NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

Sponsor: NIH


Awards cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. Successful applicants are selected by the individual laboratories and branches at the NIH on a rolling basis from November through May. Applications are reviewed and selections are made by scientists in the Institutes and Centers of the NIH. Candidates will be informed of their selection by the hiring Institute. Successful candidates will be required to submit the following documentation to their Institute or Center prior to beginning their training: Official high school, college, or graduate school transcripts, and proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. U.S. citizens may submit a copy of their birth certificate or passport. Permanent residents will need to provide a copy of their alien registration card.


The Summer Internship Program is for students who will be sixteen years of age or older at the time they begin the program and who are currently enrolled at least half-time in high school or an accredited U.S. college or university. Students who have been accepted into a college or university program may also apply. To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

How to Apply

Prospective candidates must apply online. The electronic application requires submission of a curriculum vitae or resume, a list of the applicant's publications, a cover letter describing the applicant's research interests and career goals, and the names and contact information for two references. Candidates are asked to specify the scientific methodologies or disease/organ systems that interest them.