The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) offers a Summer Research Program that provides outstanding opportunities for high school, undergraduate, graduate, and medical students contemplating a career in biomedical research or academic medicine. Our interns learn new skills, receive career mentoring from NIAMS researchers, attend lectures and symposia, engage in basic and clinical research, and gain credentials that help them pursue their career goals.

Here’s what this year’s group had to say about their experiences:

 

Stephen Butler

Stephen Butler
Office of Clinical Director
University of Maryland College Park Junior

"It has been a great experience working at NIAMS. I learn something new every day. I have been learning so much about the different types of diseases studied at NIAMS and all the people affected by them."

 

Laura Ciaccia

Laura Ciaccia
Molecular Immunology and Inflammation Branch
Boston University Senior

"My internship this summer has really been a watershed for me; it has altered the path of my career."

 

Jennifer Jacobi

Jennifer Jacobi
Cartilage Biology and Orthopaedics Branch
University of Missouri Rolla Senior

"Working at NIH has allowed me to witness various ways of approaching science and carrying out experiments. I am learning so much, but I feel more like a colleague than a student."

 

Natalie Leong

Natalie Leong
Cartilage Biology and Orthopaedics Branch
Columbia University Senior

"It has been a privilege to work with so many talented scientists in the field."

 

 

Brittany Manvilla

Brittany Manvilla
Laboratory of Structural Biology
Graduated from University of Maryland College Park

"Without my experience in a NIAMS lab, I wouldn’t have found my field of study for graduate school."

 

 

Katie Marrow

Katie Marrow
Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Towson University Junior

“As a returning summer student at NIAMS, I have continued to gain knowledge that I know I will use for the rest of my life. I am very thankful to be a part of an organization that has such a huge impact on the world."

 

Rocio Nieto

Rocio Nieto
Genetics and Genomics Branch
Montgomery College second year

“It has been more than just a learning experience working at NIAMS; it has allowed me to interact with the Latino population and their health needs."

 

Bode Ogunwole

Bode Ogunwole
Laboratory of Structural Biology
Harvard University Senior

“NIAMS has so many opportunities and resources. It has been such a great experience; it far exceeds any previous research experiences that I have had in the past."

 

Chukwuma Ogunwole

Chukwuma Ogunwole
Genetics and Genomics Branch
Georgetown Prep Junior

"I am glad to have this opportunity to work at one of the best institutes in the world."

 

 

Yemmy Oladiran

Yemmy Oladiran
Office of Clinical Director
McDaniel College Sophomore

“I love working at NIH; I feel very comfortable with the people I work with and feel as if I can come back and seek help if ever I need it in the future."

 

Ben Sobel

Ben Sobel
X-Ray Crystallography Facility
Walt Whitman High School Junior

“I really enjoy working in the labs; the people are very nice and I have learned a lot about science, diseases, and crystallography."

 

Ben Solomon

Ben Solomon
Lymphocyte Cell Biology Section
Cornell University Sophomore

“I have found that my time in the labs has been an immense experience. The staff and scientists at NIAMS have really helped me accomplish things that I didn’t think would be possible at this point in time as a college sophomore."

 

Matthew Niemeyer

Matthew Niemeyer
Cartilage Biology and Orthopaedics Branch
University of Michigan Medical School, First Year Student

“I had an incredible experience this past summer. The NIAMS summer fellowship program allowed me to learn from outstanding scientists and conduct research that will lead to improvements in clinical and surgical practices. My mentors and peers made summer research an enthusiastic and enriching experience- one that will serve me well down the road."

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