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New CBIIT Summer Internship Program Now Accepting Applications

Applications for the Summer 2021 CBIIT Internship Program are Now Open

Do you know of or are you an undergraduate college student interested in gaining valuable experience in software engineering, data sharing, data science, or business administration? NCI’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) invites college students to join CBIIT through the NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP). This program’s core objective is to give four highly qualified college students studying computer science, information management, business administration, or other related fields an 8-12 week paid internship opportunity in the Summer of 2021. Interns will work and collaborate with experts, getting a first-hand perspective of how CBIIT supports NCI in driving discovery through cancer data science and IT.

Applicants for this program must:

  • be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident,
  • be currently enrolled in a full-time college or university,
  • be in good standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher,
  • have prior experience in Data Science and/or IT Administration,
  • be able to pass a Federal Background Check using Standard Form-85, and
  • must have a record of leadership experience in their school or community.

Apply by March 1, 2021, through the NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) website.

Position Description: The CBIIT Interns will join a highly trained and supportive IT and informatics environment. Interns will have opportunities including:

  • Business Operations Branch (BOB)
    • 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 by managing the Travel Request System in NCI at Your Service; process Travel Authorization and Vouchers; provide guidance and request trip approval on behalf of travelers through the Conference Travel Planning System CTPS/NCI Single Traveler Event Planning System (STEPS).
  • Informatics and Data Science Program (IDS)
    • 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 High Computing Resources such as Biowulf.
  • Infrastructure and Information Technology Operations Branch (IITOB)
    • Assist in the development of an easy-to-use and accessible web tool with visualization plots to link genome-wide association study (GWAS) and transcription factor (TF) data.
    • Learn about the entire software development lifecycle from receiving a request to delivering a solution! Develop a new web application or implement a change request for an existing NCI business web application. Work with development team members to analyze an issue or request, design a solution, develop, test, and communicate the release(s).
    • Help implement some behind-the-scenes (technical) makeover efforts! Tasks could include identifying best practices and strategizing new approaches for delivering user guides, storing and tracking requirements, and automating testing, etc.
    • Learn about NCI cloud environments and cloud-native tools by assisting with the migration of an NCI business application hosted on-premise to a cloud environment.
  • NCI Office of Data Sharing (ODS), Cancer Data Sharing Education
    • Identify gaps in knowledge and comprehension of data sharing policies and expectations of stakeholders, including NCI program staff, cancer researchers, healthcare professionals, cancer advocates, and developing educational tools to fill those gaps.
    • Assist the NCI Office of Data Sharing in providing data sharing educational resources (e.g., communication content, infographics, flow charts) pertaining to policies, processes, and other relevant data sharing issues including health disparities among under-served individuals/communities.
    • Develop a fact sheet and associated brief presentation at the conclusion of the internship.

Day-to-day activities include and are not limited to:

  1. Participating in short-term IT, Informatics, Data Sharing, and IT Administration projects;
  2. Exploring unique opportunities, learning new skills, and attending trainings to develop presentations and enhance professional competencies;
  3. Meeting with internal and external stakeholders to understand the mission-focused goals within NCI;
  4. Attending professional development, career exploration, and relevant industry trainings and webinars;
  5. Attending Brown Bag Meetings to understand organizational roles, practice problem solving, and participate in team-building exercises.

Contact nciittraining@mail.nih.gov for any questions regarding the program or the application process.