The Frederick National Laboratory supports the next generation of biomedical researchers. We participate in fellowships and training opportunities for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as recent graduates. The Frederick National Laboratory hires students with an undergraduate and/or graduate degree to work in our laboratories as fellows. These positions offer early career researchers the chance to participate in biomedical projects.

We have established a number of academic partnerships that include training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from our partner institutions. This training program is overseen by our Partnership Development Office through the Academic Engagement program.

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Post-bac & Post-doc

Fellowship opportunities

We offer post-baccalaureate and post-doctoral fellow positions across our programs and laboratories. These positions can be limited and may not always be offered.

Opportunities through government programs

Our investigators serve as mentors in internship programs within the National Institutes of Health Office of Intramural Training and Education and the National Cancer Institute at Frederick. Students can apply to these opportunities outside the Frederick National Laboratory for a chance to work in one of our laboratories.

Undergraduate & graduate students: National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply to participate in the summer internship program in biomedical research, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The Summer Internship Program is a paid internship and opportunities are offered at various National Institutes of Health locations. The National Cancer Institute at Frederick welcomes eligible college, graduate and professional students to spend eight to 10 weeks conducting biomedical research or with programs in support of biomedical research, such as:  

  • bioinformatics 
  • data analysis 
  • statistics 
  • public affairs and communications 
  • scientific education outreach 
  • project management   

Summer internships may include placements with the Frederick National Laboratory. 

When completing your application you will be able to select any and all locations for which you wish to be considered. Students interested in a Frederick placement must specify the location in their application. Some points to note:

  • The internship is highly competitive. Over the past several years, fewer than 20% of applicants were selected for the program. You can improve your chances of being selected by contacting individual investigators with whom you would like to work.  
  • This is not to suggest that you should send a general email to scores of investigators. Such an inquiry is not likely to be successfully received. 
  • Instead, identify four or five investigators at the institute you wish to work and whose science interests you. Learn about their specific area of research so you can address it and communicate in your email your interest in working with the investigator and his or her team. All Frederick National Laboratory scientific programs are listed under Research & Technology.

Contact Carrie Wagerman in the Office of Scientific Operations at NCI Frederick with questions about Frederick placements for the Summer Internship Program.

High school students: Werner H. Kirsten Student  Intern Program 

The Werner H. Kirsten Student Intern Program at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick is for rising high school seniors to conduct research or perform administrative functions in a scientific environment. Application is made during the junior year. 

  • Hands-on laboratory training 
  • Projects in budgeting, human resources, information technology, graphics and media, and more 
  • Assigned mentors 
  • Lecture series 

Contact the WHK Intern Program with questions.