NIH Programs

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers a variety of summer internship programs for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP)
Participants travel to Bethesda, Maryland for this eight week mentored research program. Students work with scientists from around the world to focus on biomedical research at the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center. Other research sites include, Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI. Students must be at least 16 years old and enrolled in high school, college, or university at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students who will be enrolled in the coming fall are eligible as well. More information about the program can be found here,

Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP)
This program is identical to the SIP program (above) but is geared towards students attending community college interested in biomedicine. Student who are at least 16 years old and enrolled at least half time in an accredited community college are eligible to apply to this eight week program. Students will also complete an enrichment curriculum that includes career and professional development topics. More information about the program can be found at:

Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP)
Undergraduate biomedical engineering students travel to Bethesda, Maryland for a ten week mentored research program focusing on cutting edge biomedical research projects. Undergraduate biomedical engineering students who have completed their junior year of college are eligible to apply.
Contact: Dr. Robert Lutz
Phone: 301-435-1944 (Office) or 301-435-9349 (Lab)

Cancer Research Interns (CRI) Summer Internship Program
Participants interested in cancer related research travel to Bethesda, Maryland to be a summer intern at the Center for Cancer Research. Students must be at least 18 years old and from groups under-represented in biomedical science or disadvantaged backgrounds are eligible to apply. For more information visit or call (301) 496-4345 or (240) 276-7786.

Diversity in Vision Research and Ophthalmology (DIVRO)
Participants interested in research or medicine travel to Bethesda, Maryland for 8-12 weeks to intern at the National Eye Institute. Underrepresented minority students age sixteen and over who are enrolled at least half-time in high school or in an U.S. college or university and have completed course work relevant to biomedical, behavioral, or statistical research are eligible to apply.
Contact: Dr. Cesar Perez-Gonzalez
Phone:  301-451-6763