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APPLICATION CYCLE

The ICRC program gives highly qualified students and recent graduates who are financially disadvantaged or from underrepresented populations in science the chance to participate in cancer research at the NCI. Selected candidates will interview with NCI Principal Investigators and potentially experience an internship in an NCI research lab or office.



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Introduction to Cancer Research Careers Program

The Introduction to Cancer Research Careers (ICRC) program gives highly qualified undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and recent graduate students who are financially disadvantaged and/or from underrepresented populations in science the opportunity to participate in vital cancer research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Selected candidates will have the opportunity to interview with top NCI Principal Investigators and potentially experience a summer or post-baccalaureate internship in an NCI research laboratory or office.

For those applicants affected by the recent hurricanes, we understand this is a difficult time. We are offering our support to help with the application process to ensure all have the opportunity to apply to our program. If you are experiencing hardship and/or displacement due to the hurricane, please contact us prior to November 15, 2017 either by phone 240-276-5162, or email at ICRC-Contact@mail.nih.gov, and we will work with you to accommodate your challenges.

Program Details

Two Day Visit:

ICRC applications are accepted beginning in September and selection for the program is highly competitive. Qualified applications are evaluated by a panel of NCI scientists in December, and selected candidates will have the opportunity to participate in a sponsored 2-day visit to the NIH in February to learn about the research being conducted at the NCI. During this visit, candidates will have the opportunity to interview with NCI investigators for summer of post-baccalaureate internships.

Candidates selected for the visit are not guaranteed an internship at NCI. Internship offers are made by individual investigators through the ICRC Program Manager after the visit/interview are completed.

ICRC applicants will receive the following:

  • Transportation/airfare to and from Bethesda, MD
  • Reimbursement for hotel accommodations and meals
  • NIH campus tour
  • The opportunity to interview with NCI investigators seeking to fill summer and/or 1-year post-baccalaureate research internship positions
  • Participants selected for an internship will receive a monthly stipend with a summer housing subsidy and roundtrip summer travel (see Program Details for additional information).

ICRC Internship:

If a student is hired by an NCI investigator as an intern, he/she will work under their direction and in concert with other researchers, fellows, and technicians. Interns will have the option to attend seminars on topics related to basic, clinical, biomedical and behavioral research, human health, healthy lifestyles, and health disparities. Interns will also be able to participate in professional development workshops during their time at NCI.

ICRC interns are provided with travel support and a monthly stipend with summer housing subsidy.

All interns are required to carry health insurance. No-cost health insurance is available for interns who work a minimum of three months.

NCI has facilities in Bethesda, Rockville, and Fredrick, Maryland. You may be matched with an investigator at any of the locations.

Candidates selected for an internship will:

  • Receive a monthly stipend, summer housing subsidy, and roundtrip summer travel
  • Participate in valuable professional development workshops
  • Have the opportunity to present their work at an NIH poster session


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