Job Overview


The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

Join the NIH for an exciting opportunity! We are looking for talented, hardworking interns to perform essential functions in our 27 Institutes and Centers.


The NIH Internship Program is for current students who are enrolled in high school, college, professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; or certificate program lasting at least one year. It is intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to students and individuals accepted for enrollment in a qualifying educational program.



The NIH Internship Program offers mentorship throughout the program, individual development planning, professional development, training activities and opportunities for career development.


As a NIH Intern (Program Support Assistant (OA)) you will:

  • Establish and maintain office files.
  • Receive incoming calls and visitors.
  • Provide callers and visitors with general information.
  • Prepare a variety of standardized documents from rough draft and/or oral instructions.
  • Process and distribute mail to appropriate individuals.
  • Develop documents using a variety of office automation applications.
  • Perform special projects.