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Program Details

Eligibility Requirements
Application Process
Important Dates
Selection Process

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following qualifications to be considered eligible for the HCIP:

  • US Citizen or US permanent resident (Alien Registration number is required for US permanent residents).
  • Currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, graduate school. If a recent graduate, graduate degree must have been awarded no more than two years prior to application deadline.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (minimum) for applicants who have not yet received a Master's degree.
  • Some science background and experience and/or education in any of the following areas:
    • Public Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Public Relations
    • Health Education
    • Communications
    • Science Writing
    • Statistics
    • Social Marketing
    • Journalism

If you do not the meet eligibility criteria, there are alternative ways to pursue training at the NCI. We encourage you to visit the following websites for more information:

NCI Center for Cancer Training

NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education

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Application Process

Applications are due by midnight on the first Tuesday in March.

In your application you will be asked to provide the following:

  1. A current resume.
  2. Up to three work samples. PDF copies preferred. Further instructions on how to submit work samples can be found in the online application.
  3. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Request transcripts early as it can take longer than expected for them to be sent by your school. Further instructions on how to submit transcripts can be found in the online application.
  4. Name and contact information of two references able to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Your references will receive an electronic request to submit a letter of recommendation. They will not receive this request until your application has been submitted. They can prepare the letter in advance if they wish and then copy and paste it into the web form provided in the reference request email.

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Important Dates

First Tuesday in March Deadline for applications and all supporting materials (reference letters are due Friday of that week)
Mid-April Applicants are notified of their status
Mid-July Term begins

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Selection Process

The selection process takes six to eight weeks from the application deadline.  

  1. The HCIP reviews applications to ensure eligibility requirements are met and makes available all eligible applications to the NCI program offices seeking to host an HCIP intern.
  2. Program offices review applications and contact applicants whose interests and background fit the needs of the office. Program offices conduct telephone interviews with applicants.
  3. Program offices submit names of applicants who they are interested in hiring to the HCIP.
  4. Applicants are notified via email of the selection decision.

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