January 19, 2024

STEP-UP Internship

STEP-UP: Short-Term Research Experience Program to Unlock Potential

Application Deadline: February 15th

Why apply to STEP-UP? Hands-on lab work. Do real research in a genuine lab setting. Wide range of research choices. From engineering to health — and almost everything in between. Get paid. Receive up to a $2,500 stipend HS and $5,500 stipend undergraduate for your efforts. Career inroads. Expand your job and post-graduate network through program contacts.

Inclusion at its Heart. Designed with a focus on underrepresented students. Flexible Location. Close to home or far away — almost anywhere in the US. Mentor-Guided Support. Work side-by-side with experienced researchers.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements for High School & Undergraduate Students

NIH encourages institutions to increase diversity in their student and faculty populations. To promote diversity and equity for students, and access to science, STEP-UP strives to increase research and educational opportunities for individuals who are underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences fields.

When applying to STEP-UP, applicants must meet all of the general and academic requirements at time of application submission, and one or more of the diversity and equity requirements.

Please read the eligibility requirements carefully, as they may differ from other NIH-funded programs.

General Requirements

  • Be a U.S. Citizen, non-citizen national, or legal permanent resident
  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Give proof of personal medical/health insurance coverage throughout the duration of the program. Exceptions will be made for students residing in the following U.S. territories: Marshall Island, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Saipan, and Guam.
  • Commit to completing the program

Academic Requirements

  • Be enrolled in a high school or an accredited U.S. college or university, or plan to be enrolled in the fall
    • High school students should be in their junior or senior year of high school during the application period
    • Undergraduate students should currently be enrolled as a full-time student at a U.S. accredited two-year or four-year college or university. Graduating college seniors are not eligible for the program.
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale), although exceptions may be granted

Diversity and Equity Requirements