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The HCIP gives highly qualified graduate students and recent graduate degree recipients the opportunity to participate in vital health and science communications projects in one of the many offices that make up the NCI. Interns will select an area of emphasis: health communications or science writing. Six-month and one-year internship terms are offered.



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Health Communications Internship Program

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training and is the largest of the 27 institutes and centers comprising the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The NCI recognizes that health information dissemination is key to raising public awareness about new cancer treatments, support for cancer patients and their families, and prevention strategies. To that end, in 1975 the NCI established the Health Communications Internship Program (HCIP) to attract individuals interested in careers in health communications and science writing.

The HCIP gives highly qualified graduate students and recent graduate degree recipients the opportunity to participate in vital health and science communications projects at NCI. Interns are placed in a host office in one of the three NCI campuses in Maryland.

HCIP interns are offered 6 or 12-month internships in one of two tracks: health communications or science writing.

Health Communications Interns:

  • Plan, develop, and promote cancer education programs and materials for the public, cancer patients, or health professionals
  • Gain experience in pre-testing and evaluating cancer prevention and treatment messages, publications, materials, and programs that reach the American public
  • Participate in professional meetings and training seminars


Science Writing Interns:

  • Write fact sheets and press releases
  • Answer inquiries from the press
  • Attend and report on scientific meetings
  • Participate in professional meetings and training seminars
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