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Comparison of HIgh School Summer Internship programs

You can use this table to understand the differences among the HS-SIP, HiSTEP, and HiSTEP 2.0. IMPORTANT NOTE: The list of "Who Can Apply" is not complete; additional eligibility criteria apply. Please check the program webpages for details.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to continued uncertainties about travel and operations across the US, final decisions about the NIH Summer Internship Program are delayed. While we are currently planning to open the application in mid-November, it is unclear at the moment whether 2022 internships will be in-person or virtual/remote. Our priority is the safety of our staff, trainees, and communities. We will post updates regarding the NIH Summer Internship Program 2022 as soon as we have additional information. We would welcome your application, given this information. In the meantime, questions may be directed to

HiSTEP 2.0
Summer 2021 Application status The application is CLOSED. This application is CLOSED.

This application is CLOSED. 

Who can apply? Juniors and seniors in high school who are 17 years of age or older by June 15, 2021. NOTE: individuals who are in high school at the time of application will NOT be considered for SIP or any of the SIP subprograms. High school juniors who are 17 years of age or older by June 15, 2021 from schools with > 30% of students receiving free or reduced cost lunches High school seniors who are 17 years of age or older by June 15, 2021 from schools with > 30% of students receiving free or reduced cost lunches
Application deadline February 1, 2021. January 25, 2021. January 25, 2021.
Reference letter deadline February 15, 2021 February 1, 2021 February 1, 2021
Additional Application Materials/ Information None Semi-finalists will be interviewed by phone by mid-March. None
Selection by  Committee Yes. Committees in the Institutes/Centers (ICs) make selections Yes. The HiSTEP Program Committee selects participants. Yes. The HiSTEP 2.0 Program Committee selects participants.
Notification Date Variable March 30, 2021 February 26, 2021
Research Group Selection IC selection Committee makes placements Not applicable; participants do not join a research group. HiSTEP 2.0 program committee makes placements.
Program Length ~ 8 weeks ~6 weeks; part-time (25 hours/week) 7 weeks
Program Dates Arranged individually June 29th to August 5th
June 21-August 6, 2021
Location of Research Placements Any NIH campus Virtual Virtual
Housing Arranged by the intern Must live at home Must live at home
Applications in 2019* 1436 104  69
Program Positions in 2019* 213 25 25
For More Information Contact HS-SIP Contact HiSTEP Contact HiSTEP

 *Due to COVID-19, all NIH Summer Internship Programs were cancelled in 2020.