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Cancer Research Interns (CRI)

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The Cancer Research Interns (CRI) Summer Program was inaugurated in 2004 to provide an open door for students looking for an initial training opportunity.  The goal is to enhance diversity within the NCI's trainee population and we have placed 18 groups of students from 2004 to 2022, in labs and branches across the Center for Cancer Research. NCI provides stipend support, some Service & Supply funds, and travel support for those students who meet the financial eligibility criteria (View the 2023 flier). 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident 

  • 18 years or older

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Current full-time student with cancer-related research interests

  • Must pass a Special Agreement Check or SAC background investigation to receive an NIH ID badge

How To Apply

Students interested in the Cancer Research Interns (CRI) Summer Internship Program must apply online through the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) website:

Applicants must also send the following documents to by the application deadline: 

The Statement of Interest should include an explanation of how the applicant’s participation would further the goal of the CRI Summer Program to enhance diversity within the NCI training program, consistent with NIH’s Notice of Interest in Diversity NOT-OD-20-031. Students from under-represented populations or disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Accepted summer interns are expected to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

For Additional Information

For additional questions, please contact

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