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NIH/NIDA Summer Internship in Biomedical Research

NIDA 2016 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:

  • seventeen (17) years of age or older by June 15, 2019. If they will be 17 years of age on June 15, 2019, at the time of application they must live within 40 miles of the NIH campus on which they will intern. This requirement does not apply to applicants who are 18 and older
  • high school juniors or seniors at the time of application 
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents. U.S. citizens may apply if they are enrolled at least half-time in high school. Permanent residents must be enrolled in a high school in the U.S. to be eligible.  

Students must apply for the program online before March 1. The online application is available starting around Nov. 15.

You can learn about NIDA and the research conducted by our investigators or 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 e-mail 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:

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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