Summer Internship In Biomedical Research


A young woman wearing scrubs and gloves peers into a microscope in a lab.Do you want to spend your summer doing cutting-edge biomedical research? Consider applying to the Summer Internship Program (SIP) at the NHLBI!

Our internship program invites top high school, college, and graduate students to conduct research under our award-winning scientists and principal investigators. Students also enjoy an array of professional development and mentorship opportunities. Are you interested? Read on to explore how you might fit at the NHLBI.

Join us for an Information Session

We’ll discuss program requirements, deadlines, and available supports in a session led by the Director of the Office of Education.

November 15, 3:30pm EST
December 6, 6:30pm EST


When signing up, please make sure to choose either the Summer Internship or Mishoe Program  information session option above the calendar. This will make sure you sign up for the correct session in November or December.

Who can apply?

Applicant requirements:

  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • 17 years or older by June 15th of the internship year
  • Current high school, college, graduate or professional school student (includes students in medical and dental school)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

*Background Check

In order to be approved for logical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems, candidates must be able to pass a Federal background check, using Standard Form-85 (read SF-85PDF). NOTE: Section 14 of the form asks, "In the last year, have you used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs?" The question pertains to the illegal use of drugs or controlled substances in accordance with Federal laws, even though permissible under state laws.

How to apply?

Step 1: Prepare your application. Looking for application tips? Check out this video: Applying Successfully to the NIH Summer Internship (SIP).

Step 2: Submit your application through the OITE application portal. We accept applications between December 15 and March 1.

Step 3: Look into the various research institutes at the NHLBI and contact NHLBI investigators that you are interested in working with. Introduce yourself and let them know you are interested in working in their lab.

*Need help picking a PI? Here are some tips.

How will I be paid?

Funding rates are based on experience and determined annually. For this year’s stipend rates, check out the OITE Student IRTA Stipend link.

The NHLBI is always looking to increase the diversity of our applicant pool, consistent with NIH’s Notice of Interest in Diversity, NOT-OD-20-031. We highly encourage students from under-represented populations or disadvantaged backgrounds to apply. For more information, reach out to us at

Content updated October 2022