Pre-College Program Category: STEM
Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD, and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; Phoenix, AZ; and Detroit, MI. NOTE: the number of positions in Hamilton, Framingham, Phoenix, and Detroit is limited.Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day.
- Application Process:
Prospective candidates must apply online. The application is available from mid-November to March 1. It requires submission of:a curriculum vitae or resume,a list of coursework and grades (please note: we do not need a transcript at this time),a cover letter describing the applicant's research interests and career goals, andthe names and contact information for two references.Candidates may also specify the scientific methodologies or disease/organ systems that interest them.Selection: The NIH Summer Internship Program is highly competitive. In 2016, more than 7100 completed applications were submitted, and about 1300 interns were selected. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from November through April by scientists in the Institutes and Centers of the NIH. Individual scientists select their own summer interns and provide their funding; there is no centralized selection process. Data for 2015 indicate that applicants who submit their materials in the first two weeks have a success rate 3 times greater than those who submit during the 2 weeks just before the deadline. For additional suggestions on how to increase your chances of being offered a position, please read the SIP Frequently Asked Questions. You can find a YouTube video entitled "Finding an NIH Mentor", which demonstrates how to use NIH investigator databases, on the OITE YouTube page.
students who are sixteen years of age or older by June 15, 2018N/A