Cancer Research Interns Summer Program

The Cancer Research Interns Summer Program (CRI SP) provides high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, and medical students the opportunity to complete a paid summer internship within the NCI intramural research program or select offices within the NCI extramural program. Within the NCI divisions, candidates will have the ability to explore opportunities in basic and clinical research, cancer epidemiology and genetics research, cancer control science, as well as global health.

NCI is committed to training the next generation of scientific leaders, and it is crucial that these scholars reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented populations in biomedical research to submit applications. The Cancer Research Interns Summer Program (CRI SP) is a sub-program of the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP). Summer interns have an opportunity to spend their summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world and to learn more about cancer research conducted within the intramural research program.

Dec 12, 2023 CRI SP Pre-Application Webinar recording

Why choose NCI for a Summer Internship?

Summer internships at the NIH provide an opportunity to spend up to 12 weeks working in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Selected interns typically begin at the end of May and stay through the end of August. Interns receive a monthly stipend that is based on education level and experience.

CRI SP serves to provide a research opportunity to those with limited or no previous research experience. CRI SP will also provide travel support for students who meet the financial eligibility criteria. NCI offers a research environment that is second-to-none in quality of science and mentoring and provides a strong hands-on research experience. Within the research environments, you will find that you will meet with your mentor, research group and branch/division frequently.

CRI SP Timeline

  • Application Cycle Opens
    Dec 4, 2023
  • Application Due Date
    Jan 22, 2024
  • Notification of Selection for Matching Process
    Mar 4, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance
    Apr 1, 2024
  • Program Start Date
    May 13, 2024
Benefits of a Summer Internship
  • Spend up to 12 weeks conducting research side-by-side with the nation's best researchers
  • Participate in a variety of summer activities including summer intensives, preparing for college or graduate/professional school, wellness activities, and more
  • Present your research at the NIH Summer Poster Day
  • Meet other students from across the U.S.

Learn more about the research

The NCI is comprised of two components: intramural and extramural. The Intramural Research Program (IRP) supports projects conducted by scientists located at NCI whereas extramural refers to grants and contracts provided to other institutions. The majority of training opportunities can be found within the IRP, which includes the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) and the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG). Additional opportunities can be found in select extramural divisions, including but not limited to the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science (DCCPS) and the Center for Global Health (CGH).

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is home to more than 250 scientists and clinicians leading intramural research at NCI. CCR is organized into over 50 branches and laboratories, each one grouping scientists with complementary interests. CCR's investigators are basic, clinical, and translational scientists who work together to advance our knowledge of cancer and AIDS and to develop new therapies against these diseases. CCR investigators collaborate with scientists at the more than 20 other Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as with extramural scientists in academia and industry.

CCR is committed to supporting and training the next generation of cancer researchers, helping launch careers in basic/translational and clinical cancer research. The CCR and NCI offer a research environment that is second-to-none in quality of science and quality of life. All fellowships are intended to increase the number of scientists and physicians who specialize in basic, translational, or clinical biomedical research. Fellows will receive strong mentoring, work with multidisciplinary teams, and have access to world class technology, as well as over 40 cores and other resources.

Investigators within CCR are located on the Bethesda or the Frederick campuses. For additional information about research at CCR, please visit

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) conducts population and multidisciplinary research to discover the genetic and environmental determinants of cancer and new approaches to cancer prevention.

DCEG's multidisciplinary research covers most types of cancer and many exposures in a variety of populations. Our cadre of in-house scientists - epidemiologists, geneticists, biostatisticians, and clinicians - form interdisciplinary teams to study complex questions. DCEG forms collaborative partnerships within the NIH/NCI intramural research program and with scientists at academic and medical institutions around the world, which enables it to carry out its research. Fellows will receive world-class training in epidemiological methods, statistical analysis, study design, genetic susceptibility, functional studies, etiology, exposure assessment, and more.

Investigators within DCEG are located at the Shady Grove (Rockville) campus. For additional information about research at DCEG, please visit

The Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) aims to reduce risk, incidence, and deaths from cancer as well as enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors. The division conducts and supports an integrated program of the highest quality genetic, epidemiological, behavioral, social, applied, and surveillance cancer research. DCCPS-funded research aims to understand the causes and distribution of cancer in populations, support the development and delivery of effective interventions, and monitor and explain cancer trends in all segments of the population. Central to these activities is the process of synthesis and decision making that aids in evaluating what has been learned, identifying new priorities and strategies, and effectively applying research discoveries to reduce the cancer burden. Fellows will work with a mentor on research projects, literature reviews, data analyses, presentations, and/or manuscript preparation.

Scientists within DCCPS are located at the Shady Grove (Rockville) campus. For additional information about DCCPS, please visit

The Center for Global Health (CGH) supports the NCI mission by advancing global cancer research and coordinating NCI engagement in global cancer control. CGH implements and advances programs that strengthen NCI's existing global research portfolio, coordinates and develops research and training initiatives, and establishes and facilitates international research networks and partnerships to decrease the global burden of cancer. Fellows will support in programmatic aspects of CGH's programs, which includes but is not limited to topics such as technology and mHealth for cancer control in low- and middle-income countries, dissemination and implementation science, and behavioral research for cancer prevention.

Scientists within CGH are located at the Shady Grove (Rockville) campus. For additional information about CGH, please visit