Training Opportunities

Our innovative training programs educate and mentor the next generation of physician-scientists, from summer students to faculty members.

Overview of Our Training Programs

CCR is committed to training and supporting the next generation of diverse cancer researchers. We can help you launch your career in basic, clinical, or translational research in a training environment that is second-to-none in quality of science and quality of life.  

We offer training opportunities in basic, translational, and clinical research on our three campuses in suburban Maryland, from positions for interns and those just out of college to postdoctoral fellows. Our trainees have access to world class technology, over 40 cores and other resources, and receive competitive pay and benefits.  

We hope you choose to join us as we strive to create the cancer medicines of tomorrow. 

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Training Opportunities


Our postdocs enjoy a highly collaborative environment. Come join our community of investigators as they pursue some of the most difficult, high-risk problems in cancer and HIV research.

Mark Gilbert and Jing Wu lead a clinical training session in the neuro-oncology branch

Clinical Training

Long recognized as a premier clinical training program, we offer training from medical school student rotations to highly skilled subspecialty accredited fellowships. Many former trainees now serve as department chairs across the country.

three CCR fellows in the lab


We offer a variety of training opportunities for graduate students. Trainees may spend one year or more working with world-class biomedical researchers on NCI’s campuses in Bethesda and Frederick, Maryland.

Trainees with PI Freddy Escorcia in his lab


Recent college graduates will find a variety of opportunities in our labs, with our clinical teams and in bioinformatics. Our postbac fellows receive strong mentoring as they work with our multidisciplinary research teams.

A CCR summer intern presents his poster at NIH Summer Intern Day

Summer Interns

Spend your summer training at NCI! There are several different summer internship programs for students at various levels.

Fatima Karzai, M.D.
Associate Research Physician

Fatima Karzai, M.D.

To women or students of color of the next generation: if science is what you are interested in, you should pursue it wholeheartedly. 

Lilian Yang, M.B.A
Senior Branch Manager

Lilian Yang, M.B.A.

Make sure you get to know everyone. It can be easy to just interact with groups and colleagues in your area. But if you get to know the folks in all areas outside of your immediate group, you will learn a lot. 

Training the Next Generation of Cancer Researchers Throughout the United States and Across the Globe

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