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NIA Summer Internship Programs: Apply Today!

Class of 2017 with Dr. Torian Easterling (left), and Dr. Marie Bernard, Deputy Director, NIA (right).

STAR - Summer Trainee in Aging Research Program

The NIA Summer Internship Program, with over 25 years of history, offers unique opportunities for high school, college, graduate, and medical students, to develop skills in scientific research. In this program, based in Baltimore, Maryland, students receive hands-on research experience.

About the Program

NIA summer internships last from eight to ten weeks, beginning in late May and ending in mid-to-late August. Students receive hands-on experience and attend weekly seminars presented by NIA scientists. At the conclusion of the summer program, students present their data developed from their research project at the NIA Summer Student Poster Day. Program participants receive a stipend which is based on the amount of education completed at the time the fellowship begins.

The Diversity in Aging Research Pipeline Program (DARPP), is a multi-entry pipeline program to develop and expose underrepresented minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged students to aging research. Students will participate in ongoing NIH Training Programs to enter the pipeline and receive training from an NIA/IRP scientists in a highly mentored, structured environment. Long-term support and follow through will be provided to students as they matriculate through the various levels of education.

Summer Training in Aging Research logo

The SAILS Camp is a three-day training program designed specifically for High School 9th to 11th graders. The Camp will include lectures and interactive activities to help you develop the skills you need to be successful in science and learn about research and the exciting work being done at NIA.

Attend and take advantage of every opportunity in the program. This experience can be one of explosive personal and professional growth if you are open to it."
—Ashley Lawrence, NIA Summer Internship Student, 2013-2014

Eligibility and Application Process

To be eligible for this program, students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited U.S. high school, college, or university. Beginning in 2019, summer interns must be seventeen by June 15th of the internship year. Individuals who are in high school must meet two additional criteria: they must be either juniors or seniors, and, if they will not be eighteen by June 15th of the internship year, they must, at the time of application, reside within 40 miles of the NIH campus on which they hope to intern. Some flexibility exists to accommodate individual student needs.

The application period for the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) for Summer 2019 will open in December 2018. A complete description of the program requirements and application is available on the NIH OITE Training Website. In addition, the eligibility criteria, selection process, and the nature of the summer program for high school interns can be found on the new High School SIP (HS-SIP) webpage.

Living and Working in Baltimore

The Biomedical Research Center, where NIA Summer Interns will be developing their skills in NIA labs, is located on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus in Baltimore. Program contacts are available to provide general, unbiased opinions. Email is the best way to discuss housing concerns. We will provide as much information as possible. Our comments are not intended for advertising or other promotional purposes, nor does it represent their an endorsement or guarantee by the National Institutes of Health of the availability, price, or condition of any of the listings. Contact information for program staff is listed above.

Photo caption: Class of 2017 with Dr. Torian Easterling (left), and Dr. Marie Bernard, Deputy Director, NIA (right).