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NINDS Health Disparities in Tribal Communities Summer Internship Program (SIP)

Summer Internship Program Summer Internship Program Summer Internship Program


Due to evolving COVID-19 concerns the 2020 Health Disparities in Tribal Communities Summer Internship Program (HDTC-SIP) at the NINDS/NIH is canceled. The NINDS/NIH priority is the health and safety of their interns and contributes to stopping the community spread of Sars-Cov2 through social distancing. For information about the COVID-19, please visit the following link The NINDS HDTC-SIP Team looks forward to seeing your 2021 HDTC-SIP application which will open in Mid-November.

Graduate and undergraduate students selected for this fully-funded summer internship program will spend 8-10 weeks working side-by-side with NINDS leading scientists in an environment devoted to the study of fundamental elements of the nervous system, neurological processes, neurodegenerative diseases, movement disorders, brain cancer, and stroke (NINDS Research Principles). Summer fellows will work with mentors in the NINDS Division of Intramural Research (DIR), where they will be immersed in a scientific culture and explore essential elements of basic, translational, and clinical research. In addition to performing full-time research, summer fellows will work closely with the NINDS SIP Office, meeting weekly to assess their progress and work toward goals. Fellows will also meet weekly with their cohort of trainees for several activities, including journal club, resume building, and poster development.

Summer fellowships are full time with a stipend commensurate with educational level, and include round trip travel to the program. Fellows who receive an Exceptional Summer Student Award are also eligible for a travel award to a student conference to present their summer research project.

The NINDS goal for this summer program is to achieve at least one of the many  benefits that result from a diverse scientific workforce, including: fostering scientific innovation, enhancing global competitiveness, contributing to robust learning environments, improving the quality of the research, advancing the likelihood that underserved or underrepresented populations participate in and are well-served by health research, enhancing public trust, and improving the quality of health and wellness for all communities.

As noted in NIH’s Notice of Interest in Diversity (NOT-OD-18-210), research shows that diverse teams working together and capitalizing on innovative ideas and distinct perspectives outperform homogenous teams. Scientists and trainees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences bring different perspectives, creativity, and individual enterprise to address complex scientific problems. 


           • Application Process

           • Selection Process

Questions about the NINDS Health Disparities in Tribal Communities SIP program should be directed to:

Dr. Angel de la Cruz Landrau
Coordinator, Summer Internship Office
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health