Skip to Content

Summer Programs outside the NIH

We recommend that SIP applicants apply to multiple summer programs or consider multiple summer opportunities.  We have listed summer opportunities outside the NIH below.  Appearance of programs on this list does not mean that the NIH recommends the programs.

An extensive list of summer opportunities, organized by education level and assembled by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, can be found at External Link

NASA has hundreds of summer internships available.
Check out the interactive map.

Siemens Foundation-PATH Fellowship Program External Link

This three-month, Seattle-based summer program will provide 6 students at the technical/community college, undergraduate, or graduate levels hand-on experience in diagnostics and global health innovation,  The program includes a housing allowance and living stipend. Read the program flyer.

Loma Linda University's Undergraduate Training Program External Link

Loma Linda University's Undergraduate Training Program (UTP) is a nine-week summer research internship for undergraduate college and university students. The internship focuses on giving students practical lab research experience alongside distinguished faculty, while providing mentorship in support of their future academic and research goals. The program supports the Loma Linda mission to eliminate health disparities and increase the number of basic biomedical and physician scientists from diverse backgrounds involved in research. Students in the program are paid a competitive hourly rate with support from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health.

The UW Medicine Neurological Surgery Summer Student Program External Link

The University of Washington Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery Summer Student Program provides "Bench to Bedside" exposure in the field of neurosciences. This program accepts students interested in a wide range of basic and translational research areas such as neuroscience, bioengineering, computational neuroscience, along with clinical disciplines including, but not limited to, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and medical technology.

Participation includes:

  • A stipend
  • An 8-week lab placement in a neuroscience lab
  • Weekly neurological surgery grand rounds lectures
  • Weekly neuroscience faculty lectures
  • OR observations
  • Student presentations on individual program focus

Harborview's Injury Student Training Program (INSIGHT) External Link

The Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center is housed in the University of Washington's (UW) Harborview Medical Center - the only level 1 trauma center serving Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. INSIGHT offers an outstanding opportunity to work on a research project in the field of injury. Elite high school, undergraduate and graduate students are matched to projects and project tasks and partnered with University of Washington Medical School faculty. Students meet and learn from peers and health professionals from across the country. Bringing together a diverse group of young people interested in health care and research allows HIPRC to create a unique and rich resource for students who seek to learn more about what they can accomplish in the field of injury and injury prevention. Past research areas include elucidating the risk factors and causes of injuries, injury prevention strategies, acute and chronic care of injured patients, outcomes from trauma, and interventions to return the injured individual to their full potential.

Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis summer research programs External Link

These 8-week programs are open to national and international students currently enrolled at the time of application and participation in the program in the following degree programs at a U.S.-based university:

  • Full-time college undergraduates
  • Graduate students pursuing a Master in Public Health (MPH), Social Work (MSW) or Population Health Sciences (MPHS)
  • Medical students looking to gain experience in the fields of public and global health research (especially infectious diseases)

The program comes with a $4000 stipend.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the Medical University of South Carolina External Link

This 10-week research-intensive program places participants in research groups whose interests match their own.  Completion of the course results in 15 credits in the College of Graduate Studies. Interns will receive a living allowance of at least $400/week.

University of Maryland Aging Diversity and Professional Training (UM ADAPT) Program External Link

The Aging Diversity And Professional Training (UM ADAPT) Program provides underrepresented undergraduates with 2 yrs of research, ethics, and career development training. The overall aim is to increase diversity in individuals who choose careers in biomedical/behavioral research related to aging.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Office of Science and Technology Policy Summer 2015 Internship Program

The Office of Science and Technology Policy will be accepting applications for its Summer 2016 Internship Program beginning in January. The application deadline is 11:59 pm, March 4. Students who are U.S. citizens and who are actively enrolled during the 2015 academic year are welcome to apply. More information and application instructions are available at


Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is a comprehensive cancer center in Buffalo, New York that hosts a 10-week mentored summer research experience for undergraduate juniors who are interested in biomedical research with a particular emphasis on cancer. Students who participate in the "Summer Research Experiences in Cancer Science Program" conduct a cancer-related basic or translation research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor and their laboratory staff. Interns present science talks and posters on the results of their projects at a research symposium where awards are given to the best scientific presentations. To support their research experience, interns attend weekly seminars which include the following topics: communication skills, biomedical research ethics, innovations in cancer diagnostics/therapies and cancer health disparities. To provide professional development and broaden scientific career awareness, interns attend: lectures on graduate school, the RPCI Science Retreat and field trips to local life sciences and pharmaceutical companies. For more information and to access the on-line application please visit the program website at: External Link.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Summer Research Resource External Link

A master listing of summer research opportunities, organized by state.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Summer Undergraduate Research Program External Link

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) hosts a 9-week summer internship that is designed to provide research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students who are interested in biomedical research. Students who participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) will complete an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, attend weekly research seminars, participate in professional development workshops designed to help facilitate the graduate/medical school application process, and present their findings at a competitive poster session.

