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2022 Amgen Scholars Program at NIH

COVID-19 Update: In mid-March of 2020, all NIH employees, contractors, and trainees, with the exception of those conducting research on the coronavirus and COVID-19 and those caring for patients (Group 0), were assigned to mandatory telework. In June, 2020, those whose work cannot be completed remotely (Group A), were allowed to begin returning to on-site work. However, the return was limited. Safe distancing was required, in addition to mask wearing and strict disinfection measures, with the result that most scientists were permitted only part-time or shift work. Those whose work is difficult to complete via telework (Group B) were allowed to join Group A in July, 2020, still with safe distancing required. Group C, individuals who can telework effectively, are still working remotely. That situation continues (revised 10/13/21).

All NIH summer programs were cancelled in 2020. In 2021, all were entirely virtual. As soon as the coronavirus situation becomes clear, we will update this page with information on the summer programs for 2022. We hope to welcome summer interns to our NIH campuses.

The Amgen Scholars Program at NIH is a partnership between the Amgen Foundation, the Foundation for the NIH, and the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education. Amgen Scholars at NIH spend the summer working at NIH's main campus in Bethesda, Maryland side-by-side with some of the world's leading scientists, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. During their internships at NIH, scholars will be matched with research mentors in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) where they will be immersed in a culture of translational science and will explore important elements of the basic, translational, and clinical research enterprise. (To get an idea of the types of research conducted in the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the NIH, visit In addition to performing full-time research, scholars will:

  • Participate in a customized curriculum that will use journal clubs, case studies, writing projects, and group activities to develop communication, career readiness, and critical thinking skills.
  • Explore the relationship between science and society in evening roundtables that examine the role of science, policy, and community engagement in the elimination of health disparities (for a definition of health disparities, visit the Amgen Scholars Program at NIH FAQs).
  • Participate in a leadership development program focused on self-exploration, building resiliency, understanding conflict, finding mentors, and understanding emotional intelligence.
  • Attend the Virtual Amgen Scholars US Symposium to interact with top industry and academic scientists and to network with other Amgen Scholars.
  • Present at the NIH Summer Poster Day at the beginning of August.
  • Establish an individualized development plan to take advantage of the many workshops and seminars offered for all NIH summer interns. These include our summer lecture series, "Going to Graduate School" series, communication skills workshops, and the NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants to the program should be willing to work on any aspect of their broader scientific interest. Even though health disparities and their elimination are a major focus of the AMGEN Scholars Program at NIH, not all scholars will conduct research related to health disparities.

The Amgen Scholars Program at NIH will begin with an orientation and leadership training program. Scholars will meet weekly for program activities throughout the summer. (For more information, visit the program FAQs.)

During their internships at NIH, interns will receive a monthly stipend. They are also eligible to receive Transhare benefits for travel within the Metro DC area (Transhare is a transportation subsidy provided to individuals who agree to use any form of public transportation and not their car to get to work).


The Amgen Scholars Program at NIH is a summer internship for undergraduate students interested in PhD and combined degree programs in the sciences. Students interested in attending medical or other professional school programs should apply to the broader NIH Summer Internship Program.  Students with experience in health disparities and a keen interest in learning more about the biological, environmental, social, and genetic causes of health disparities are especially encouraged to apply. The admission committee will give preference to students who lack opportunities to perform independent research during the school year. NIH welcomes applications from students in all science disciplines and encourages students from diverse backgrounds to apply.

In addition, applicants must:

Individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree, students who are not currently enrolled at a U.S. institution, and previous Amgen Scholars are not eligible to apply.

Application Process
Applicants should complete the standard NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) application and choose "AMGEN" in item 9. The deadline for receipt of completed applications and letters of reference is February 1st, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET.

Applicants should discuss the following important elements in the application cover letter:

  • Research interests and educational/career goals for the future
  • Understanding of, experience with, and interest in learning more about health disparities; we are interested in learning about personal, coursework-related, or community-based experiences that have increased your interest in health disparities.
  • Leadership experiences in school and in the community

How the Program Works

Individuals who are selected for the program will be matched by the program with NIH intramural scientists. Every effort will be made to place students in research groups related to their research interests. Applicants should not contact NIH intramural scientists to discuss placements on their own. In addition, they should NOT specify on their applications an NIH Institute/Center in which they would like to be placed.

All interns participating in the AMGEN program must available full time from June 6th to 10th for orientation. Students will join their research groups on June 13th, and the program will run through August 5th, 2022. Summer internships are full-time positions; interns are expected to devote a minimum of 40 hours per week to their projects and training. Students should not, therefore, expect to take courses during the daytime. Furthermore, they should not make plans for evening coursework or volunteer activities before speaking to program staff.

Table comparing the AMGEN Scholars Program with other summer programs at the NIH