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Internship Details

HCIP Internships
Examples of Projects/Work Assignments
Work Hours
Pay and Benefits

HCIP Internships

HCIP interns work in an NCI host office for the duration of their internship.  Offices that have hosted HCIP interns include:

  • Center for Cancer Research
  • Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
  • Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials
  • Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
  • Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics
  • Office of Advocacy Relations
  • Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research
  • Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Office of Communications and Public Liaison
  • Office of Science Planning and Assessment
  • President's Cancer Panel
  • The Cancer Genome Atlas Program

All HCIP interns are assigned a mentor.  The mentor, who works in the office to which the intern is assigned, provides guidance to the intern and supervises their work throughout the internship.  The mentor also develops the intern’s training plan, an outline of learning objectives and projects the intern will work on during their internship.  Throughout their internship, HCIP interns are encouraged to attend professional development seminars.

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Examples of Projects/Work Assignments

HCIP interns have worked on many high profile assignments.  Examples of past HCIP projects and work assignments include:

  • Researching and developing briefing materials for the President's Cancer Panel
  • Writing material for newsletters for internal and external audiences
  • Developing comprehensive communication plans
  • Assessing the feasibility of the Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG), a voluntary network connecting individuals and institutions, enabling the sharing of data and tools
  • Standardizing the integration of electronic medical records with various health alerts and information
  • Evaluating NCI's Exhibit Program, which represents NCI at conferences throughout the year
  • Redesigning and updating websites
  • Writing, editing and proofreading health and science stories
  • Developing multimedia presentations for the Science Writers' seminars
  • Assisting in the development of the Understanding NCI: Toll-Free Teleconference Series, in which cancer research experts present issues and discuss them with the public.
  • Assisting with the creation and revision of Consumer Health Profiles (CHP) materials
  • Developing a CIS research library and bibliography
  • Developing promotional materials for research programs
  • Assisting in the development and testing of the Research Portfolio Database

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Work Hours

HCIP interns work full-time (40-hours per week) from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, with a 30-minute lunch break. Changes in schedule must be approved by the intern's supervisor.

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Pay and Benefits


HCIP interns are paid a monthly training stipend through a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA). The amount of your monthly stipend will be based on your undergraduate GPA, your highest earned degree, and your relevant post-degree experience. You will earn exactly 1/12 of your annual stipend rate per month. Your stipend is determined based on your highest degree earned. You can expect to receive between $28,500 and $36,000 per year. Your official stipend will be calculated by your host office and will be communicated to you prior to your arrival at NCI.

Stipends are paid monthly in arrears (i.e., you are paid the first business day of the month for the previous month's work).  Your first payment will be prorated based on the number of days worked.  You will receive your first payment in September.


Your stipend is taxable even though no taxes will be deducted. You will receive reference materials at orientation which will assist you in filing quarterly estimated tax payments to federal and state taxing authorities. You will owe taxes to the state you live in during your internship.

Health Insurance

You are eligible to receive health insurance at no cost through the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES). NCI will pay your monthly premium. If you already hold a health insurance policy in your own name that you would like to keep, NCI will reimburse you for the cost of your policy up to the amount that NCI would have otherwise paid for your insurance.  For more information about health insurance, visit

Other Benefits

  • Paid Federal government holidays
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Professional development seminars
  • Public transportation subsidy
  • Housing database
  • On-site fitness center
  • Recreation and Welfare Association
  • Loan deferment for eligible federal loans

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