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Summer Internship Program (SIP)

Welcome to the 2023 NCI Summer Internship Program!

Each November, the NIH recruits students across the nation to gain research experience in the biomedical sciences.  This year, almost 260 high school students, undergrads, and graduate students have been selected to participate in cancer research across the NCI Divisions, Offices, and Centers (DOCs). There will be numerous events designed to help you learn more about the NCI, assist you in your projects, and encourage your professional development.  Summer is always an exciting time, and completing an internship isn’t easy, but we hope that you are able to gain the skills and tools you need for your next career stage.


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Credit: National Cancer Institute

"Welcome to 2023 NCI Summer Internship Program! Cancer is one of the great challenges of our time, and people at NCI are making progress every day. Contributions are made from people with many different skills, experiences and talents and at every career stage. I hope that your participation this summer is a step in your own biomedical research career. Please know that the NCI and NIH are always here to partner and support you in this journey." 

-Oliver Bogler, Ph.D., Director of Center for Cancer Training



Summer Orientations and Mandatory Training

There will be a lot of information available to help you get started in the summer. The best way to get acclimated is to attend the summer orientations.  There are two types of orientations: one hosted by the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) and one hosted by NCI. All summer interns are required to attend an OITE orientation and an NCI orientation.  High-school summer interns (HS-SIPs) are required to attend either the OITE orientation OR the NCI orientation*.

NCI DOCs host summer orientations to provide an introduction to NCI, an overview of the trainee experience, as well as pertinent information for the summer (including logistics and curriculum).  Please review the dates and attend the orientation that is closest to your start date.

You can find the complete list of orientations and mandatory trainings here.

Summer Curriculum

There are a number of NIH and NCI training opportunities this summer.  The NIH OITE is offering weekly curriculum, summer intensives that focus on particular issues in science, and summer journal clubs.  See the OITE Summer Intern News website for additional information.   

The training offices at NCI have also put together curriculum to complement the offerings by NIH OITE.  Information about upcoming NCI events, including the meeting details, will be sent weekly via email.  All offerings listed are open to all NCI summer interns across the DOCs.

NCI Summer Curriculum



CBIIT Leadership Panel Discussion

June 5, 2023 2:30 - 3:30PM ET

Virtual - Join Meeting

CBIIT Former Intern Panel Discussion June 8, 2023 10:00 - 11:00AM ET Virtual - Join Meeting
Literature Search Process Demonstration June 16, 2023 11:00AM - 12:00PM ET Virtual - Register here
Introduction to SAS July 6, 2023 1:00 - 3:00PM ET Virtual - Join Meeting
CCR Young Investigator Panel July 7, 2023 1:00 - 2:30PM ET Virtual - Join Meeting
DCEG Career Panel July 7, 2023 11:00AM - 12:30PM ET In-person Shady Grove Campus
Tools and Resources to Support a Research Fellowship July 14, 2023 10:00AM - 12:00PM ET Virtual - Join Meeting
DCEG Medical School Panel July 14, 2023 11:00AM - 12:00PM ET In-person Shady Grove Campus

Additional Opportunities

BTEP Bioinformatics Trainings

On Tuesdays from June 13th through July 25th, there will be six sessions to help you further your bioinformatics training.  Each class stands alone, and you can attend any session that you find beneficial. The sessions take place from 1:00PM – 2:00PM.  Register here

Epidemiology 101

On Thursdays from June 8th through July 27th, there will be a science seminar series where NCI postdocs will provide a brief overview of scientific topics relevant to cancer research such as pharmacology, genetics/genomics, microbiology, and immunology.  Each session will take place from 10:00AM – 11:00AM.

In-Person: Shady Grove Campus (please contact Dominiqua Griffin for additional information)


Other Important Dates

Date Title Notes

July 19

NIH Graduate and Professional Fair

This will be a hybrid event, with a mixture of in-person (July 19th) and virtual sessions that will occur from (July 24th – August 11th)

August 1

NCI DCEG Poster Day

This event is specifically for DCEG summer interns and provides a more intimate presentation experience on the Shady Grove campus.

August 3-4

NIH Summer Poster Day

Registration will occur June 12th – July 7th. August 3rd will be in person, while August 4th will be held virtually.

August 8

NCI CCR Poster Day

This event is specifically for CCR summer interns and provides a more intimate presentation experience for CCR interns and mentors.

For Summer Mentors

Thank you for helping to make summer 2023 a success! We provided a Mentor Orientation to help you prepare for your summer intern. If you were unable to attend, please find the recording and the slides below. Should you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your summer coordinator. You may also find helpful information in the NIH Summer Handbook.

 Mentor Orientation w/ Jackie Lavigne, M.P.H., Ph.D. held on May 9, 2023 - video and slides

Important Contact Information

If you have any questions or issues during your internship, please don’t hesitate to contact your Summer Coordinator. 

Center for Cancer Research  - Bethesda 

SIP - Vi Black & HS-SIP - Chanelle Case Borden 

Center for Cancer Research - Frederick 

Carrie Wagerman                   

Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics  

Diane Wigfield & Dominiqua Griffin

Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences 

Richard Moser 

Center for Biomedical Informatics & Information Technology 

Shannon Silkensen

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