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NIH/NIDA Summer Internship in Biomedical Research

NIDA 2013 Summer Students group photo

The National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA) Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research offers hands-on experience and a unique opportunity for high school, college, graduate and medical students to develop skills in scientific research. Summer internships generally last from eight to ten weeks, beginning in June and ending in August. Some flexibility exists to accommodate individual student needs.

To be eligible for this program, students must be:

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • At least 16 years of age; and
  • Enrolled at least half-time in an accredited U.S. high school, college or university.

Students must apply for the program electronically at the NIH Training Web site, The online application is available starting around Nov. 15. The application deadline is March 1.

You can learn about NIDA and the research conducted by our investigators at You can contact one of the investigators directly if you would like to intern with them.

Note: On the application, there is an item that asks for your institute preference. Select NIDA. After submitting your application, please send an e-mail to the NIDA Office of Education and Career Development ( to let us know you have applied to the NIDA Summer Program.

If you have any questions about the Summer Internship Program or the application process, please feel free to contact us via the information below.

Stephen Heishman, Ph.D.

Mary Pfeiffer, Ph.D.
Assistant Director

Rolanda Morris
Administrative Professional

NIDA Office of Education and Career Development, 443-740-2358


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