Internship Opportunity: IRB Training Program

April 11, 2017

National Institutes of Health IRB Internship Program Fall 2017


Members of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), IRB administrators, research ethics committees, tribal governance bodies, and others who are currently employed in positions related to research participant protections are invited to apply for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) IRB Internship Program.

The Department of Bioethics, NIH, offers an IRB internship each fall. Selected interns will observe meetings of intramural IRBs, shadow IRB staff, attend the NIH human subjects research ethics course, attend IRB training courses and staff meetings, and take part in various seminars offered by the Department of Bioethics. Interns may also participate in elective activities, such as visiting the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) or serving as ad hoc reviewers of IRB protocols, depending on interest and expertise. Interns will be given a workspace in the Department of Bioethics within the NIH Clinical Center.

Participants will be presented with a Certificate upon successful completion of the internship. The program runs from early-September to mid-December.


Program Requirements

  1. Completion of the application packet. The application deadline is April 30, 2017.
  2. An interest in learning more about U.S. Federal human subjects protections, IRB administration and function, and bioethics, with the goal of enhancing involvement in these activities at the applicant’s home institution. There are no specific educational prerequisites. International candidates are welcome to apply.
  3. Institutional or community endorsement of the application, including a statement describing how the applicant is involved in, or will be involved in, IRB review or research ethics oversight at their institution and/or within their community; and how participation in the NIH internship program will enhance involvement in these activities. Such involvement might be as a member of an IRB or research committee, having a role in setting human subjects protection policy, or as an academic in a related field.
  4. Proficiency in EnglishThere is no charge for the program. The Department offers a stipend to cover round trip economy class travel expenses from the intern’s home city to Bethesda, MD, as well as living expenses for the approximately 3½ month duration of the internship, up to a total of USD $15,000 for international trainees. The Department does not have accommodations to offer; interns typically find short-term rentals in the local/Bethesda area near NIH.


Application Packet

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. Statement of interest in the program, including a description of current position related to research participant protections, how the internship will be useful for that work in the home institution or community, and what one hopes to learn from participation.
  2. Institutional, community, or tribe endorsement letter from an official or community leader. The endorsement should include a statement on how the internship relates to the applicant’s duties or responsibilities within their home institution or community.
  3. Curriculum vitae.
  4. If your native language is not English, evidence of English proficiency, such as TOEFL score, IELTS score, or previous education at English-speaking institutions.

Preferred File Format: We prefer receiving documents as PDF (.pdf) formatted documents.

Applications for the Fall 2017 session will be accepted between April 1st – April 30th, 2017.

Submit your completed applications to with “IRB Training Program 2017 – [APPLICANT LAST NAME, FIRST NAME] in the subject line.

Alternatively, applications may be mailed to the following address:

Renee Goodman
Department of Bioethics
Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health
10 Center Drive, Suite 1C118
Bethesda, MD 20892-1156

Please note that mailed applications need to be received by the April 30, 2017 deadline in order to be considered.

Applicants will be notified on or before May 27, 2017, by letter or e-mail.



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