AGA Investing in the Future Student Research Fellowship External Link

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation is offering 12 summer fellowship awards of $5000 each to stimulate interest in digestive disease and nutrition-related research among underrepresented minority students. Highly qualified students will have the opportunity to work with top investigators in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology.

The CLIMB UP (Undergraduate Program) for Summer Research External Link

The CLIMB Undergraduate Program for Summer Research is an opportunity for undergraduate students to perform research and gain understanding of graduate career opportunities at the University of Buffalo.

Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program External Link

This program provides an opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to conduct research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.

Summer Engineering Seminar External Link

Santa Clara University offers two five-day sessions to expose high school students to engineering.

Harvard Summer Program in Epidemiology External Link

This program, which is for college students from groups underrepresented (broadly construed) in biomedical research, is offered by the Harvard School of Public Health.

The Maternal and Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (MCHC/RISE-UP Program External Link

This program provides opportunities for enhanced public health and related training to undergraduate students from underrepresented populations.  The program takes place at three sites, one each at Johns Hopkins University, the University of South Dakota, and the University of Southern California.

The University of Pittsburgh Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) Center of Excellence External Link

This summer research opportunity is for undergraduate students in the field of computational modeling and simulation of infectious diseases. Through this ten-week Summer Research Program, participants will gain an appreciation of major research questions being raised at the intersection of public health, biological science, and computer technology and become acclimated to the rigors of scientific research and graduate education. Women and underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) for high school girls External Link

This program is open to girls of all nationalities.  There is a charge, but some financial aid is available.

Amgen Scholars External Link

This program supports summer research experiences for undergraduates at universities, both in the US and abroad.  Applications are handled by the universities, and the application deadlines are generally in early February.

American Physiological Society Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships External Link

The APS funds up to 24 fellowships that permit undergraduates to conduct full time research working with an established investigator.  A stipend is provided and travel funds are available.

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program External Link

The program seeks to increase communication skills in student scientists as they not only become more adept at describing scientific concepts to the journalism community, but also better equipped to engage the public about the impact of their work. The fellowship places 10 to 15 senior undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate science and engineering students at media sites nationwide to work as summer science reporters for 10 weeks. Past sites have included the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and NPR. An eligible applicant's field of study must be in the natural, physical, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences, or mathematics.

Summer Course in Biophysics External Link

This course for college undergraduates includes talks and seminars, mentored lab work, team-building activities, and field trips.  It is held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  All tuition and fees are covered, and a stipend is provided.

Mathematical Biosciences Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Program External Link

This program is organized by The Ohio State University.

Annual University of Virginia Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP) External Link

Ten-week summer research internships are available for qualified undergraduates considering a career in biomedical research. A generous stipend, round-trip travel, and housing are provided to participants. 

Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Deerfield Illinois External Link

Summer internships in a large number of areas related to the pharmaceutical industry are available to college or graduate students.

Bio-Rad Summer Internships in the U.S. External Link

Ten-week internships for individuals who have completed their sophomore or junior year in college in areas ranging from bioscience research to marketing and human resources.  Applications are submitted directly online.

Rand Corporation Graduate Student Summer Associate Program External Link

This twelve-week program is for those who have completed at least two years of study leading to a PhD or professional doctoral degree.  U.S. citizenship is not required.  Rand Corporation conducts research on a wide range of national security problems and domestic and international social policy issues.

Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health External Link

For college undergraduates who would like to learn how quantitative methods can be applied in the study of human health.

SURF, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

These positions are at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in Gaithersburg, MD or Boulder, CO.

Riken Brain Science Institute Summer Program External Link

Opportunities for advanced trainees to complete either a two-month laboratory internship or a seven-day intensive lecture course just outside Tokyo, Japan.  Funds may be available to support those with financial need. 

University of Maryland School of Public Health Summer Training and Research (UM STAR) Program External Link

This program is designed to provide traditionally under-represented undergraduate students with 2 consecutive summers of a 10-week research training and career development program to enhance their potential to apply for and complete graduate degrees in biomedical and behavioral science relevant to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease, as well as other public health issues.

The Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine (CHDMM) of Loma Linda University School of Medicine Undergraduate Training Program (UTP) External Link

The UTP is a summer biomedical research internship program for undergraduate students funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Naval Research Laboratory Summer Summer Research Program for HBCU/MI/TCU Undergraduates

A ten week (non-biomedical) research program for undergraduates enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.  Applicants must be US citizens, be fluent in English, and have a GPA of at least 3.0.