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FDA Product-Specific Programs

FDA product centers and offices offer a wide range of internships, fellowships, and graduate faculty programs in their specific product and knowledge areas for those students and professionals interested in pursuing a science career with the Agency.  

Medical Device Program Opportunities

 How Is Diabetes Treated in Children? - (JPG)Students thinking about careers in science, engineering, and medicine may want to consider the exciting challenge of an internship with FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).


Its Device Evaluation Intern Program enables you test your educational interests in a practical work environment, gain entry-level professional experience, work alongside some of FDA’s premiere health care experts, establish professional contacts, and acquire an exclusive learning experience. Although most interns work for ODE during the summer, FDA accepts a limited number of interns for autumn and spring semester positions.

And for physicians with clinical or surgical expertise, biomedical, mechanical, electrical, and software engineers, or students, FDA’s Medical Device Fellowship Program offers exciting opportunities to foster scientific innovation in the medical device field. 

As a regulator of a wide array of medical devices, FDA is deeply involved with cutting-edge medical device technology areas, including genomics, diagnostics for personalized medicine, artificial hearts, and tissue engineered wound dressing with cells. 

The program is part of External Expertise and Partnerships (EEP), which was formed to help FDA keep pace with rapidly developing new technology, and to make the best available science-based decisions by consulting with experts in academia, other government entities, clinical practice, and the military. 


Veterinary Research Program Opportunities


For more than 20 years, FDA 's Veterinary Clerkship Program has given students a comprehensive perspective on the vital role that federal veterinarians play in safeguarding animal and human health.

The only Veterinary Clerkship Program of its kind in the United States, this year-round program gives fourth-year veterinary students a real-world chance to see how FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) develops and implements the policies that guide the approval of new animal drugs.

CVM also offers a 10-week Windows to Regulatory Research Internship Program during the summer to top undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The program provides hands-on experience conducting research and performing in-depth technical reviews of data applicable to animal health and food safety.


Opportunities for Toxicology Research


If you’re an undergraduate or a graduate science and mathematics student living in the Arkansas area, FDA’s National Center for Toxicology Research (NCTR) offers a 10-week Summer Student Research Program that provides you with hands-on research and laboratory experience. You’ll be mentored by FDA scientists who’ll assist you in preparing for future careers in toxicology, regulatory science, or related scientific disciplines.


Tobacco Regulation Opportunities

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Are you a mid-career professional in the field of behavioral science, biomedical science, or biomedical engineering who’d like to help advance regulatory science as it relates to regulating tobacco products and their use? 

The Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship, a 12-month collaborative program between FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), offers you an excellent opportunity to participate in developing science-based public health strategies to counter the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

FDA Scientific Training for Domestic and Foreign Scientists

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) also provides practical scientific training experiences at FDA for domestic and foreign scientists through temporary contractual fellowship appointments.  Applicants may be post-doctoral or pre-doctoral candidates, university faculty, summer students, as well as foreign nationals. FDA considers other applicants—including established research scientists interested in new training activities—on a case-by-case basis.