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About National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)—an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—is made up of 27 separate institutes and centers, each of which focuses on a different area of research. NIH is the world’s largest biomedical research institution. 80% of its budget funds more than 30,000 research personnel at over 3,000 universities and institutions and the Institute also employs about 6,000 scientists in its own labs. Current research focuses on such diverse areas as genomics, imaging and bioterrorism defense.

In the Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research, students work with researchers and scientists in laboratories focusing on specific areas of research such as cancer, child health, drug abuse, the human genome and mental health. Students should contact researchers directly if interested in particular labs.


Open to high school students over the age of 16, college students, graduate students and professional students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled at least half-time in an accredited U.S. institution.

National Institutes of Health

NIH Office of Intramural Training & Research
National Institutes of Health
2 Center Drive, Room 2W11A, MSC 0240
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301)-496-2427


Number of Interns: 101 or more
Compensation/Benefits: Paid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students


Baltimore, MD
Boston, MA
Detroit, MI
Helena, MT
Little Rock, AR
Wilmington, NC