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, visitNIH Overview.

Join the NIH for an exciting opportunity! We are looking for talented, hard-working 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.


 NIH Interns perform duties in one of the Institutes or Centers in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH Interns receive on-the-job training while pursing their educational degree. Assignments are aimed at developing the employee's skills and knowledge to progressively perform more difficult duties.

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  instruction.
  • Process and distribute mail to appropriate individuals.
  • Develop documents using a variety of office automation applications.
  • Perform special projects.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No