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“The promise of genomics cannot be fully achieved without successfully attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce that includes people from groups currently underrepresented in the genomics enterprise.” 

– Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., NHGRI Director


The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Division of Intramural Research is one of the premier research programs in genome sciences. NHGRI scientists have embarked on a number of efforts to unearth clues about the complex genetic pathways involved in human diseases. These efforts have used genomic sequence data from humans and other species to pinpoint hundreds of potential disease genes, including those associated with cancer; diabetes; premature aging; hereditary deafness; various neurological, developmental, metabolic and immunological disorders; and others. The NHGRI intramural program performs research at the intersection of genomics and the social and behavioral sciences. It also trains the next generation of genome scientists and clinicians in this domain.  

The Immersive Summer Program for Research in Genomics (iSPRinG) aims to build and sustain a skilled and diverse workforce of genome scientists in basic, behavioral, clinical and social science research.  

iSPRinG will introduce highly motivated students to the field of genomics research. Program participants will gain experience in the full spectrum of genomics research at NHGRI. Students will work alongside leaders in the field, receive individualized research mentoring, learn about careers in genomics and have access to a network of early-career genome scientists. Students will also attend seminars led by distinguished scientists, engage in career development activities and present their summer research projects at the NIH Summer Poster Day. 

How to Apply

iSPRinG is a subprogram of the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP). The application for summer 2024 has now closed.


Applicants must be: 

  • 17 years of age or older by June 15, 2024. 
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents 
  • Enrolled at least half-time in an accredited college (including community college) or university as an undergraduate, graduate or professional student at the time of application, OR have been accepted into an accredited college or university program for the fall semester. 
  • Able to commit to a paid internship for a minimum of eight to ten full weeks.

NHGRI encourages individuals from racial and ethnic groups who have been underrepresented in biomedical research (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), individuals with disabilities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply. 

For more information, email NHGRI.iSPRinG@mail.nih.gov

Last updated: January 23, 2024