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NLM Intramural Research Program

Diversity in Data Science and Informatics (DDSI)
Research Summer Internship Program

six diverse interns working together

Program Description

The NLM Diversity in Data Science and Informatics (DDSI) research program provides biomedical informatics training and research opportunities to students from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups, in computer science and related fields. As a leader in biomedical informatics and computational biology research, NLM understands that the pace of data science innovation is rapidly increasing. The NLM Intramural Research Program (IRP) is dedicated to providing equitable training opportunities to the next generation of leaders in data science and informatics. A diverse workforce is necessary to drive innovation and scientific advancement and is imperative to ensuring that computational tools and data sets are free from bias.

DDSI interns can be involved with ongoing projects in groups run by principal investigators within the NLM IRP. Research at NLM is organized into six areas:

  • Evolutionary Genomics and Biomolecular Structure
  • Health Information Standards and Discovery
  • Image Processing
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Networks, Gene Regulation, and Chromatin
  • Statistical Methods for Biological Inquiry

Detailed descriptions of each research area are available on the NLM IRP website. DDSI participants will contribute to research projects mentored by senior researchers within their group. Interns will also engage in:

  • research seminars by investigators at NLM and across the NIH;
  • career seminars from NIH leaders and a career panel with NLM alumni working in the bioinformatics and computer science fields;
  • the Summer Internship Codeathon hosted by the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy;
  • a tour of the Library’s world-class collection and state-of-the-art computing resources;
  • bioinformatics journal clubs hosted by NLM Fellows;
  • resilience and wellness workshops and career events hosted by the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE).

The DDSI internship experience culminates in research presentations at the NLM Summer Research Festival and the annual NIH Summer Poster Day.

Internship Details

Dates: The DDSI summer internship starts in June and runs for 8-12 weeks. Start dates and internship duration are accommodating and flexible.

Stipend: Interns are paid according to the NIH Intramural Research Training Award stipends, which are based on education level and experience and are updated annually. Current stipend levels are listed here.

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

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


Candidates must meet the following requirements to be considered for the DDSI summer internship:

  • At least 17 years of age by June 15, 2022 (Note: if the internship start date falls before June 15, you must be age 17 by the internship start date)
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled at least half-time in an accredited US college (including community college), university, or professional school (e.g., medical, dental, pharmacy)
    accepted into an accredited college or university program for fall 2022
  • Completed coursework relevant to computer science, data science, informatics, or statistical research
  • Have an interest in using computational methods to answer biological, biomedical, or health-science related questions
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale


  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2022
  • 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 application, email Dr. Virginia Meyer at using the subject “NLM-DDSI Application.”
  • Once your application has been confirmed, you will be asked to complete two additional essays which will be included as part of the application review process. The essays are limited to 250 words each.

Additional Questions?

Please contact the NLM IRP Training Coordinator:

Virginia Meyer, Ph.D.
Training Coordinator
NLM Intramural Research Division
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-0234