The Summers of Discovery program provides internships to outstanding high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical/biological sciences to work on a research project that entails exposure to the latest biochemical, molecular, and analytical techniques in a given field. Participants are selected by scientific mentors from the NIEHS Division of Intramural Research. The research mentoring experience is supplemented by a series of seminars and workshops featuring some of the Institute’s leading researchers and staff that provide participants with a good overview of environmental health sciences. There is also a poster session at the end of the summer (usually the last Wednesday of July) where participants display the results of their research efforts and respond to questions as they would when participating in a national scientific meeting.
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (no exceptions). Currently enrolled, full-time or part-time (at least half-time) in a degree granting program in high school, college, graduate or professional school (e.g., medical, dental, etc.). If you are a graduating senior, you must be enrolled in an upcoming fall semester at the next higher level of education the semester before and after the summer for which you are applying. Good academic standing. A strong interest or pursuing studies in disciplines related to biomedical research, including the biological, chemical, physical, behavioral and computational sciences, and biomedical engineering. At least 16 years old upon entry on duty/start date.