Take Advantage of NIAMS Opportunities at Each Stage in Your Education and Career

The NIAMS actively seeks interested candidates who want to learn about the latest advances in basic and clinical research at an early stage in their careers. We offer research training programs for students at all levels.

Our intramural researchers pursue projects in biomedical research ranging from fundamental analyses of protein structure and function (e.g., by high energy irradiation, x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, genetics, and biomedical approaches) to more directly applicable research on treatment, etiology, and pathogenesis of a variety of connective tissue and skin diseases. Students may take part in research projects, learn a variety of laboratory techniques, and, in many cases, be responsible for carrying out experiments. Students also attend seminars, journal clubs, data sessions, and safety and other training courses available to the intramural scientific community.

Education levels

All Academic Levels

NIAMS Scientific Summer Student Program

Students spend the summer working in a NIAMS research laboratory to gain an understanding of and experience with basic biomedical research. Learn more

NIH Administrative Summer Opportunities

Students interested in learning more about how the NIH operates spend the summer learning about the inner workings of NIH in an administrative office setting. Learn more

Undergraduate Students

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The NIH provides competitive scholarships for exceptional students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing degrees in fields related to biomedical research. Learn more


Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award

Recent college graduates who plan to apply to graduate or professional school to spend one or two years gaining laboratory training experience. Learn more

NIH Academy

Recent college graduates with an interest in health disparities spend the year working with investigators to enhance knowledge of gaps in health outcomes and address disparity issues. Learn more

Graduate and Medical Students

Graduate Partnerships Program

Graduate students conduct all or part of their dissertation research at NIH through the NIH-University Ph.D. training partnership (duration of 3-5 years). Learn more

Predoctoral or Interim Intramural Research Training Award

Graduate or medical students who desire an interim or year-off research experience gain research skills.

Predoctoral Visiting Fellow Program

Foreign graduate students in doctoral programs participate in a year-long research training experience at the NIH.

Other Internships

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

Internships in federal agencies and corporations.

National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)

Internships in government and industry for students enrolled in historically and predominantly black colleges and universities.

Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS)

Internships in federal agencies, private sector and American Indian/Alaska Native organizations.

Last Updated: August 2019