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2017 Summer Students
2017 Summer Students

Students in high school, college, graduate, or professional school are eligible for either of two summer programs at NIDA IRP:

In both programs, students work directly with a NIDA scientist on a biomedical research project for 8-10 weeks, thereby gaining hands-on research experience and training.  Events include a scientific seminar series, neuroscience lectures, and workshops on poster preparation, giving oral presentations, and planning for graduate and medical school.  The summer experience culminates in early August with two Poster Days, one at NIDA in Baltimore and one at NIH in Bethesda.

For both programs, you must be

  • at least 16 years old before the internship begins
  • a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • enrolled at least half-time in high school, college, graduate, medical, or dental school or accepted into college or graduate school

Applications for the SIP must be submitted online between November 15 and March 1.  When the application is complete, it enters a searchable database and becomes available to all NIH investigators.  Early applications are encouraged because most investigators begin searching for students in January.  Contacting individual investgators is strongly encouraged.

For further information about the SIP, you can contact Rolanda Morris at phone: 443-740-2358 or email:

For further information about the RTPUP, you can contact Christie Brannock at phone: 443-740-2657 or email:

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