The internship program provides an opportunity to spend a summer working side by side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the new 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; and Detroit, MI.


No specific disciplines, but most summer positions are in research laboratories. The applicant should have successfully completed courses in biology and chemistry.


Awards cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. Students who are selected receive a monthly stipend based on education level and experience.


Applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • At least 16 years of age.
  • Currently enrolled at least half-time in high school or an accredited U.S. college or university. Students who have been accepted into a college or university program also may apply.

Application deadline is March 1st for all participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Applications are accepted only from mid-November through March 1.