National Cancer Institute: Introduction to Cancer Research Careers

The ICRC Program sponsors highly-qualified students on a sponsored, two-day visit to the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and potentially interview for an internship with NCI investigators.

Deadline: September 1, 2015

Sponsor: National Cancer Institute/NIH


ICRC participants will have the opportunity to tour the facilities of the NCI and the NIH, listen to and network with research fellows, and potentially interview for an internship with NCI Investigators.  This program provides participants with the opportunity to experience the NCI first-hand and personally interact with the world’s leading cancer researchers.

If a student is hired by an NCI investigator as an intern, he/she will work under their direction and in concert with other researchers, fellows, and technicians. Interns will have the option to attend seminars on topics related to basic, clinical, biomedical and behavioral research, human health, healthy lifestyles and health disparities.

Find more information about the program, eligibility requirements and application form on the IRCR website


Candidates who do not meet all of the criteria will not be considered for the program:

  • Undergraduate, post-baccalaureate (within two years), or graduate student of an accredited U.S. college or university.

  • GPA of 3.2 or higher and good academic standing.

  • Demonstrated research experience.

  • Available a full-time summer internship (recommended length 10 weeks) or one-year post-baccalaureate internship.

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card), or a I-551 stamp in your passport.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older by the first day of the winter visit.

  • Participation in the winter visit is required to be considered for the program.

  • Member of an underrepresented population or financially disadvantaged background 

  • [Special Note for MARC students:] If you are currently supported by MARC, you may only apply to ICRC if your support will end prior to the start of any internship you may be offered.  You may be supported by MARC at the time of the visit, but not after your internship has started.

  • Former NCI interns are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

ICRC will begin accepting applications for the 2016 program in the fall of 2015.