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Internships and Fellowships

This page provides examples of possible fellowship and internship opportunities. Please note that available opportunities will vary. For more information, visit Where can I find information on jobs, internships, and volunteering at NLM, NIH, and in the Federal Government? or Contact NLM.


Office of Communications & Public Liaison (OCPL)

OCPL is a point of contact for a variety of information about NLM programs--in written, electronic, and graphic forms.

  • Tour Program Analysis: Analyze tour data to help identify the major sources of tour guests and investigate what other institutions have done to increase traffic.
  • NLM News Web site: Evaluate existing communications office Web sites, suggest required content to be added, and produce sample redesign mockups.


Office of Health Information Programs Development (OHIPD)

OHIPD coordinates efforts related to NLM international programs, our Long Range Plan, and the library's nationwide outreach and consumer health program.

  • As of April 2013, OHIPD has no active or planned internships.


Library Operations (LO)

LO selects, acquires, catalogs, indexes, provides access to and disseminates the material in the NLM collection.

Associate Fellowship Program (AFP)

The National Library of Medicine offers a one-year residency fellowship for recent library science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship. The fellowship, which begins each year in September, offers an opportunity to learn about all aspects of the National Library of Medicine from its products and services to research and development; from policy to administration; and from the changing edges of scholarly communication to meeting the ongoing information needs of health professionals and the public. Additional information and application materials can be found at //

Bibliographic Services Division (BSD)

BSD, a part of Library Operations, provides access to the biomedical journal literature and other data sources produced by NLM.

  • Journal Article Title Translations into English: Evaluate performance of Google Translator for certain languages to create English translations of journal article titles indexed in MEDLINE. Emphasis is on older citations from the 1940s and 1950s. Target languages are: German, Swedish, Italian, Danish, and French.
  • Keyword Mapping to Current MeSH: Research and map old keywords from the Current List of Medical Literature (CLML) printed index and the Cumulated Index Medicus (CIM) print index to current MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Electronic citations from the 1946-1959 CLML and the 1960-1965 CIM are in MEDLINE/PubMed (see //
  • Quarterly Cumulated Index Medicus (QCIM): Assist in the creation and quality control of machine-readable journal citations using scanning and optical character recognition technology on the 1955 and 1956 volumes for addition to PubMed.


History of Medicine Division (HMD)

HMD collects, preserves, makes available, and interprets for diverse audiences – including researchers, educators, students, and the general public – one of the world's richest collections of historical material related to Human health and disease.


Medical Subject Headings Section (MeSH)

MeSH Section continually revises and updates MeSH, the NLM controlled vocabulary thesaurus. Staff also coordinate DailyMed, the NLM website for structured product labels provided by the Food and Drug Administration.

  • User-Centered View of DailyMed for Mobile Devices: Create a user-friendly interface for a mobile version of DailyMed.
  • MeSH Section Web pages: Evaluate current MeSH Section Web pages for appearance, ease of navigation, and cosmetic improvements.


National Information Center on Health Services Research (NICHSR)

NICHSR seeks to improve the collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and dissemination of information on health services research, clinical practice guidelines, and on health care technology, including the assessment of such technology.

  • As of April 2013, NICHSR has no active or planned internships. If interested, Contact NLM for information about emerging opportunities.


National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO)

Coordinated by the National Library of Medicine, the NN/LM is a network of health science libraries and information centers throughout the United States. The NN/LM provides health care professionals and the public equal access to biomedical and health care information resources. The Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) are eight institutions that coordinate health sciences information services regionally under cooperative agreement grants with the NLM.

  • As of April 2013, NNCO has no active or planned internships. Opportunities may be available through the Regional Medical Libraries.


Public Services Division (PSD)

PSD provides access to the NLM collection, offers reference assistance, carries out the library's preservation mission, manages MedlinePlus (the library's consumer health Web site), and coordinates the user experience for the NLM Main Web Site.

  • NLM Customer Services Needs & Satisfaction Survey: The purpose of this project is to develop a survey instrument for customers who contact NLM’s customer service via e-mail or a Web form for assistance.
  • Customer Service Questions and MedlinePlus Form: Analyze types of questions coming from the MedlinePlus "Contact Us" form. Examine a sample of questions, categorize, and determine if questions can be answered by using MedlinePlus Web site. If so, suggest strategies for promoting increase self-service.


Technical Services Division (TSD)

TSD selects, acquires, and catalogs modern materials for the Library’s collection. The division also manages the NLM integrated library system, online public catalogs, and the NLM repository, Digital Collections.

  • As of April 2013, TSD has no active internships. If interested, Contact NLM for information about emerging opportunities.


Specialized Information Services (SIS)

SIS produces information resources on a range of topics covering toxicology, environmental health, HIV/AIDS, drug and consumer product information, and disaster/emergency preparedness and response.

  • Arctic Health Information Portal: Collaborations and Enhancements: Enhance the consumer health topics section of, a website to bring together in one location, information on diverse aspects of the arctic environment and the health of northern peoples.
  • Outreach through Social Media: This project will involve working with the social media team to learn about information outreach through specific methods (such as in-person, presentations or social media) to specific populations through available and new social media outlets.


Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC)

LHNCBC conducts research and development in the application of advanced computing, communications, and biomedical informatics to better inform patients, health care providers, researchers, and the general public. LHNCBC research areas are (1) clinical data standards and electronic medical records, (2) collaboration technologies and mobile health applications, (3) document processing, (4) health information systems, (5) image processing and visualization, and (6) natural language processing.


National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

Creates automated systems for knowledge about molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics; performs basic research on the structure, function, and evolution of biological macromolecules; and coordinates efforts to gather biotechnology information worldwide.

  • As of April 2013, NCBI has no active interships. If interested, Contact NLM for information about emerging opportunities.


Office of Computer & Communications Systems (OCCS)

Provides data processing and data communications support for all elements of the Library.

  • Adoption, Use and Avoidance of Collaboration Platforms at NLM: Explore how and why people use three collaboration platforms at NLM and use that information to inform the future development of these platforms.
  • Project Tracking Tool Adoption: Evaluate two potential tools to track software, Web site, and project development.