About FDA

Science Internship Program (NCTR)

This program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and is designed for science and mathematics students enrolled full-time in undergraduate or graduate schools located in the FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) commuting area. The program provides long-term development and hands-on research and laboratory experience mentored by FDA scientists for students preparing for future careers in toxicology, regulatory science, or related scientific disciplines. 

During regular semesters, student participants may work a maximum of 20 hours per week and convert to 40 hours per week during holiday periods and summer. Stipends are determined by the level of education and are considered fellowship grants. 


  • Good standing at an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher (based on A=4.0)
  • Proof of health insurance prior to effective date of appointment
  • Program is open to all qualified U.S. citizens without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, handicap, or national origin.

Submit Application by Mail or Fax to:

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
FDA Programs - Postgraduate Research Program
PO Box 117
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117

Fax:  (865) 241-5219, Attn: FDA Programs

Contact FDA

National Center for Toxicological Research

Food and Drug Administration

3900 NCTR Road

Jefferson, AR 72079

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