Recruitment & Training to Unlock Research Potential in Science Program
The Intramural Research Program (IRP) is the in-house research program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and is located on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus, in Baltimore, Maryland. For nearly 60 years, NIDA has been the primary source of scientific knowledge concerning addiction and has served as a training facility for researchers with an interest in drug abuse research. The Recruitment & Training to Unlock Research Potential Program is an intramural program that provides paid training opportunities for students who are interested in the scientific basis of drug abuse. A limited number of positions are available each summer. Selection is very competitive.
- You must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident. Permanent residents must be enrolled in a school in the U.S. to be eligible
- The following students are encourage to apply:
- Students with disabilities
- Students who come from an economically disadvantaged background (e.g., Pell Grant-eligible, from environments that inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and ability required to enroll in, and graduate from, a health professional school, or from a family with an annual income below low-income thresholds)
- Students who are or have been enrolled in Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
- Students who are the first in their family to attend college
- Students who identify as LGBTQ
- Students disadvantaged by circumstances that have negatively impacted their educational opportunities, including recent natural disasters
- If a minor: You must be at least 17 years old by June 15th
- You Must be a high school junior or senior at the time of application
- If you are 17 years of age on June 15th of each year, you must live, at the time of application, within 40 miles of the NIH Biomedical Research Center (251 Bayview Blvd; Baltimore, MD 21224) where you will intern. (This requirement does not apply to applicants who are 18 and older.)
How to Apply
Students who wish to apply for the Recruitment & Training to Unlock Research Potential Program should submit the following documents for consideration:
- Completed Application
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Recommendation letters must be current (less than 6 months old), signed and in a sealed envelope on school letterhead
- Letters may not be copied
- The Recommender should describe their relationship to the applicant, including how long they have known the applicant and the nature of their interaction(s), the Recommender should comment on the applicant’s academic and scientific merit including his/her aptitude for pursuing an advanced degree
- Letters must reference the RTURP or NIH SIP Program
- Letters of recommendation must be emailed directly to the Program Coordinator (email@example.com)
How to create your federal resume: http://gogovernment.org/how_to_apply/write_your_federal_resume/create_your_resume.php
- Official Transcripts (with official seal)
Transcripts must be mailed directly to the address below or emailed directly to the Program Coordinator. If you are a first-year college student, you should also send a copy of your high school transcripts. If you are a first-year graduate student, you should also send a copy of your undergraduate transcripts.
- Letter of Good Standing
An official letter from your school verifying that you are a student in good standing and are currently enrolled. You can get this from the Registrar’s office or print from your online student account.
- Verification of Citizenship
birth certificate, passport, etc.
- Official Copies of All Degrees
high school, college, grad school, as appropriate
- Apply online to the NIH SIP:
https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/hs-sip or https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip
- Signature required on your application
NIH HS-SIP–Completed packets are due in entirety February 1st each year*
NIH SIP–Completed packets are due in entirety March 1st each year*.
Documents should be assembled into one complete application package and mailed to:
Recruitment & Training to Unlock Research Potential Program
Molecular Neuropsychiatry Research Branch
NIH Biomedical Research Center
251 Baview Boulevard, Suite 200
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
Completed Applications and recommendation letters may be e-mailed to Christie Brannock at firstname.lastname@example.org or Faxed to 443-740-2856.
- Students will be informed of acceptance or rejection during the first week of April.
- NIDA IRP/NIH Biomedical Research Center is located in Baltimore, MD. Housing and travel arrangements ARE NOT provided.
- The NIDA IRP Summer Program is a full-time paid position for 8-10 weeks. Part-time work schedules are not allowed. All changes to your work schedule (vacations, summer classes, etc…) must be approved by the Program Coordinator in advance of start date. Failure to report conflicts in your work schedule or request approval for leave could result in immediate termination of your internship.