The Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM) and the NetCanvas program are participating as sites for the 2019 NIDA Summer Internship Program. The NIDA Summer Research Internship Program supports all students with a focus on increasing underrepresented populations in drug abuse research. Through this program, undergraduates age 18 and older are introduced to the field of drug abuse and addiction research by participating in research internships with NIDA’s distinguished scientists at universities across the United States. Students work with leading scientists for eight weeks during the summer. The internship may include laboratory experiments, data collection, data analysis, formal courses, participation in lab meetings, patient interviews, manuscript preparation, and literature reviews. In addition, it is expected that each intern will deliver a formal presentation on his/her research project at the end of the internship.


  • This NIDA Summer Research Internship program is designed to train individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research workforce, to conduct research and to prepare for careers in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences such as individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the NSF to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. In addition, it is recognized that underrepresentation can vary from setting to setting; individuals from racial or ethnic groups that can be demonstrated convincingly to be underrepresented by the grantee institution should be encouraged to participate in this program. For more information on racial and ethnic categories and definitions, see NOT-OD-15-089.
  • Although this program is designed to enhance underrepresented populations in science, all racial/ethnic populations are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old by May 31, 2019 and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States (No Exceptions).
  • Graduating 2019 college seniors are also eligible to apply.
  • Individuals who have already participated in the NIDA Summer Research Internship Program are no longer eligible to apply.

Scope of Support:

  • Stipends in the amount of $12.00 per hour for a maximum stipend of $3,840 for eight weeks.
  • Up to $2,500 for housing assistance.
  • Up to $500 to be used for air or local travel.

Housing Accommodations:

There are two different housing options for the research sites included in the NIDA Summer Research Internship program. For both options, the housing is funded by NIDA and will be reimbursed to the intern by the host research institution. For research sites with the “Campus Housing Available” option, the intern will be able to stay in on-campus housing which is coordinated through the research site, institution, and intern. For research sites with the “Housing Subsidized” option, housing will still be funded by NIDA, however for these research sites, the intern will be responsible for securing their own housing accommodations. Some research sites have local housing resource guides that they share with interns.

Application Procedures:

To apply for this program, fill in all sections of the application form. Prior to making research site selections, review the research projects and locations listed in the online brochure. After reviewing the descriptions, indicate on the application the three sites that best match your research interests. All efforts will be made to match applicants to one of their top three choices.

Application components include:

  • A completed application form
  • Current transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Two letters of recommendation (should be on letterhead)

***If unable to complete in one sitting, press SUBMIT and your entries will be saved. At any time prior to the application due date, you may access your application to enter updates/edits. To retrieve it, click on the link sent to the email address entered in the application and enter the token code included in the email. Complete/update the application and press SUBMIT. You last, most recent electronic submission will be the one recorded in the application system and used during the evaluation period.

All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST, Monday, February 11, 2019.

Application Review and Selection

Interns are selected according to the following criteria:

  • Professional/Career goals
  • Research interests
  • Academic Achievement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Program priorities

For additional information see the FAQs.

Contacts: Feel free to contact Julie Huffman,, phone 301-443-9798; or Albert Avila, Ph.D.,

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