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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.

The Faculty for Undergraduate (FUN) Neuroscience lists summer internships in neuroscience.


Pathways Undergraduate Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center External Link
Pathways Undergraduate Researchers is a one- to two-year, paid internship program for rising first-, second-, and third-year college students. During the summer, interns are immersed in nine weeks of mentored research at the Fred Hutch in Seattle, and participate in a cancer biology education series, professional development workshops, and social activities. In the following school year, the program engages students at their respective colleges/universities with online workshops, continued mentorship and academic support. Interns are required to participate in summer and academic year activities. Internship research projects focus on cancer biology under one of the Center's five divisions: Basic Sciences, Human Biology, Public Health Sciences, Clinical Research, and Vaccines and Infectious Disease.


Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Summer Undergraduate Education and Research Program - Summer Fellowship 2018
The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine offers "SUPER", a Summer Undergraduate Physician-scientist-training Education & Research program, to undergraduate students, who are planning to pursue a career as a physician scientist. Students interested in combined DO-PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist are offered an opportunity to conduct research, be exposed to clinical care and the excitement of an academic medical environment. The MSUCOM Summer Undergraduate Education and Research program is a 10 week program that begins May 29, 2018 and concludes August 3, 2018. (Because of university housing availability, program dates are not be changed).

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Program for LGBTI Health External Link
This 10-week, full-time summer internship will run from late May to early August.  Current undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs are eligible to apply.

UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program External Link
This eight-week summer program provides undergraduates the opportunity to address health disparities and explore public health through hands-on training, workshops, and leadership and professional development activities.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition summer internships

NSAC is seeking a Grassroots intern for the period of late March to mid-August 2018 and a Policy Intern for the summer.  Both positions are paid.


The STEP-UP Program is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The overall goal of STEP-UP is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK's core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases. Students have 8 to 10 weeks of full-time research experience and are paired with experienced research mentors at institutions throughout the nation. The program provides all-paid travel expenses to the Annual STEP-UP Research Symposium held on NIH's Bethesda campus late July-early August.

In addition to other eligibility criteria, applicants must

  • Come from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in biomedical sciences on a national basis
  • Have been diagnosed with a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • Be the first generation in their family to graduate from a four-year college or university and/or come from a disadvantaged background as defined by annual family income

The US Department of Energy Office of Science Community College Internships (CCI) and Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SUOI) Programs
All of the national laboratories in the DOE offer 10- to 16-week paid internships three tines a year: summer, fall, and spring.

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Summer Program in Cancer Research External Link
The Summer Program in Cancer Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center's Science Park campus provides an authentic research experience for outstanding undergraduate and high school students considering careers in biomedical research. Students have the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor in cutting-edge cancer research areas such as molecular mechanisms of cancer, DNA damage and repair, and cancer epigenetics. This ten-week program is offered in Smithville, TX, a short drive from Austin.

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.

The Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program External Link
Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine invites undergraduate, graduate and medical students to participate in the Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program. The Summer Opportunities Program is designed to provide students with hands-on cancer research experience for 10 weeks over the summer. Opportunities range from basic science research to clinical research to prevention/control and population research.

Program participants are provided a $6,200 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 Internship Program

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Internship Program provides an OSTP intern a unique opportunity to work closely with senior White House officials and science and technology (S&T) policy analysts in OSTP's policy divisions (Policy internship). The application deadline for the summer policy Internship is March 19, 2018. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must be enrolled, at least half-time, in an accredited college or university during the desired internship term. Students in undergraduate, graduate, law, LLM, and professional programs in all fields are encouraged to apply. (High school students are not eligible.) 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.

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.

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.

Naval Research Laboratory 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.

Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) External Link
An opportunity for qualified high school students to spend 8 weeks in a Department of Navy lab during the summer. The program aims to encourage students fo pursue science and engineering careers. Students work with scientists and engineers who act as mentors.

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) External Link
This ten-week paid intern program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in research, under the guidance of an appropriate research mentor, at a participating Navy laboratory.