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Research Training

Virtual Student Summer Opportunities to Advance Research (V-SOAR)

This program is available to:

An internship opportunity for undergraduate students who are not able to come to one of the NIH campuses nor take advantage of another in-person research opportunity.

About this program

This program is for undergraduate students interested in spending a summer immersed in science, exploring elements of the basic and bioinformatics-based research, but do not have the opportunity to avail themselves of an in-person summer internship.

V-SOAR is a virtual-only cohort program within the broader NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP). In addition to having access to virtual resources offered to all summer interns, V-SOAR interns will take part in an on-line curriculum focused on the development of research, professional, and well-being skills.

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity strengthens our community. We encourage applications from students who meet the specific V-SOAR eligibility requirements and who come from diverse backgrounds, including:

  • people from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research and healthcare fields.
  • people with disabilities
  • who are/were Pell Grant-eligible in college
  • students who are, or were, enrolled in Tribal Colleges and Universities, community colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • people who identify as LGBTQ+
  • people disadvantaged by circumstances that have negatively impacted their educational opportunities.

Eligibility criteria

This program is designed for undergraduate students who do not have the opportunity to avail themselves of an in-person summer internship.

To be considered for V-SOAR, you must meet all the requirements for the NIH Summer Internship Program. In addition, you must:

  • Be enrolled for Fall 2024 in an undergraduate program in the U.S.
  • Have access to a working laptop or computer with reliable internet connection.

V-SOAR interns are required to begin their internship as a cohort on June 10, 2024. Interns are expected to devote a minimum 30 hours per week to their projects and training for the entire duration of the internship.

Applicants with a family member working at NIH should be aware of the strict nepotism policy, which may limit your ability to work in certain NIH institutes, centers, or research groups.

Stipend and other compensation

Stipends for summer interns are adjusted annually and are based on educational level.

Before you apply

The decision to come to the NIH as a V-SOAR intern is an important one. These are 30 hour per week positions, and there is limited time to take summer classes or tend to other responsibilities during work hours. Also, understand that if you apply for V-SOAR you are not eligible to apply for any of the other NIH summer internship programs.

How to apply

Opening and closing dates

The V-SOAR application is currently closed.

The V-SOAR application closes on Friday, January 12, 2024 at noon ET.
Reference letters are due before Friday, January 19, 2024 at noon ET.

Complete your application

You must use the NIH Application Center to apply for this program.

  1. After you complete the required sections of your profile, you will be asked to select a preferred program. Choose ‘Summer internships for college, professional, and graduate students.’
  2. You must select 'Apply' next to ‘Virtual Summer Opportunities to Advance Research’ for your application to be considered for this program.
  3. Ensure that you are eligible for this program before clicking 'Start Application.'
  4. To complete your application, import any relevant information from your profile. You must also submit:
  • Coursework & Exams - a list of coursework and grades
  • CV/Resume - a list of your education, experience, and other relevant history
  • References - the names and contact information of two references
  • Letter/Statement - a cover letter broadly describing your research experience, current interests, and career goals. Please also include a statement explaining why you are interested in participating in a virtual internship program.

5. Review all of your materials carefully before you submit your application.

V-SOAR applicants should not contact NIH intramural scientists. Individuals who are selected to participate will be assigned a research group by the V-SOAR selection committee.

The V-SOAR application is currently closed.

Selection process

The V-SOAR selection committee reviews applications and will notify applicants of final decisions by late January 2024.

Have questions?

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