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Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research for Veterinary Medical Students

Summer and Externship Research Opportunities for Veterinary Medical Students at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

The NIH is interested in providing veterinary medical students with the opportunity to participate in the NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research.

This unique opportunity, made available through the National Cancer Institute (NCI), provides veterinary medical students with research experience while working at the federal government's key institution combining both clinical and basic research.

Students will participate in biomedical research in a laboratory of the:

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Research Internship for Veterinary Medical Students

Veterinary medical students will be able to:

  • Receive hands-on experience in scientific research working with leading scientists at NCI, NIAID, NIDDK, NHLBI, and NINDS
  • Interact with veterinarians in the NCI Comparative Molecular Pathology Research Training Program
  • Learn about comparative pathology and comparative oncology initiatives in human biomedical research
  • Attend formal lectures and seminars targeted to students
  • Discover the many professional roles performed by veterinarians working in a research environment
  • Share experiences with veterinary students from other colleges across the nation


Veterinary students participating in the program must be in good academic standing in an accredited veterinary medical college professional doctoral degree program. For those veterinary students interested in completing an externship rotation, please email us your name and contact information so we can provide you with application instructions at In addition to this program coordinated through the NCI, veterinary students are eligible for the campus-wide NIH Summer Internship Program, which is open to all students.

To Apply

The online summer program application process opens in mid-November. For full consideration, applications should be received by February 1.

1. Fill out the online application form at:

NOTE: Select graduate school for university level.

2. Send an e-mail with your intent to apply to:

Summer interns receive a Summer Program Stipend. Internships generally begin in late May and end in August/September.


" I wanted a hands-on research experience and that was exactly what I got. I worked independently, but got as much support as I needed from the rest of the lab. What better way to expand my mind than to be in such a stimulating environment. " - Virginia Gillespie, University of Wisconsin 2006 (NCI Comparative Molecular Pathology Unit)

"It was an amazing experience for anyone interested in epidemiology, pathology, microbiology, even surgery." - Anna-Michelle Young, University of Pennsylvania 2007 (NIDDK Laboratory of Cellular and Developmental Biology)

" This experience has been extremely rewarding to me . . . something I could not learn from a book or a classroom. After this experience I see how research affects you every day ." - Cassandra Pugh, University of Georgia 2008 (NHLBI Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics)

Externship Possibilities

Veterinary externship rotations in comparative pathology and/or research may be arranged at any time of the year, preferably for a minimum of 6 weeks.

Contact Information

R. Mark Simpson, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate A.C.V.P.
Head, Comparative Molecular Pathology Unit
Director, Comparative Pathology Training Partnerships
NCI Center for Cancer Research

Jonathan S. Wiest, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Office of Training and Education
NCI Center for Cancer Research

Dr. Joshua D. Webster
Comparative Molecular Pathology Unit
NCI Center for Cancer Research
Tel: 301.402.0475