The National Institutes of Health’s summer internship program in biomedical research is an excellent way for current STEM students to gain more exposure to the world of biomedicine all while working with some of the world’s leading scientists. Over the course of 8 weeks, students will get the chance to work with the latest biochemical and analytical techniques and present their research at the end of the program.
Students will get the opportunity to learn from various scientific disciplines, including but not limited to: bioinformatics, biophysics, DNA repair, genetics, pharmacology, risk assessment, and statistics. In addition, students will become familiar with conducting research in a lab setting and be given the opportunity to attend lectures with distinguished NIH investigators and career/professional development workshops.
FuzeU did a Q and A with 2017 NIH biomedical research summer intern and current University of Texas junior, Faith Ware. Faith is attaining a bachelors of science in biology and a minor in psychology. Upon graduation, Faith plans on getting a masters in physician assistant studies and a PhD.
Q: What was the NIH internship experience like for you?
A: I would describe it as a mixture of scary and exciting. I was frightened to leave home but excited for the adventure of living on my own for a few months in a new city surrounded by new people. Not only did I get to learn from some of the brightest scientific minds in the world, I also learned a lot about myself and who I want to be moving forward in life.
Q: What did you gain from the internship at the end of it?
A: I gained a new sense of self and discovered what kind of academic career I would like to pursue. I also made connections with people at many of the top universities in the US and abroad. The end of my program marked a turning point in my life, when crafting my final presentation and while presenting at the summit I realized just how much I grew in those 11 weeks in Baltimore.
Q: Favorite part about interning with NIH?
A: My favorite part about interning with the NIH was the prestige the program held and the standards they pushed on us as junior researchers. The atmosphere was always supportive of creativity and differences of opinion and the debates we had were always interesting and fulfilling.
Q: Any advice for those interested in applying?
A: I suggest that everyone make sure their letter of recommendation comes from a faculty member who truly knows them so they can write a good letter. That can really make them stand out from the crowd.
For those interested in applying, please follow the link here: https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip. The application for Summer 2018 is now open.