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Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research for Veterinary Medical Students at NIH

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research for Veterinary Medical StudentsThe National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research (NCI CCR), in collaboration with the Intramural Research Divisions of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is interested in providing a select number of pre-doctoral veterinary medical students the opportunity to participate in the NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research conducted by the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education. Veterinary medical student participation in summer research internships at the National Institutes of Health is coordinated through the NCI CCR Comparative Molecular Pathology Unit. This unique opportunity is offered for veterinary medical students to gain exposure to research while working at the government’s key institution combining both clinical and basic research.

Through this NCI coordinated program, veterinary medical students will be able to

  • receive hands-on experience and develop skills in scientific research
  • work with leading biomedical scientists at NCI, NIAID, NIDDK, and NHLBI in the Bethesda, Frederick and Rockville, Maryland and Hamilton, Montana areas
  • interact with veterinarians conducting and training in translational and interdisciplinary research in the NCI Comparative Molecular Pathology Research Training Program
  • learn about comparative molecular 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

Research opportunities in this program are diverse, including opportunities at the NCI-CCR , NIAID, NIDDK, NHLBI, and encompass a variety of disciplines including :

  • Allergy
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmunity
  • Bioterrorism
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Carcinogenesis
  • Cell Biology
  • Cell, Stem Cell, and Developmental Biology
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive Disease
  • Emerging Infections
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Genetics
  • Hematologic Disease
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Lung Disease
  • Metastasis
  • Molecular Pathology
  • Molecular Targets
  • Nutrition
  • Oncology
  • Pathogenesis and Animal Models
  • Renal Disease
  • Vascular Biology, Disease, and Remodeling
  • Virology

Summer fellowships generally last from eight to ten weeks or more, beginning in late May and ending in mid-to-late August.  Some flexibility exists to accommodate individual student needs, and internships may also serve as veterinary externship rotations for some colleges. 

Participants in the program coordinated for veterinary students by the Comparative Molecular Pathology Unit must currently be in good academic standing in an accredited veterinary medical college professional degree program, and not be a concurrent combined D.V.M./Ph.D. student or previously hold a science Ph.D. degree. Participation in the NIH campus-wide program is open to veterinary medical students who are not limited to only positions available through the NCI. Students do not need to indicate a focus in pathology.

This program represents one of the training programs developed by the NCI CCR. Another program, the Comparative Molecular Pathology Research Training Program, is aimed at those with doctoral degrees in veterinary medicine to enhance the integration and extrapolation of animal models to the study of human cancer.

Early applications are encouraged. Preferred date for receipt of applications is on or before February 1, 2009. Students interested in applying should click here and send an email stating their intent to either Dr. Mark Simpson or Dr. Jonathan Wiest.

Students and student mentors interested in additional information can follow the links below:


R. Mark Simpson, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Diplomate, ACVP
Head, Molecular Pathology Unit
Director, Comparative Pathology Training Partnerships
Office of the Director
Center for Cancer Research
37 Convent Drive , 2000
Bethesda , MD 20892

Jonathan S. Wiest, Ph.D.
Investigator, Laboratory of Cellular Carcinogenesis and Tumor Promotion
Associate Director for Training and Education
Office of the Director
Center for Cancer Research
31 Center Drive , 4A 48
Bethesda , MD 20892

John Hickerson
Administrative Program Assistant
Comparative Molecular Pathology Unit
Office of the Director
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
9000 Rockville Pike
Building 37, Room 2007
Bethesda, MD 20892-4256