Internship Program

The Institute for Pediatric Innovation exists because of the dedication of hardworking interns. As a member of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, we welcome students through the Internship Challenge program. This allows us to provide paid internship opportunities. 

IPI welcomes engineering, business, medical and public health students for field experiences and project-based work. If you're interested, please contact us here


Past Interns


Katherine Churchwell, Program Associate
August 2016-December 2016

Katherine Churchwell assisted in the day-to-day logistics of keeping IPI functioning, leading staff meetings and ensuring the organization continued to run smoothly. She also assisted in running the Clinical Innovation Catalyst Program, running steering committee meetings and keeping consortium members on track.

Katherine is working towards her Master of Public Health at Boston University.


Stephanie Tin, Program Coordinator
May 2015-July 2016

Stephanie Tin assisted with and later took responsibility for the logistics of the inaugural Catalyst Program. She led steering committee meetings, designed branded program materials and infographics, and generally coordinated communication between IPI and its member hospitals. She also helped manage day-to-day operations at the IPI office.

Stephanie completed a post-baccalaureate program at Tufts University. She is now pursuing an MD at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.


Dana Howe, Health Communication Intern
June 2015-June 2016

Dana Howe worked on marketing and communications for the Institute for Pediatric Innovation. During her year with IPI, she redesigned, developed and launched the organization's new website. She also wrote for and managed IPI's blog and e-mail newsletters and assisted with event planning. Her work maintained and built upon IPI's branding strategy and strategic communications. 

Dana earned a Master of Science in Health Communication from the Tufts University School of Medicine. She aims to use compelling storytelling and user-centered design to make an impact in public health. 


Dayo Akinyemi, Health Communication Intern

Dayo Akinyemi was the health communication intern at the Institute for Pediatric Innovation, where she developed professional, technical, and publicity related materials in a variety of mediums to deliver information about IPI and its programs, manages the organization’s website, and helps implement IPI’s branding strategy. Dayo has previous experience in public relations and communications with a particular focus on drafting press releases and developing target lists for media pitches.

Dayo earned a Master of Public Health degree with a focus in health communication at Tufts University School of Medicine. As a public health professional, her goal is to translate complex health information into plain language for the lay public to improve health and health literacy.


Bettenia Cole, Business Development Intern
September 2014-July 2015

Bettenia Cole supported vital grant writing, business development and research activities during her time at the Institute for Pediatric Innovation. As a working volunteer and academic professional, Bettenia has been able to effectively adapt to multiple industries in various roles. Regardless of the industry, she has undergone immense personal growth and has found success through being a life-long learner, remaining company and team focused, and working well under pressure. Her roles have aligned with her passion for service, leadership, and the STEM related industries. Bettenia's volunteer service includes fundraising for medical research and multi-industry R&D for various start-ups. Past roles have equipped her with a sound skill-set in budgeting, fundraising and business development.

Bettenia holds a credential in Finance and International Business.


Samantha Higer, Program Coordinator
September 2013-July 2015

Samantha Higer served as the program coordinator at the Institute for Pediatric Innovation for nearly two years, and was primarily responsible for coordinating the pressure ulcer initiative involving IPI’s four consortium hospitals. During her undergraduate career, she conducted tumor research at the Washington University Neurofibromatosis Center.

She aspires to become an established engineer in the medical device industry. Samantha obtained a master's degree in mechanical engineering at Tufts University, and a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.


Deb Tobin, Board Intern
May 2013-December 2013

Debra Tobin, served as Board Intern for the Institute for Pediatric Innovation during the summer and fall seasons of 2013. She is currently the Compliance Manager at Financial Engines Advisors L.L.C., the largest independent investment advisor in the United States. Prior to joining Financial Engines, Debra was a Compliance Director for John Hancock Financial Network, overseeing both the firm’s advertising review and branch examination teams. Before joining John Hancock, she was with Fidelity Investments for over ten years in various roles including Senior Compliance Manager for Pyramis Global Advisors and Risk Manager for the FMR, LLC Operational Risk group. Deb holds the designation of Certified Regulatory Compliance Professional.


Ashley Carter, Healthcare Communications Intern
Summer 2013

Ashley Carter served as the Healthcare Communications Intern at the Institute for Pediatric Innovation during the summer season of 2013. Her perpetual interest in the health of children drew her to IPI. Ashley currently works with Wellness Workdays, a corporate wellness company that implements wellness programs for companies around New England. For the past 2 years, she worked as a research assistant at the Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University on various studies related to nutrition and physical activity in children. Prior to that, she was a School Wellness Leader at Fitness Forward, where she implemented wellness initiatives to improve health and reduce childhood obesity in Boston public schools. Having grown up in a family of avid skiers in Vermont and ski racing Division I in college, she started her career coaching elite athletes at a ski academy in California and then at Boston College.