Science & Research

Regulatory Science Student Internship Program

Grad Students interning at FDA and attending lectures

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 to our Regulatory Science Internship Program.  The dates for the next application cycle are TBA this late fall/early winter. 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
  • Discover how FDA addresses public health issues
  • Gain professional experience
  • Enhance your academic experiences through real-world projects in a regulatory science environment
  • Describe 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:

  • Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at an accredited institution on at least a half-time basis
  • Be U.S. citizens.

Your time commitment 

Your work schedule is determined by the mentor and mentee.

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 to be considered for the summer to: regsciprofessionaldevelopmentops@fda.hhs.govThe dates for the next cycle are TBA late fall/early winter.

  • Application form
  • Resume (include research activities, honors, awards and any relevant accomplishment
  • Most current 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 for an interview. 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.


*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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