The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), offers a variety of internship programs to students, starting in high school. There are summer positions as well as part-time, year-round internships that provide high-school students and college undergraduates with the opportunity to work in an NCI research lab. Visit the links below to learn more about specific programs and awards and how to apply.
Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides 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.
Eligibility: The Summer Internship Program is for students who will be sixteen years
of age or older at the time they begin the program and who are currently enrolled
at least half-time in high school or an accredited U.S. college or university as
undergraduate, graduate, or professional students. Students who have been accepted
into a college or university program may also apply. To be eligible, candidates
must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Stipend Information: The stipends for trainees are adjusted yearly; the level depends
on prior experience. For details, see the Trainee Stipends page.
This program, located at NCI-Frederick, is designed to expose Frederick, Carroll
or Washington County Public School Systems, St. John's Catholic Prep (Frederick,
MD), Frederick Christian Academy (Frederick, MD), Poolesville High School (Montgomery
County, MD); Fairfield High (Fairfield, PA) or Jefferson County Public School System
(West Virginia), and Home Schooled (in these school areas) seniors to research through
"hands-on" laboratory training. Students work full-time (40 hours per week) for
8 consecutive weeks during the summer and continue during the school year (3 hours
per day) as a student volunteer for high school graduation credit. During the summer,
each student in this program receives a stipend of approximately $3,400. For more
information visit the
Werner H. Kirsten Student Internship Program (SIP) site.
The Visiting Scholars Program (VSP) is a unique opportunity for scientists to access
the intellectual capital and state-of-the-art facilities of the only federal national
laboratory in the United States devoted exclusively to biomedical research — the
Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research.