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Amgen Scholars Program at National Institute of Health

Monthly stipend
Application Deadline
Eight Weeks
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The Amgen Scholars Program at NIH offers up to 16 scholars the paid opportunity to spend the summer working at NIH's main campus in Bethesda, Maryland side-by-side with some of the world's leading scientists, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. During their internships at NIH, scholars will be matched with research mentors in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) where they will be immersed in a culture of translational science and will explore important elements of the basic, translational, and clinical research enterprise. (To get an idea of the types of research conducted in the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the NIH, visit http://www.nih.gov/icd/). 

In addition to performing full-time research, scholars will:

  • Participate in a customized curriculum that will use journal clubs, case studies, writing projects, and group activities to develop communication, career readiness, and critical thinking skills
  • Explore the relationship between science and society in evening roundtables that examine the role of science, policy, and community engagement in the elimination of health disparities (for a definition of health disparities, visit the Amgen Scholars Program at NIH FAQs)
  • Participate in a leadership development program focused on self-exploration, building resiliency, understanding conflict, finding mentors, and understanding emotional intelligence
  • Attend the Amgen Scholars US Symposium to interact with top industry and academic scientists and to network with other Amgen Scholars
  • Present at the NIH Summer Poster Day at the beginning of August
  • Establish an individualized development plan to take advantage of the many workshops and seminars offered for all NIH summer interns. These include our summer lecture series, "Going to Graduate School" series, communication skills workshops, and the NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair.


  • National Institute of Health main campus, Bethesda, Maryland, USA


  • Eight weeks from early June through early August, a minimum of 40 hours a week


  • Interns are paid a stipend of $2,680/month or more depending on education level prior to starting the program. Housing and transportation will also be provided

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Be enrolled in a four-year college or university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or other US territory
  • Be a rising college junior or senior (including fifth-year college seniors)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (4.0 scale)
  • The admission committee will give preference to students who lack opportunities to perform independent research during the school year. NIH welcomes applications from students in all science disciplines and encourages students from diverse backgrounds to apply.


  • February 1

Application or Entry Requirements

  • A completed online application
  • A completed supplementary application 
  • A resume
  • A list of coursework and grades
  • A cover letter addressing the following:
    • Research interests and educational/career goals for the future
    • Understanding of, experience with, and interest in learning more about health disparities; we are interested in learning about personal, coursework-related, or community-based experiences that have increased interest in health disparities.
    • Leadership experiences in school and in the community
  • The names and contact information for two references.

Notifications of Decisions

  • March 1

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The National Institute of Health (NIH) Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) is a division of the Office of Intramural Research (OIR). The NIH is a major public research institute responsible for biomedical and public health research in the United States. Founded in the 1880s and based in Bethesda, Maryland, the NIH comprises 27 institutes that have contributed countless scientific accomplishments for the public good. OITE offers programs for high school and college students, recent college graduates, graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral and clinical fellows, providing career/professional development programming to help intramural trainees take maximal advantage of their time at NIH and progress successfully to the next step in their careers.

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