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Deadline: 02/02/2025 (Tentative)

General Information

The National Institute on Drug Abuse Summer Research Internship Program supports undergraduate students with a focus on increasing underrepresented populations in drug abuse and addiction research. Through this program, students aged 18 years and older are introduced to the field of drug abuse and addiction research by participating in research internships with NIDA funded scientists at universities across the United States. Students work with leading scientists for eight weeks during the summer. The internship may include laboratory experiments, data collection, data analysis, formal courses, participation in lab meetings, patient interviews, manuscript preparation, and literature reviews. In addition, it is expected that each intern will deliver a formal presentation on their research project at the end of the internship.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • This NIDA Summer Research Internship Program is designed for undergraduate students to experience substance use and addiction research in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences. Applicants must be at least 18 years old on or before May 31st and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
  • Graduating seniors are eligible to apply.
  • Students must be committed to working for 8 consecutive weeks during the summer (some schedule flexibilities may be allowed).
  • Individuals who have already participated in the NIDA Summer Research Internship Program are no longer eligible to apply.
  • NIDA highly encourages those from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups, to apply for this summer research experience (see NIH’s Interest in Diversity).

Application Details

Applications must be submitted by the deadline using the online application.

The application consists of 1) a completed application form, 2) current transcripts (unofficial are acceptable), and 3) two letters of recommendation.

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Research Offering Type




Undergraduate School

College, Engineering, Nursing



Contact Information

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Julie Huffman, phone 301-443-9798 or Isabela Lopes, 301-827-8255.