Program Description

The summer program at the NIAMS is a stimulating and rewarding experience that provides an opportunity for you to work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Intramural investigators pursue diverse biomedical research projects that include fundamental analyses of protein structure and function, cell biology, signal transduction, gene regulation, tissue development and differentiation, and genetics and immunology. They also conduct research on the genetics, etiology, pathogenesis, and treatment of a variety of rheumatic, autoimmune, inflammatory, joint, skin, and muscle diseases.

Outstanding opportunities exist for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students contemplating a career in biomedical research or academic medicine.

Applications are now closed for the 2024 program.
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Credit Martyn Green

Key Features

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  • Train in conducting cutting-edge basic, translational, and clinical research.
  • Receive career mentoring from leading investigators.
  • Learn new technologies, scientific investigative skills, research ethics, and the use of information technologies.
  • Attend formal lectures and symposia dealing with the latest advances in health research.
  • Network and exchange information with peers and other members of the NIH scientific community.
  • Gain experience presenting scientific results at journal clubs, lab seminars, the Annual NIAMS Intramural Research Program Retreat, and the Annual NIH Summer Research Poster Day.


The Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research is for undergraduates and students in professional programs (M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., D.D.S., Pharm. D., etc.) who meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • A student or prospective student:
    • Enrolled at least half-time in an accredited U.S. college/university/medical school/dental school. OR
    • Accepted for fall admission to an accredited U.S. college/university/medical school/dental school.
  • Able to arrive at the NIH in mid-May or early June and commit a minimum of eight consecutive weeks to the program. Students enrolled in the program are expected to work full time in the lab for eight weeks. Vacation time is not permitted due to the short duration for the program.
  • All are welcome to apply, including those from underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and persons from disadvantaged backgrounds or with disabilities.

Training Period

Summer internships begin in mid-May or early June, depending on your schedule and that of the lab you will be working with. You must commit to a minimum of eight consecutive weeks for the internship.

Financial Support

Funding rates are based on experience and determined annually. Rates from last year’s program are listed below for reference (effective May 1, 2023).

Education Level CompletedMonthly Stipend
Undergraduate: After 1 year$3,010
Undergraduate: After 2 years$3,150
Undergraduate: After >= 3 years$3,310
Graduate: Less than 1 year$3,480
Graduate: After 1 year$3,660
Graduate: After 2 years$3,910
Graduate: After >= 3 years$4,190

How to Apply

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    Students in a classroom.

    Visit the websites of the NIAMS Intramural Labs and Branches to identify a laboratory interests you or explore the labs by research area.

  2. Prepare your application which should include the following:
    • Curriculum vitae or resume.
    • List of your publications.
    • Cover letter describing your research interests, career goals, and the scientific methodologies or disease/organ systems that interest you.
      • Include information on past research experience, science awards, honors, student programs and participation in scientific meetings, if applicable.
      • Include any abstracts and scientific papers, if available.
    • Names and contact information for two references.
      • Request recommendation letters from science faculty, preceptors, etc., that have direct knowledge of your scientific interests and abilities.

3. Submit your application online through the OITE Application Portal. Applications are accepted from November 15 to February 16. Apply early for ample consideration. Admissions are considered on a rolling basis.

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Additional Considerations for Your Application

  • Be sure to select NIAMS - The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases as a top institute of choice.
  • Proofread your application.
  • Write a strong cover letter describing your interest in health-related research, future academic plans, and reasons for seeking an internship at the NIH.
  • Visit the websites of other NIH Institutes and Centers that may be of interest to you.

Applicant Selection

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Summer interns are selected by a committee and finalized by the NIAMS (CDOB) on a rolling basis. If you are specifically interested in our institute we recommend mentioning "NIAMS" in your personal statement. Selections are made based on the information supplied on the candidate’s application. Candidates interested in working in specific laboratories or research areas within NIAMS should indicate their preferences on the application.

The CDOB office will inform candidates of their selection. Successful candidates will be required to submit the following documentation prior to beginning their training:

  • Official college, or graduate school transcripts.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. U.S. citizens may submit a copy of their birth certificate or passport. Permanent residents will need to provide a copy of their alien registration card.
  • COVID vaccination status.

More Information

Contact Us

Janelle Hauserman, Ph.D.

Training Director
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda MD 20892

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