Overview

The NIAMS Intramural Research Program Career Development and Outreach Branch (CDOB), also known as the NIAMS Training Office, is responsible for managing and enriching the overall research training experiences of trainees at all educational levels, attracting the best trainees and providing them with a genuine growth experience, thus enhancing their ability to compete for independent research careers within and outside the NIH.

Staff assist in the application process — from identifying research laboratories with projects matching the interests of the candidate, arranging interviews with prospective preceptors, relocating and living in the Washington, DC area, and assisting in the transition into the Intramural Research Program. The Office develops educational curricula and training plans and assists fellows in a customized training program. Fellows seeking specialized sources of training are encouraged to contact office staff for assistance.

We serve as a resource for all NIAMS students, fellows, and their sponsors. This office works in partnership with existing NIAMS and NIH entities to ensure that we continue to attract the best fellows and provide them with a genuine growth experience enhancing their ability to compete for independent research careers within and outside the NIH.

New to NIAMS? Read 'Information for New Staff at NIAMS' to learn more.

Read about some of our NIAMS Intramural Research Program (IRP) alumni.

Programs

Enhance your research skills by working side-by-side with leading scientists in a collaborative and enriching environment with state-of-the-art facilities.

Student Programs

Find an array of programs for students of all levels, including high school students, undergraduates, postbaccalaureates, and graduate and medical students. Learn more about student programs

Postdoctoral Training

Train with NIAMS scientists for 3-5 years in a mentored environment and with access to our core research facilities. Learn more about postdoc research training

Clinical Fellowships

Gain both clinical and laboratory experience with approved credit toward residency training, subspecialty training or Board certification. Learn more about clinical rheumatology fellowships

Scholars in Translational Research

Receive advanced training in rheumatology and related fields in genetics, immunology and inflammation biology after completing clinical training in adult or pediatric rheumatology. Learn more

Tenure and Tenure-Track Positions

Pursue a permanent position and a long-term commitment of salary, personnel, and research resources to conduct an independent research program within the scope of the NIAMS' mission. Learn more

Services

Intramural Research Program Support

  • Identify, implement, and assess training needs to ensure that the NIAMS provides a broad range of training activities, e.g., how to write research proposals and manuscripts, how to interview, how to manage a lab, research ethics, how to effectively collaborate with others.
  • Assist sponsors by providing guidance on mentoring.
  • Create a structure for semi-annual progress evaluations between mentors and fellows.
  • Perform recruitment activities and track alumni.
  • Serve as a resource for information about various societies with information on membership, news, upcoming events, etc.
  • Insure pay equity by conducting salary surveys and pay analysis.
  • Evaluate progress of the program by utilizing surveys and performing exit interviews.

Counseling and Mentoring

  • Prepare fellows for independent employment through career development activities.
  • Make opportunities available for formal and informal discussions through seminars, joint group meetings, regular journal clubs, formal courses, etc.
  • Serve as a link to available grants and awards.
  • Serve as a resource for information about various societies with information on membership, news, upcoming events, etc.
  • Provide information on housing, local transportation, banking on campus, etc. and assist in integrating new fellows into the NIH community.
  • Serve as a resource for problem resolution and referral to available resources such as the Work and Family Life Center, the Employee Assistance Program, and the NIH Office of the Ombudsman.
  • Provide visa information for Visiting Program Participants.
  • Coordinate access to the loan repayment program.

Staff

Chief
301-402-2533
Administrative Assistant
301-451-2615
Scientific Program Manager
301-496-0801

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Latest News

Spotlight on Research | November 8, 2018

2018 NIAMS Summer Students Look Back on Their Experiences

The 2018 NIAMS Scientific Summer Student Program accepted 16 interns from different regions of the United States based on their schooling and their proposed future contributions to the area of biomedical research specifically focused on NIAMS mission areas.
Spotlight on Research | October 5, 2017

2017 NIAMS Summer Interns Reflect on Their Experiences

The NIAMS offers a Summer Research Internship Program on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md., that provides outstanding opportunities for high school, undergraduate, graduate and medical students contemplating a career in biomedical research or academic medicine.
Spotlight on Research | October 23, 2016

NIAMS Interns Share Their 2016 Summer Experiences

Our 2016 summer interns received career mentoring from NIAMS researchers, attended lectures and symposia, engaged in basic and clinical research, and gained notable experience that will help them pursue their career goals. Students described their experiences in their own words.
NIH Record stories | September 23, 2016

NIAMS Program Trains New Generation of Scientists

This summer, 18 students from all regions of the United States spent 8 weeks in the NIAMS Summer Research Program. They received career mentoring from senior researchers, participated in poster sessions, attended lectures and symposia and engaged in basic and clinical research.
Spotlight on Research | September 15, 2015

NIAMS Interns Share Their 2015 Summer Experiences

Our 2015 summer interns received career mentoring from NIAMS researchers, attended lectures and symposia, engaged in basic and clinical research, and gained notable experience that will help them pursue their career goals. It is our pleasure to share with you their summer experiences.
Letter from the Director | February 19, 2015

Highlights from the NIAMS Intramural Research Program

The NIAMS Intramural Research Program (IRP) has an established tradition of excellence, with a strong focus on long-term, high-risk research into the genetics and pathophysiology of human disease, and the development of innovative therapies for a number of serious disorders for which satisfactory treatments previously did not exist.

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