Science & Research

Regulatory Science Student Internship Program

Grad Students interning at FDA and attending lectures


Graduate students in good standing, are you interested in training opportunities this summer in the burgeoning, cutting-edge field of regulatory science? Then FDA invites you to apply now through March 27, 2015 to our Regulatory Science Internship Program.  The Program is an unpaid internship that is part of the Student Volunteer Service Program.*

The internship gives you unique training opportunities that will enable you to:

  • Explore FDA career possibilities
  • Learn about how FDA addresses public health issues
  • Gain professional experience
  • Enhance your academic experiences through real-world projects in a regulatory science environment
  • Understand FDA’s mission and organization
  • Participate in select FDA courses, lectures and seminars, and
  • Meet senior FDA staff

What you need to be eligible

All applicants must:

  • Have a college degree
  • Be enrolled in a graduate degree-seeking program at an accredited institution on at least a half-time basis
  • Be in good standing with their academic institution
  • Be U.S. citizens.

Your time commitment 

Interns are selected by mentors to work during the summer months.

Program requirements

Program participants will develop and implement an individual development plan with a mentor and complete a mentor-guided project in a regulatory science priority area. Volunteer interns will not have access to commercial confidential information and any trade secrets.

How you apply

To apply, please submit one pdf file with the following documents by March 27, 2015 to be considered for the summer to: regsciprofessionaldevelopmentops@fda.hhs.gov.

  • Application form
  • Resume (include research activities, honors, awards and any relevant accomplishment
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals having direct knowledge of your scientific interest and ability.

Once we receive your application, you'll receive an e-mail from FDA confirming that we've received your application. Applications are retained for six months.

How you're selected

An FDA mentor will contact you directly. If you are selected, you must pass a background/security clearance. Before starting at FDA, you must provide proof of enrollment and submit the Regulatory Science Student Internship Agreement.

Interns are responsible for arranging their own housing, transportation, and parking before the internship.

Forms 

*Authorized under 5 U.S.C. 3111. Participants in the Regulatory Science Internship Program are unpaid volunteers and distinct from paid interns serving under the Pathways Program or other internship programs authorized by law. A student volunteer is not a Federal employee for any purpose other than injury compensation and law related to the Tort Claims Act. Service is not creditable for leave or any other employee benefits.

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