS co-ops are paid based on industry standards.
Please email us for more information.
Christina joined Information Services as a co-op in June 2013, working with the Training, Clinical Informatics and Business Operations teams. She helped create assessments for the go-live of CHOP's first Urgent Care Center, updated the training website on CHOP's intranet and led training seminars for a new software being used by IS staff members. Christina also worked with CHOP Clinical Champions and the Chief Medical Information Officer to develop a state-of-the-art Quality Informatics Dashboard which measures performance in Electronic Health Record optimizations. Christina is currently pursuing a master's degree in business administration.
Lorenc Cici joined The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as an Information Services co-op in September 2012. While pursuing a degree in computer science, Cici supported the Quality Program and Training teams. For the Quality Program team, Cici supported the IS FY 2013 documentation goal project by managing the master documentation list and metrics. On the Training team, he helped communicate application training information to CHOP employees, and developed new training resources for CHOP's electronic medical record system, EPIC.
Swathi Jagannath joined The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as an Information Services co-op in September 2012. She worked with the Training, Quality Assurance Testing and Business Operations teams. Swathi helped develop assessments for the Training team, and also worked on testing for security, browser compatibility, and user acceptance. Swathi also contributed to the launch of @CHOP, an internal networking website for CHOP employees. Her co-op ended in April 2013, and Swathi is now returning to the Enterprise Application team as a systems analyst. In her role, she'll support Security, Facilities, and the Office of Patient Safety.