Summer Internship Program (SIP)
The National Cancer Institute offers a summer research internship for students interested in exploring careers in all areas of cancer research, including basic, clinical, and translational research, epidemiology, biostatistics, and genetics.
For 2021, the Summer Internship Program is entirely virtual. This year, over 200 high school students, undergrads, and graduate students were selected to experience cancer research across the NCI. Beginning June 1st, summer interns will be able to participate in NIH and NCI online, using virtual curricula developed to enhance the virtual summer research experience. Students who are not part of this year’s internship program are also welcome to attend unless otherwise specified.
The OITE is offering a weekly curriculum (on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons), that focuses on particular issues in science, wellness, and summer journal clubs.
NCI Summer Intern Curriculum
The NCI training offices have developed a curriculum to complement the offerings by NIH OITE. Information about upcoming NCI events, including meeting details, will be sent weekly via email.
"Welcome to NCI's first virtual Summer Intern Program! You are coming to NCI's outstanding intramural research program at a very exciting time, where tremendous progress is being made, despite the pandemic. Our Director, Dr. Ned Sharpless has called it a golden age for cancer research and under his leadership we are making great progress. I hope that your participation this summer is the start of your own biomedical research career, and please now that the NCI and NIH are always here to partner and support you in this journey." - Dr. Oliver Bogler, Director, Center for Cancer Training
Completing your Virtual Internship
To ensure interns can successfully work on research projects remotely, NIH is offering a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that provides access to the appropriate NIH resources. With VDI, interns will securely access NIH resources, such as NIH email, web browsers, web conferencing tools, file-storage and file-sharing tools, Microsoft 365 applications, and scientific applications—all from a personal computer. VDI will be available June 1st through August 31st. If you have any questions concerning the Virtual Desktop or other IT related issues, please contact Shannon Silkensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All summer interns are required to attend the NCI orientation. High-school summer interns are required to attend both NIH and NCI orientations. Please note, all times are in EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).
Meeting Number: 172 013 4932
|NIH Orientation* (required for HS-SIP)||06/21/2021||10:30AM - 12:00PM||CLOSED|
|NCI Orientation||06/22/2021||10:00 - 11:00 AM||CLOSED|
|NIH Orientation* (required for HS-SIP)||06/28/2021||10:30AM - 12:00PM||CLOSED|
|NCI Orientation||06/29/2021||2:00 - 3:00 PM||CLOSED|
NCI Science Bootcamp
On Wednesdays from 10:00AM – 11:00AM on June 9th – July 14th, NCI postdocs will provide a brief overview of scientific topics relevant to cancer research such as pharmacology, genetics/genomics, microbiology, and immunology.
Meeting Number: 160 463 7474
|Fusion Genes as Cancer Drivers||06/23/2021||Soumya Sundara Rajan||CLOSED|
|Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy||06/30/2021||Anagha Krishnan & Neha Wali||CLOSED|
|Cognition and Behavior in Clinical Trials||07/07/2021||Amanda Rhodes & Nour Al Ghriwati||CLOSED|
|Drug Design and Immunotherapy||07/14/2021||Domenico D'atri||CLOSED|
On Fridays from June 11th – July 16th, speakers will provide information about the NCI training experience, as well as professional development topics such as how to perform literature searches, science communication, and guidance for medical/graduate school.
Meeting Number: 160 283 9840
|CCR Young Investigators Panel||06/18/2021||2:00 - 3:30 PM||CLOSED|
|Best Practices for Literature Searching (NIH Library)||06/25/2021||10:00 - 11:45 AM||CLOSED|
|DCCPS Young Investigators Panel||06/25/2021||2:00 - 3:30 PM||CLOSED|
|Getting into Medical School: Advice from a recent graduate||07/02/2021||10:00 - 11:30 AM||CLOSED|
|Virtual Jeopardy Tournament||07/02/2021||12:00 - 2:30 PM||CLOSED|
|DCEG Young Investigators Panel||07/09/2021||2:00 - 3:30 PM||CLOSED|
|Making The Most of Your Mentor Relationship||07/12/2021||11:00am-12:00pm||CLOSED|
There are additional ad hoc events, as shown below, that complement the NCI Friday activities. These events are for current NCI summer interns only. Your summer coordinator will advertise information about events each week and provide the meeting details.
|Introduction to SAS||06/21/2021||CLOSED|
|Introduction to Cancer Biology (required for CRI fellows)||07/07/ 2021||CLOSED|
|Tools and Resources to Support Cancer Research||07/08/2021||CLOSED|
|Creating and Presenting Virtual Posters||07/08/2021||CLOSED|
|NIH Graduate and Professional Week||07/19/2021- 07/22/2021||CLOSED|
|NIH Summer Research Presentation Week||08/03/2021 - 08/05/2021||11:00am-4:30pm|
Important Contact Information
If you have any questions or issues during your internship, please don't hesitate to contact your NCI Summer Coordinator.
|CCR - Bethesda||SIP - Vi Black & HS-SIP - Chanelle Case Borden|
|CCR - Frederick||Marsha Nelson-Duncan|
How It Works - Future Interns
Applications will open mid-November and can be accessed by visiting the High School Summer Internship Program (HS-SIP) and Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) websites. Please be sure to review all eligibility requirements prior to completing your application.
- Submit your application on the OITE website. Submission includes:
- A curriculum vitae or resume
- A list of coursework and grades
- A cover letter describing the applicant’s research interests and career goals
- The names and contact information for two references
- For HS-SIP applicants, please contact the IC Coordinator to indicate interest in NCI and facilitate lab placement.
- For all other applicants, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note, there is no centralized selection process. Individual scientists select their own summer interns and provide their own funding.
NCI SIP Subprograms
To learn more about NCI's SIP subprograms, please visit program websites:
- Cancer Research Interns (CRI)
- Introduction to Cancer Research Careers (ICRC)
- Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research for Veterinary Medical Students