2011 NIH COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
We are pleased to announce the 2011 NIH Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP). The purpose of this program is to increase the number of community college students who participate in the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP). The long-term goal is to increase the number of community college students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities and consider careers in the biomedical sciences. In addition to performing full-time research in a laboratory or on a project at the NIH, CCSEP interns will meet each week as a group to participate in workshops and courses focused on the development of academic and professional skills in preparation for careers in health care and in social, behavioral, and biomedical research.
CCSEP interns are a part of the larger NIH Summer Internship Program or SIP, so all opportunities and responsibilities that apply to SIP interns also apply to CCSEP interns.
Download the CCSEP Flyer.
CCSEP applicants must meet all eligibility requirements for the NIH Summer Internship Program. They must be:
U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
Enrolled at least half-time in an U.S. accredited Community College**; and
At least sixteen years of age when they begin the program.
In addition, they must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
**Students enrolled in dual-programs with four-year institutions or high school accelerated programs are ineligible for CCSEP
To apply, you must complete the standard SIP application and indicate in your cover letter that you are applying for CCSEP. The application deadline for CCSEP, including receipt of reference letters, is January 15, 2011.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE INDICATE IN YOUR SIP APPLICATION COVER LETTER THAT YOU ARE APPLYING FOR CCSEP.
HOW WILL THE PROGRAM WORK?
Individuals who are selected for the CCSEP will be matched with NIH principal investigators (PIs) who have indicated their interest in hosting a community college student. Every effort will be made to match the research interests the applicant describes in the application with the principal investigator’s ongoing projects.
The exact dates for the summer experience will be negotiated between each community college intern and his/her PI. However, all interns in the CCSEP program will be required to be on campus during the core program period from June 6 through August 8, 2011. Summer internships are full-time positions; interns are expected to devote a minimum of 40 hours per week to their projects and training. In return, interns receive a stipend, determined by educational level. Funds for local transportation to and from the NIH will be provided as well.
During the summer, the Office of Intramural Research & Training will offer workshops and seminars, focused specifically on community college students, that cover career and professional development topics. Examples of planned activities include an orientation to the NIH; writing and oral presentation skills workshops; career advising; and workshops on scientific skills such as reading a scientific paper, keeping a lab notebook, and understanding scientific ethics. Attendance at these CCSEP group activities will be expected. At the end of the summer, each participant in the CCSEP will be expected to present his/her work at Summer Poster Day.