Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Student Life at CIRP

cirp@chop student researchers

Research co-op student life at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is anything but a "typical" research co-op or internship experience. CIRP's co-op students become important participants  in their research activities and see projects through from beginning to end as often as possible. As part of CIRP research co-op student life, they are also encouraged to attend meetings, training, and presentations to become fully immersed in CIRP and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute. 

Lindsey Zajac, spent a summer at CIRP working with the Traumatic Stress research team. Here is what she has to say about CIRP research co-op student life: "My time at CIRP@CHOP was an invaluable learning experience, as it exposed me to the rewards of conducting behavioral research for a pediatric population. Unlike other internship experiences of my fellow students at Bucknell University, my CIRP@CHOP training was unique because I was introduced to clinical, innovative, and multidisciplinary research and given the opportunity to make significant contributions to multiple projects."

While a Mechanical Engineering and Biomechanics student at Drexel University, Todd Hullfish participated in CIRP's Finite Element Modeling (FEM) project. Here is what he has to say about CIRP research co-op student life: "The CIRP experience has helped me want to focus on the human component of engineering more than the product development side and that I want to continue to explore the infinite possibilities of FEM [Finite Element Modeling]."

Read these blog posts from some of our research co-op students to learn about their experiences at CIRP:

CIRP Student Spotlight

Cassidy Kenny CIRP

Cassidy Kenny

"I started working as an intern at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) in January of 2018. During my time at CIRP, I have worked directly with Dr. Linda Fleisher on digital health research, primarily working on the mychoice study.  

Working at CIRP on digital health research as given me invaluable experiences for which I could not be more grateful. I have grown professionally over the last four months due to the comprehensive level of involvement I have had on digital health projects this semester. 

With the help of my supervisor and the rest of our team, I have built upon many skills such as project management, data management, and qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. I have been a part of the planning for mychoice and am extremely excited to begin recruitment. In the last four months, I have discovered my passion for research and cannot wait to continue working in the field.  

I have just graduated from Temple University with my BS in Public Health, and I have been hired by Dr. Linda Fleisher as a Clinical Research Assistant 1. I am overjoyed to be joining the team as a full-time employee and am extremely excited to see what the future holds for myself and CIRP. "