Program Overview

Each year, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Research Program at Stanford university offered summer internship/mentorship positions to medical students until 2019. This was paused due to COVID-19 and a wider remote program was made available to the students. Now starting Summer of 2024, we are happy to offer the same opportunity again. Chosen applicants will participate in an 8 week in-person clinical research or biomechanical engineering internship/mentorship program from June 10, 2024 to August, 2, 2024. Our internship/mentorship program does not provide funding for housing and transportation to campus and clinics, this will be the students responsibility. The expected pay for this position is $27.75 per hour.*

This internship/mentorship includes 4 main areas of pediatric orthopaedic surgery research interests mainly sports medicine, spinal deformities, hip pathologies and clubfoot. For more information about the Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Research program, please visit our websites:

Description of Research Activities                                                                                                        

Students will get an opportunity to work with clinicians, engineers, and researchers. Clinical research activities will include literature reviews, chart reviews, data collection, and preparation of abstracts and manuscripts. Engineering activities will include cadaver dissection sessions and medical engineering application. All students will present their research findings during the last week of the internship/mentorship program. Students will have the opportunity to shadow various clinical professionals in clinic and OR. 


  • 8 weeks commitment to be in-person at Stanford (20-30 hours every week) for research and to attend compulsory meetings.
  • First-year medical students/medical students taking a gap year looking for experience in the field of Orthopaedics.
  • Ability to work independently; meet established deadlines with faculty
  • Proficiency in writing and a general understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology.
  • Research experience is preferred.
  • Students must currently be living in and attending school in the U.S. AND must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a green card in order to apply. 


Application and Timeline

Applications are due no later than Friday, March 1st, 2024 at 05:00pm PST.

Applications received after the deadline, for any reason, will not be considered.

Applicants will need to Submit

  • Cover Letter-  In 350 words or less, please describe your experiences and qualifications that have led you to pursue research in orthopaedic surgery. How will this opportunity fit into long-term goals and plans?
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Writing example e.g. Book chapter, abstract, publications, etc.  (highly recommended but not mandatory)

Note: Extra materials, including letters of recommendation, will NOT be considered.

Please upload all documents and respond to all questions in the application: Application is closed for 2024

All questions can be emailed to Candidates who meet the criteria will be interviewed before a final decision. We expect final decisions and offers to be extended by end of April, 2024.

*Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

Stanford Orthopaedics Remote Research and Mentorship Program

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University

About the Program:

One of the main goals of this program is to lower the barriers in acquiring meaningful, high-impact research experiences under faculty mentorship for aspiring orthopaedic surgeons. Mentorship is at the core of this research program, whether it’s faculty to student or student to student mentorship. Orthopaedics has a long-recognized diversity issue, and it is imperative that we address this by creating accessible, equitable, and early opportunity pipelines for all students interested in orthopedics. A core focus of this program will be about building opportunity, mentorship, and a connection to the field in order to prepare and encourage students to apply for orthopaedic residency.

We no longer offer the remote program.

Summer Research Lecture Recordings

Summer Research Student Alumni