Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research Description

The Summer Internship in Biomedical Research offers students the unique opportunity to join one of the NIAID research laboratories for a minimum of eight consecutive weeks.

  • Gain knowledge and be mentored by NIAID scientists who will help guide you in your research. Developing your technical skills and bench experience by participating in an existing research investigation.
  • Work with nationally and internationally recognized scientists in the realm of biomedical research in a state-of-the-art science facility.
  • Network with mentors and peers within the biomedical community.
  • Participate in a wide range of campus activities, including lecture series featuring National Institutes of Health (NIH) principal investigators, brown bag lunches, and peer networking opportunities.

Summer internships are available at NIAID Division of Intramural Research (DIR) laboratories in Bethesda or Rockville, Maryland, or at our research facility in Hamilton, Montana, known as Rocky Mountain Laboratories. The major areas of research focus on immunology, allergy, and infectious diseases. Visit NIAID DIR Laboratories and Other Resources to learn about the specific research projects underway at NIAID.

This program gives you an opportunity to

  • Gain knowledge and be mentored by NIAID scientists who will help guide you in your research. Researchers include Principal Investigators, Post Doctoral Fellows, Graduate Students, and Medical Students
  • Gain hands-on research experience that relates directly to today’s major global health concerns
  • Present your research project at the NIH-wide poster day event

Overview of Areas of Research

For more than 60 years, NIAID has been a leader in the struggle against disease, with research that has led to vaccines, diagnostic tests, and a myriad of technologies. This research has improved the health outlook for millions of Americans as well as the global community.

NIAID research advances are recognized in such areas as

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious diseases

These advances have led to major gains in our understanding of the human immune system and the mechanisms of infectious and immune-mediated diseases. See the NIAID DIR Laboratories and Other Resources page for more detailed information on laboratory research projects according to lab location.


Although summer interns usually begin their programs between mid May and mid June, there is some flexibility in the actual start date. The minimum time commitment is strictly 8 consecutive weeks, with 40 hours per week dedicated to the program.