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The 2023 Virtual Summer Opportunities to Advance Research (V-SOAR) program encourages a diverse group of college students who are not able to move to one of the NIH campuses over the summer, to conduct genomics research in collaboration with NIH scientists in a virtual environment. V-SOAR interns will meet daily as group from 10 a.m. to noon EDT to learn about genomics research and approaches and concepts needed to analyze genomic data sets. In addition to daily meetings, V-SOAR interns will prepare presentations, read scientific papers and analyze genomic data sets for group discussions. Each V-SOAR intern will be assigned an NIH mentor who will guide them through these activities. V-SOAR interns will participate in workshops and courses focused on wellness and the development of academic and professional skills to prepare for careers in health care and in social, behavioral, and biomedical research.

Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been underrepresented in health-related sciences; Students with disabilities; students who are Pell Grant-eligible; students who are enrolled in Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); students who identify as LGBTQ; and individuals disadvantaged by circumstances that have negatively impacted their educational opportunities, including recent natural disasters, are encouraged to apply.

V-SOAR activities will include:

  • Orientation
  • Full-time research
  • Discussions on how to read a scientific paper and prepare a scientific talk
  • Discussions of concepts in genomic research
  • Leadership development program focused on self-exploration, building resiliency, understanding conflict, finding mentors, and understanding emotional intelligence
  • Completion of an Individual Development Plan or IDP
  • Presentations by former fellows about their career trajectories
  • NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair
  • NIH Virtual Summer Poster Day

Attendance at these V-SOAR group activities will be required.

V-SOAR interns are a part of the larger NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP), so all opportunities and responsibilities that apply to other SIP interns also apply to them.


V-SOAR applicants must meet all eligibility requirements for the NIH Summer Internship Program. They must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Enroll at least half-time in an accredited U.S. college or university at the time of application submission as a rising sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Be at least seventeen years of age by June 15, 2023
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Applicants must complete the standard NIH Summer Internship Program application for 2023. Students must choose 'V-SOAR' in Item 9 to be considered by the V-SOAR program. The online application is due January 29, 2023, and the deadline for letters of recommendation is February 5. Students who are interested in V-SOAR only should apply to this program.


Individuals who are selected to participate in the 2023 V-SOAR Program will work closely with OITE staff throughout the mentor selection process. They will be matched with a group of NIH principal investigators (PIs) who have indicated their interest in coordinating the V-SOAR program. V-SOAR applicants should not contact NIH intramural scientists to discuss placements.

ALL interns in the V-SOAR program must be available from June 5, 2023, to August 4, 2023. Summer internships are full-time positions; interns are expected to devote a minimum of 40 hours per week to their projects and training. In return, interns receive a stipend, determined by educational level.

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Support for V-SOAR is generously provided by the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health and the NIH Office of AIDS Research.

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