Student Programs

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.

Internship Program

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.

Supporting Documents

Werner H. Kirsten Student Intern Program (WHKSIP)

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.

Visiting Scholar Program

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.