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Clinical Center Summer Internships

Interested in a clinical research career?

The NIH Clinical Center (CC) Summer Internship Program offers summer internships to students who are U.S citizens or permanent residents and are currently enrolled in high school, college, graduate programs, and health professional schools including nursing and medicine.

Each year, more than 7,000 students apply to the National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program. From this pool, approximately 50 students are selected to participate in the Clinical Center's internship experience. At the Clinical Center— the nation's largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research—students work with mentors who are researchers and health professionals; participate in the NIH Research Poster Festival with results generated by their work in this summer program; and attend weekly lectures presented by NIH investigators

Highlights of Previous CC Summer Interns

  • Photo: Briana Robertson, KIPP DC. 2012 CC Summer Intern, Department of Nursing [disclaimer]
  • Podcast: Marina Sanchez-Cardenas, University of La Verne (CA). 2011 CC Summer Intern, Department of Social Work
  • Article: Phillip Mussenden, Jr, Howard University School of Medicine. 2010 CC Summer Intern, Hospital Epidemiology Service
  • Poster Titles: CC Summer Interns, Department of Clinical Research Informatics

2013 Summer Internship Experience
The start date for the 2013 program is June 17, 2013. The summer internship is 40 hours a week for 8 weeks. Selected students must participate in the program for eight, uninterrupted weeks, leaving no earlier than August 8, 2013.

Apply to the NIH Summer Internship Program: November-March 1
Before applying, please review our FAQs. Applications are accepted from late-November through March 1 each year. Apply on-line using the NIH-wide application and specify your interest in the 'Clinical Center.' Students will receive notice of application acceptance by early April.

For more information, please email the CC Summer Internship Program staff.

This page last reviewed on 11/20/12

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