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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Eligibility:

    students who are sixteen years of age or older by June 15, 2018N/A