Frequently Asked Questions, Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

  1. How are the selections made?
    Selections are made at the laboratory level. Researchers review applications and references to determine the most suitable applicants for their laboratories. For additional information, read the “Selection Process” page. Researchers will contact applicants directly. (For tips on telephone interviewing read, Phone Interviewing for Internships.)

  2. When will I be notified if I am selected?
    Researchers make most selections in March and April. The investigator who has selected you or an administrative officer in his/her laboratory will contact you by phone or email. Once you have accepted an offer, you will receive further instructions via email.

    Students who have not been selected will be notified via email from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) by early May.

  3. What information should I include on the cover letter portion of my application?
    Please refer to our Web page “Helpful Hints for Creating a Strong Application” for insight on how to create a persuasive and professional application.

  4. What should I expect during my phone interview with the principal investigator or lab chief?
    Please refer to our “Phone Interviewing for Internships” for help in preparing for your interview.

  5. What is the minimum age requirement to participate in the Summer Internship Program?
    Students are required to be 16 years of age when they come to the NIH campus to begin their internship. (There are no exceptions to this statute.) Applications will be accepted from students who are not yet 16 but who will turn 16 prior to their start date.

  6. What are the important dates for the NIAID Summer Internship Program?
    Applications for the program open mid-November. Other important dates for the program include:

Activity Date
Applications open November 16th
Deadline for submitting completed applications March 1st
Deadline for submitting completed reference letters March 15th
Offers of internship Researchers will be visiting the database of applications beginning November; this will be an ongoing process until the positions are filled.