2023 CBIIT Summer Internship Program Accepting Applications

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Are you an undergraduate student or know one who wants to gain valuable experience in data sharing, data aggregation, and data analysis? If so, NCI’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) invites you to participate in the NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP).

Apply by March 1, 2023, through the NIH SIP website.

This program’s core objective is to give four highly-qualified college students studying computer science, information management, business administration, or other related fields a 10–16-week paid internship opportunity. Interns will work and collaborate with experts to understand how CBIIT supports NCI by using data to drive discovery.

Applicants for this program must:

  • be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, living in the United States;
  • be currently enrolled in a full-time college or university with cancer-related research interests;
  • be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher;  
  • be able to pass a Federal Background Check using Standard Form-85;
  • have a record of leadership experience in their school or community;
  • submit an application (with the program name, “NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology” in their cover letter) through the Office of Intramural Training and Education; and
  • submit a letter of interest and CV to Please contact Dr. Shannon Silkensen or any CBIIT staff member for questions or to learn more about CBIIT.

The CBIIT interns will join a highly-trained and supportive IT and informatics environment. Specific roles and responsibilities for supporting a branch within CBIIT will be updated for the 2023 year soon. Make sure you subscribe to our weekly RSS to see the new updates.

If you want an idea of what a CBIIT Summer Internship experience might look like, check out the descriptions below from 2022!

  • Informatics and Data Science Program
    • Gain a basic understanding of next-generation sequencing data processing
    • Gain hands-on experience with commonly used bioinformatics tools
    • Learn and perform R programming and command-line usage on local computers and on high computing resources (i.e., Biowulf)
  • Office of the Director
    • Support program and project financial planning, tracking, and reporting
    • Provide guidance and training as needed on the use of financial capabilities of the portfolio management system
    • Support administrative functions, including managing the fleet of government vehicles, property management, and onboarding/offboarding processes
    • Support travel requests, process travel authorization and vouchers, and provide guidance and request trip approval on behalf of travelers
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer
    • Contribute to NCI’s mission by moving content to more modern technologies, such as Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, and ServiceNow Knowledge
    • Work with teams to help migrate/create content, providing suggestions and creating mock-ups of alternative designs
  • NCI Office of Data Sharing
    • Identify gaps in comprehension of data sharing policies and expectations of stakeholders and develop educational tools to fill those gaps
    • Assist in providing data sharing educational resources about policies, processes, and other relevant issues including health disparities
    • Develop a fact sheet and associated brief presentation at the conclusion of the internship
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