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2022 College Summer Opportunities to Advance Research (C-SOAR)


COVID-19 Update: The 2022 NIH Summer Internship Program will be a hybrid with both virtual interns and a limited number of in-person (i.e., on-campus) interns. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by April 1, 2022. If you are currently interviewing for a position or receive (or have received) an offer from an NIH investigator or program director, please be sure to discuss your preference for an in-person or virtual internship. Some offers may be contingent upon your willingness to work virtually; others will depend on your willingness to come to campus. Note that all interns, both virtual and in-person, will be expected to engage full-time in internship activities, including research, and will receive stipend support from the NIH. All educational programming offered by the OITE, including the 2022 NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair and Summer Presentation Week, will be virtual. The OITE is available to support you as you make decisions about your participation in SIP2022. Please reach out to us. (Updated: 2-28-22)

 The CCSEP application for summer 2022 is now CLOSED!

The goal of the 2022 College Opportunities to Advance Research (C-SOAR) program to  is to encourage a diverse group of individuals to consider careers in the biomedical sciences (At the NIH "biomedical sciences" includes everything from behavioral and social sciences, through biology and chemistry, to physics, mathematical modeling, computational biology, and biostatistics). In addition to performing full-time research in a laboratory or on a project at the NIH, C-SOAR interns will meet each week as a group  with students in the Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP). Together they will participate in workshops and courses focused on the development of academic,  professional, and wellness skills in preparation for careers in health care and in social, behavioral, and biomedical research.

Students with disabilities; students who are Pell Grant-eligible; students who are enrolled in Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); students who identify as LGBTQ; and individuals disadvantaged by circumstances that have negatively impacted their educational opportunities, including recent natural disasters, are encouraged to apply to C-SOAR.

C-SOAR/CCSEP activities will include:

  • Full-time research
  • Orientation
  • A leadership development program focused on self-exploration, building resiliency, understanding conflict, finding mentors, and understanding emotional intelligence
  • Completion of an Individual Development Plan or IDP
  • The NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair
  • NIH Summer Poster Day

Attendance at these C-SOAR/CCSEP group activities will be required.

C-SOAR interns are a part of the larger NIH Summer Internship Program or SIP, so all opportunities and responsibilities that apply to other SIP interns also apply to them.


C-SOAR applicants must meet all eligibility requirements for the NIH Summer Internship Program. They must be:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
  • Enrolled at least half-time in an accredited US college or university at the time of application submission; and
  • At least seventeen years of age by June 15, 2022.

All NIH intramural trainees (IRTAs, CRTAs, VFs, and SVs) will be expected to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to the start of their NIH appointment.

In addition, they must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

**Students enrolled high school accelerated programs are ineligible for C-SOAR.

To Apply

To apply, you must complete the standard 2022 SIP application and indicate in your cover letter that you are applying for C-SOAR.  The online application is due January 8, 2022, and the deadline for letters of recommendation in January 15.

How will the program work?


Individuals who are selected to participate in the 2022 C-SOAR Program will work closely with OITE staff throughout the mentor selection process. They will be matched with NIH principal investigators (PIs) who have indicated their interest in hosting a C-SOAR student. Every effort will be made to match the research interests the applicant describes in the application with the principal investigator's ongoing projects. C-SOAR applicants should not contact NIH intramural scientists to discuss placements on their own.

ALL interns in the C-SOAR program will be required to be available during the core program period: from June 6, 2022 to August 5, 2022. Summer internships are full-time positions; interns are expected to devote a minimum of 40 hours per week to their projects and training. In return, interns receive a stipend, determined by educational level. If the program is on-site rather than virtual, funds for local transportation to and from the NIH will be provided as well.

Table comparing C-SOAR and other summer programs at the NIH

Support for C-SOAR is generously provided by the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health, the NIH Office of AIDS Research, and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences.