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Other Summer Programs @ the NIH

NIBIB Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP) 
NCI Introduction to Cancer Research Careers (ICRC) 
NCI Werner H. Kirsten Student Intern Program (Frederick, MD)
NCI Cancer Research Interns (CRI) Summer Program
Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research for Veterinary Medical Students 
Diversity in Vision Research & Opthalmology (DIVRO) 
NIDDK Diversity Summer Research Training Program (DSRTP) 
NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award 
Recruitment and Training for Under-represented Populations (RTURP) Program (NIDA, Baltimore, MD)


NIBIB Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP)

Brief Program Description:  The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) sponsors the Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP). The internship allows rising senior biomedical engineering students to participate in cutting-edge biomedical research projects under the mentorship of world-class scientists in NIH laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland.  Please note: the BESIP is a separate program from the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Biomedical Research.

Program Start & End Dates: the program runs for 10 weeks from June 4 through August 10, 2018.

Who is eligible: Undergraduate biomedical engineering students who have completed their junior year of college.

Program Web site

Contact Person:   E-mail Dr. Robert Lutz, Program Director 

NCI Introduction to Cancer Research Careers - ICRC
Brief Program Description: Eighteen prospective interns will visit NCI where they will learn about training opportunities and have a chance to interview for summer or post-baccalaureate internships.  Participants must have previous research experience. They will be selected by a committee of NCI scientists The visit will take place February 12-13.

Sponsoring Office:  NCI Office of Workforce Planning and Development

Program Start & End Dates: flexible

Eligibility Requirements:

  • - Member of an underrepresented population or financially disadvantaged background
  • - Demonstrated research experience
  • - GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • - Undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate (within 2 years), or graduate student
  • - United States citizen or permanent resident

Program Web site  

Contact: ICRC Staff

Phone:  240-276-5162

E-mail the program


NCI Werner H. Kirsten Student Intern Program

Brief Program Description: The Werner H. Kirsten Student Intern Program (WHK SIP) at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick is designed to expose high school seniors to research and administrative management in a health care environment. The scientific interns experience the basic methods of biomedical research through "hands-on" laboratory training. The students in the Internships in Support of Science/Research are assigned projects in budget, personnel, information technology, graphics, and media.

Program Start & End Dates: June to May (yearlong:  paid 8 weeks in summer, volunteer during school year)

Who is eligible:  Participating students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be in their junior year of high school when applying.
  2. Have taken or planning to take both a science and mathematics course or have the equivalent of three math/science years of credits.
  3. Have an overall un-weighted grade point average of 3.0 or greater (based on a 4.0 maximum). Students with a GPA 2.5 - 3.0 may apply if they provide a third teacher recommendation.
  4. Be able to qualify (for scientific interns) for the Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Program which requires that the student be sixteen years of age or older, and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  5. Have valid health insurance.
  6. Have had 10 or fewer excused absences from school during sophomore year (Students with 10 or more must provide explanation).

 Program Web site

Contact Information:

NCICancer Research Interns (CRI) Summer Internship Program

Brief Program Description:  The Cancer Research Interns (CRI) Summer Internship Program is a strategic effort by the CCR to increase diversity by recruiting and training students from groups under-represented in biomedical science or disadvantaged backgrounds who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and cancer-related interests.   The premise of the Program was to provide an initial training opportunity. However, over the past several years we have expanded selections to include students (from under-represented groups) who are pursuing advanced degrees.   

The Program networks with colleges, universities, and minority-targeted programs across the United States.  We have created a pipeline of future cancer researchers from diverse backgrounds who are preparing themselves for leadership roles.  More than one-third of our CRI fellows have begun or have completed graduate degrees in science.  Prospective CRI Fellows will be interviewed by the selection panel and notified of their acceptance in early March.

Program Start & End Dates:  end of May until August 31st, with flexibility based on student's academic schedule

Who is eligible:  students from groups under-represented in biomedical science and/or financially disadvantaged backgrounds who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and cancer-related research interests.  Students must be 18 years of age or older.

Program Web site

Contact Person:  E-mail Vi Black, Program Manager 


Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research for Veterinary Medical Students

Brief Program Description: The NIH is interested in providing veterinary medical students with the opportunity to participate in the NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research. This unique opportunity, made available through the National Cancer Institute (NCI), provides veterinary medical students with research experiences at the Federal government's key institution combining both clinical and basic research. This training opportunity, which is a part of the NIH Summer Internship Program, is designed to provide 8+ weeks of hands-on laboratory research experience for pre-doctoral veterinary medical students interested in biomedical research. Students develop skills in scientific research while working with leading biomedical scientists using cutting edge technologies.

Participating NIH Institutes:

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

In addition, enrichment opportunities are provided to allow interaction with veterinarians at NIH including those training in translational and interdisciplinary research in the NCI Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Program. These sessions provide the opportunity to learn about comparative molecular pathology and comparative oncology initiatives in human biomedical research, to attend formal lectures and seminars targeted to students, to discover professional roles performed by veterinarians working in a research environment, and to share experiences with veterinary students from other colleges across the nation. As the culmination of the summer internship, students prepare and present their research findings in a poster session at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, held every summer in early August.

Program Start & End Dates:  Summer Internships generally begin in late May/early June and end in August.

Who is eligible: To be eligible for this program you must currently be in good academic standing in an accredited veterinary medical college professional degree program, and may not be currently enrolled in a combined D.V.M./Ph.D. program or hold a Ph.D. degree in an applicable science. You must be a U.S citizen or permanent resident. Students are expected to participate for the entire fellowship appointment period.

Program Web Site 

Contact Persons: 

R. Mark Simpson, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate, ACVP
Director, Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Program
Head, Molecular Pathology Unit, Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics
Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute

Jonathan S. Wiest, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Cancer Training
Office of the Director
National Cancer Institute

For Administrative Questions Contact:
John Hickerson
Program Analyst, CBSTP
Molecular Pathology Unit, Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics
Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Summer Program

Brief Program Description: At NIAMS we offer an outstanding summer experience that you will certainly find stimulating and rewarding. Intramural investigators pursue diverse projects in biomedical research ranging from fundamental analyses of protein structure and function involving crystallography, cryoelectron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy, through protein chemistry, cell biology, signal transduction, gene regulation, tissue development and differentiation, genetics and immunology to more directly applicable research on the genetics etiology, pathogenesis and treatment of a variety of rheumatic, autoimmune, inflammatory, joint, skin, and muscle diseases.

Program Start & End Dates: Mid-May until August

Who is eligible: The NIAMS Summer Program is for students sixteen years of age or older who meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled at least half-time in high school or an accredited U.S. college/university/medical school/dental school OR accepted for fall admission to an accredited U.S. college/university/medical school/dental school
  • Able to arrive at the NIH in May or June and commit a minimum of 8 weeks to the program
  • NOTE: Students enrolled in the program are expected to work full time in the lab for 8 weeks. Vacation time is not permitted due to the short duration for the program.

Program Web Site

Contact Person:

Robert Walker, PhD

Diversity In Vision Research & Ophthalmology (DIVRO)

Brief Program Description:  Summer internship program designed to promote career development opportunities for underrepresented students interested in pursuing a career in vision research or ophthalmology.

Program Start & End Dates: Mid-May until August

Who is eligible:  Students from traditionally underrepresented groups age sixteen and over who are enrolled at least half-time in high school or in an accredited U.S. college or university and have completed course work relevant to biomedical, behavioral, or statistical research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and should have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) or science course GPA of 3.2 or better.

Program Web site 

Contact Person: 

Cesar Perez-Gonzalez, PhD

Mrs. Nora Sallgado

NIDDK Diversity Summer Research Training Program (DSRTP)

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) through the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination invites students to submit their application for the Summer Research Training Program. This program is specific to undergraduate students underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research, including African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. Successful applicants will join one of NIDDK's research laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland, or Phoenix, Arizona, for ten weeks beginning in June through August. At the end of the summer, students participate in the NIH Summer Research Program Poster Day. This provides an opportunity for students to present their work before the NIH scientific community. Students are also expected to participate in meetings and seminars in their individual laboratories.

Program Start & End Dates: June - August

Who is eligible:

Undergraduate students who have

  • Completed at least 1 year at an accredited institution
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Health insurance coverage
  • US citizen or permanent resident status

Program Web site

Contact Person:   E-mail Winnie Martinez 

NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award 
Brief Program Description: To expose future dentists to careers in research, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) offers an outstanding summer research training opportunity for dental students.  The NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award is designed to give talented dental students hands-on research experience and exposure to the latest advances in oral health research.  Selected candidates are assigned to mentors who conduct research in the students' areas of interest. Participation in the program may result in presentation of research findings at a scientific meeting or co-authorship of scientific publications.

Program Start & End Dates: Applicants can start between May 1 and the first week of July.  Accepted applicants must work for a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks.

Who is eligible:  

  • Applicants must be enrolled in accredited U.S. dental schools.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residence is required.
  • The nominating dental school must provide support for round trip transportation for the student. (This must be stated in the dean's nomination letter).
  • Applicant must work for a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks.

Program Web site:

Contact Person: E-mail  Dr. Deborah Philp 

NIDA Recruitment and Training for Under-Represented Populations (RTURP) Program

Brief Program Description:  The Recruitment and Training Program (RTURP) for Under-Represented Populations Program supports a series of special initiatives designed to have a broad but integrated influence on reducing the burden of drug abuse among minorities and other traditionally under-represented populations.  Goals and objectives are consistent with National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) efforts designed to respond to the special needs of ethnic and other under-served segments of the population, and align with NIH's strategic plan of improved diversity and its Office of Research on Minority Health's (ORMH) mission of increasing the number of minorities who conduct research.  The central theme has been the changing face of science.  Its paramount objective is to increase the participation of under-represented groups at the forefront and in the broad spectrum of biomedical and behavioral research and training activities performed at the Intramural Research Program of NIDA, NIH.

Who is eligible:

  • 1. Students must be at least 16 years old.
  • 2. Students must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
  • 3. Students must be from an under-represented group; must be currently enrolled or have been accepted, into an accredited high school, college, graduate or medical school; and be in good academic standing and seeking a degree or diploma.

    Women and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Program Web site 

Contact Information: or 443-740-2458