NIH National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics

Basic information

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) offers a summer research internship for students interested in exploring careers in cancer epidemiology, biostatistics, and genetics.

Become a Summer Intern - National Cancer Institute

The program is open to high school, college, post-baccalaureate masters-level students, and graduate students, including medical and dental students. Successful applicants join the Division for at least 8 weeks between May and September. Under the supervision of a Division researcher, summer interns conduct research in selected areas of epidemiologic or genetic investigation. Interns are encouraged to attend lectures offered under the NIH Summer Seminar Series, participate in DCEG meetings and seminars, attend formal NIH lectures and symposia, and participate in the NIH Summer Research Program Poster Day and the DCEG Poster Day.

Why Study Epidemiology?

Epidemiology is often called the science of public health. It is described as the study of the distribution and determinants of disease risk in human populations. Epidemiologists study a diverse range of health conditions as well as the impact that various exposures have on the manifestation of disease. DCEG research has had tremendous impact on public health.

DCEG Research Portfolio

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Research

DCEG researchers work on a variety of population studies and develop novel analytic techniques. Our investigators serve as invaluable mentors to interns on a wide range of research topics. Read more on our Principal Investigators page.

Laboratory Research

DCEG offers a limited number of summer laboratory research positions, mostly in the Laboratory of Translational Genomics. Students who are interested in laboratory research should also visit the NIH Research and Training website for information about research at other NIH institutes.


Paid for 8 weeks.


This year's application deadline has passed.

Applications are due by Tuesday March 1, 2016.

How to apply to DCEG's summer program - National Cancer Institute

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the DCEG Summer Program. The application process is now open. To apply, please submit both of the following:

  1. Statement of Interest in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics

    Please submit a brief (300-word) statement about your research interests/experience using our brief summary application form. The information you provide will be made available to DCEG investigators for review.

  2. NIH Online Application

    You must also apply online through the NIH Research and Training Opportunities Web site. NIH online applications are currently being accepted. The NIH application form allows you to submit keywords describing your research interests (question 7). To have your application considered by investigators in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, be sure to include "Epidemiology" and/or "Biostatistics" in your list of keywords.

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