The Summer Research with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) program introduces high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented groups to drug abuse research through internships with NIDA grantees at universities across the United States. Students intern with scientists for 8-10 weeks during the summer. The experience may include laboratory experiments, formal courses, data collection activities, data analysis, patient recruitment, manuscript preparation, literature reviews and library research. The program exposes students to drug abuse research and encourages them to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral research. Since the program’s inception in 1997, over 815 students have gained valuable drug abuse research experience, some of which have continued to pursue a career in drug abuse research. (View last year's sponsors and interns, PDF 98KB)
- This program emphasizes placing applicants who are from racial/ethnic groups that are nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences (these include: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands), although all racial/ethnic groups may apply. Applicants must be currently enrolled in high school or college and in good academic standing.
- Applicants must be at least 16 years of age (unless a specific project indicates otherwise) and citizens or permanent residents of the United States (no exceptions). Applicants under the age of 18 can only be placed at research sites within daily-commuting distance from their home.
- Individuals who have participated in the Summer Research with NIDA program for two summers are no longer eligible to apply.
Scope of Support
- Undergraduate students will receive stipends up to $10.00 per hour and high school students will receive up to $8.00 per hour. The research site will determine final rates. Students are eligible for up to $2,500 for travel and per diem expenses.
How to Apply
- Students must complete a Summer Research with NIDA online application (link will be posted in January 2015).
When to Apply
- We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014 summer research program. Applications for the 2015 summer research program will be available in January 2015.
For more information about the Summer Research with NIDA program, contact:
Albert Avila, Ph.D.