Summer Internship Program: Predoctoral and Postbaccalaureate Fellowships for Graduates

NIAMS Summer Program
Bethesda, MD.
Type Academic Enrichment, Basic Science Research, High School Students


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 high school, undergraduate, graduate and medical students contemplating a career in biomedical research or academic medicine. Some key features of the program are:

  • Train in conduct cutting-edge basic 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, and the Annual NIH Summer Research Poster Day.


The Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research is for students 16 years of age or older who meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • A student or prospective student:
    • Enrolled at least half-time in high school or 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 May or June and commit a minimum of eight 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

More Information

Robert Walker, Ph.D.
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda MD 20892