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Special Category Associate Application

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Thank you for your interest in participating in the Special Category Program at Children's National Hospital, an Equal Opportunity Employer (PDF).

This comprehensive non-employee training program offers an array of opportunities for individuals to gain invaluable hands-on experience and mentorship across various roles. Participants can choose from a wide range of roles tailored to their interests and career goals.

The program's curriculum allows individuals to explore the dynamic aspects of academic medicine, providing a realistic preview of the healthcare field. Participants engage in real-world assignments that involve:

  • Conducting patient assessments
  • Participating in research projects
  • Shadowing healthcare professionals
  • Rotating through different departments
  • Receiving training in allied health professions
  • Assisting in the assessment and treatment of patients with psychiatric or neurological conditions
  • Gaining experience in healthcare administration

The program prepares students for diverse career paths by developing transferable skills such as critical thinking, communication and collaboration. Participants learn to adapt to various environments and work effectively in multidisciplinary teams, skills that are valuable in any profession. They are also exposed to different healthcare career paths, aiding them in making informed decisions about their future goals.

It's important to note that these assignments are unpaid, and participants are not eligible for Children's National Hospital benefits, unemployment benefits or workers' compensation. Nonetheless, the program offers a valuable learning experience that equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their chosen field.

The Special Category Program at Children's National Hospital also provides an opportunity for individuals who are already in professional roles to serve as non-employees within the organization. This allows professionals to contribute their expertise and skills to the hospital without being formally employed, offering a flexible and mutually beneficial arrangement. It enables individuals to maintain their current professional roles while also engaging with Children's National Hospital in a meaningful capacity, supporting the hospital's mission and goals.

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Special Category Roles

Learn more about our unique role types, each designated as a Special Category Associate, and their specific onboarding requirements.

Research Trainee

Clinical Trainee


Administrative Trainee

Allied Health Trainee

Student Intern

Psych/Neuropsych Extern

Research Collaborator

Sponsored Employee

Community Advocate

International Visitor Program


Research Scholar Visitor Program

Clinical Observership Program

Onboarding Requirements

Learn More About Special Category Associates

Can a Clinical Rotator onboard as a Special Category Associate?

How old does a Special Category Associate need to be?

Can a student participate as a clinical trainee or allied health trainee, conducting hands on patient care training, if they are not enrolled in a diploma or degree program?

How long can a Special Category assignment last?

When are Special Category Associates onboarded?

Is housing available?

Can I park on site? Who pays for my parking?

Where can I pick up my badge?

Where do I go on my first day?

Who can I contact with additional questions?