National Institutes of Health (NIAID/NIH)

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PICS Organization Name
National Institutes of Heath (NIAID/NIH)

City/State
Bethesda, Maryland

Organization Description
NIH is the National Institutes of Health, the arm of the federal government devoted to improving the national and international health through scientific discovery. For more information about NIH, please go here: http://www.nih.gov/

NIH is a federal agency devoted to improving human health through scientific research.  The NIH has over 20,000 employees and over 1000 laboratories all devoted to biomedical research.  The NIH is a leader in developing new knowledge related to biological systems and human disease, including new concepts of disease pathogenesis, risk factors, diagnostics, therapeutics and preventive measures.

Internship Description

The Laboratory of Molecular Immunology conducts basic, translational and clinical research. Current projects include the immunopathogenesis of Trypanosoma cruzi infection, mechanisms of immunologic tolerance and the immunopathogenesis of a rare immunodeficiency disease known as WHIM syndrome. Interns can expect to perform basic, translational and clinical research at the NIH Clinical Center focused on leukocyte trafficking. Interns will have the opportunity to see patients that come to the NIH for clinical trials but their project will involve direct bench research on one of the above topics. By the end of the summer, the interns can expect to learn the basic principles of the immune response and how to design experiments, projects and programs. Students best suited for this internship are those who are or may be interested in a career in medicine but particularly those interested in a career in biomedical research.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 10 6/1/21 - 8/6/21 9:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes Yes, Global Health Policy No

Internship Qualifications
Required: Curiosity, patience, passion for discovery, desire to alleviate human suffering; Interest in a career in biomedical research and/or medicine

Preferred: Courses in biology, chemistry, physics at the college level are preferable but not required.

Additional Info

The NIH website www.nih.gov has information regarding housing. Lab postdocs and postbacs can be contacted to help locate a suitable place. 

US government background check, health exam and drug screening are required. US citizenship required.

Former Interns
Claire Martin '21,  Pranav Rekapalli '20, Sarah Gao '22, Christian Hernandez '22, Dylan Kim '21

Evaluation Excerpt

At the NIH, I had a chance to work on high risk projects that no other organization or lab would likely do, and I had access to more resources and equipment than I could’ve imagined. The NIH is one of the most advanced medical research centers worldwide, so it was an incredible place to work as an aspiring medical doctor
--Sarah Gao '22

The strengths of my work with NIH were that it was a very academically intensive environment, meaning that I could learn countless things about a variety of topics. Through my lab, different lectures held at NIH, and the work of other interns, I learned not only about immunology, but so many different parts of science that integrate to form the medical field. 
--Dylan Kim '21

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is an organization whose mission is to improve health care of patients, regardless of how rare or common their conditions are. Starting from the molecular level, all the way to patience care, the NIH creates valuable knowledge that will benefit millions of patients not just in the United States, but also around the world. As summer interns, we were to witness the NIH's mission being fulfilled by taking part in it. Under the guidance of our mentors and supervisors, we conducted novel research that one day will benefit the health care of patients. Being able to participate in this mission was truly an eye-opening experience I will always cherish.
— Daniela Coronado '19

I worked on a preclinical project in the lab. We were developing a cure for a rare disease known as WHIM syndrome through gene therapy. I ran experiments to edit the genes of mouse immune cells and determine if this editing was successful using flow cytometry and DNA analysis. I liked learning new techniques and also using biological lab techniques to benefit the health of others.
—Alicia Wang '19