National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Program (SIP)

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Program (SIP)

The National Institutes of Health (NIP) offers a Summer Internship Program (SIP) in biomedical research, as well as additional SIP subprograms with specific research focuses, eligibility requirements, and research emphases; subprograms are administered by the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education and include:
– NIH College Summer Opportunities to Advance Research (C-SOAR)
– Graduate Summer Opportunity to Advance Research (G-SOAR) Program
– Graduate Data Science Summer Program (GDSSP)
– Amgen Scholars Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Summer programs and subprograms at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research (At the NIH “biomedical sciences” includes everything from behavioral and social sciences, through biology and chemistry, to physics, mathematical modeling, computational biology, and biostatistics).

Students who are selected receive a monthly stipend that is based on education level and experience. Stipends are provided by the laboratory or Institute that offers an applicant a position. If a lab does not have the funds to cover the stipend, they may invite you to join the lab as an unpaid Special Volunteer.

Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes/Centers and the Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) sponsor a wide range of summer activities including an orientation to help interns get off to a good start, lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day.

Location of award, if applicable:

Eligible applicants:

– must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
– are 18 years of age or older
– are in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional school at the time of application
– have successfully completed courses in biology and chemistry.

There may be additional eligibily requirements for specific subprograms.

University endorsement required?

Citizenship requirement:

No citizenship requirement

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Program (SIP) application process:

Consult the program’s website for eligibility requirements and to see if the SIP in biomedical research or one of the subprograms is a good fit for your career and academic goals. Consult your mentor(s) as well.

Review the website’s application video here:

Applications are due March 1 for the SIP in biomedical research. However, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, it is best to apply close to when the application opens in early December.

Applications for the various subprograms have their own timeline; consult the website for more information on each subprogram.

Application components include:
– cover letter
– resume
– two letters of recommendation
– a list of your courses and grades

Interested? Contact CFSA for information on how to get started!

Advising contact:

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising  Email: More Information:

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