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NLM Intramual Research Program

NLM Data Science and Informatics (DSI) Scholars Program

six diverse interns working together

We’re seeking exceptional candidates to join us in summer 2023 for the NLM Data Science and Informatics (DSI) Scholars Program!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is committed to offering unique training opportunities to students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in computational health and computational biology research. NLM understands that the pace of data science innovation is rapidly accelerating, and to best drive this innovation and scientific advancement, our community needs a workforce that embodies our nation’s diversity.

NLM is dedicated to meeting this need through the NLM DSI Scholars Program, an 8- to 12-week summer internship where interns contribute their skills and perspectives to computational research projects in the biological sciences. DSI Scholars will gain valuable experience in a collaborative research environment while working one-on-one with a research mentor. They will also develop scientific communication skills and actively participate in seminars and professional development workshops. This experience will culminate in presentations they will give at the NLM Trainee Retreat and the NIH-wide Summer Poster Day.

Detailed descriptions of NLM research areas are available through the NLM Intramural Research Program website.

Internship Details

Dates: The DSI Scholars Program starts in June and runs for 8 to 12 weeks. Start dates and internship durations are flexible to accommodate interns’ individual needs.

Stipend: DSI Scholars are paid according to the NIH Intramural Research Training Award stipends , which are updated annually and based on education and experience.

Work Hours: The DSI Scholars Program is a full-time internship. Interns will dedicate 35 to 40 hours per week to research.

Location: NLM is located on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Housing: NIH does not provide housing for interns. Please visit the OITE website for guidance and tips on moving to the Bethesda area.

Virtual Internship Option: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NIH summer internships ran virtually in 2021 and 2022. A decision has not yet been made on whether the 2023 summer internships will be in person, virtual, or hybrid. Please visit the NIH SIP website for up-to-date information on summer 2023.


To be considered for the DSI Scholars Program, students should:

  • Have completed coursework relevant to computer science, data science, informatics, mathematics, or related subjects.
  • Have an interest in using computational methods to answer questions related to biology, biomedicine, or health sciences.
  • Be at least 17 years of age by June 15, 2023.
    NOTE: If the intern’s start date is before June 15, they must be 17 years of age by the internship start date.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited U.S. college (including community college), university, or professional school (e.g., medical, dental, pharmacy)
    Be accepted into an accredited college, university, or professional program for fall 2023.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale


  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2023
  • Apply online through the NIH Summer Internship Program. For Question 8 on your online application, choose “Preferred Institute/Center (IC): National Library of Medicine (NLM).”
  • After you submit your NIH SIP application, email Dr. Virginia Meyer at using the subject “NLM-DSI Scholars Program Application”.

NOTE: You must complete BOTH the NIH Summer Internship Program application and email Dr. Virginia Meyer to be considered. The selection committee will consider your NIH Summer Internship Program application in their decision.

NLM encourages applications from students from racial and ethnic groups that have been underrepresented in health-related sciences; students with disabilities; students who are Pell Grant-eligible; students who are enrolled in Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); students who identify as LGBTQIA+; and individuals disadvantaged by circumstances that have negatively impacted their educational opportunities, including recent natural disasters.

Additional Questions?

Please contact the NLM Intramural Research Program Training Director, Dr. Virginia Meyer at

Interested in long-term research training at NLM? Contact Dr. Meyer or visit the NLM Intramural Training Opportunities website to learn more.