National Institutes of Health Pathways Program

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What is the Pathways Program?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pathways Program offers three “paths” to employment for current students and recent graduates.  

  • Internship Program: designed to give current students the opportunity to join the NIH and gain a valuable experience while preparing for a career with us.
  • Recent Graduate Program: designed to provide developmental experience to promote possible careers at the NIH to those who have recently graduated
  • Presidential Management Fellows Program: the federal government’s premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates, focuses on developing a cadre of potential government leaders

Interns may be converted to a permanent federal position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of the program.

Who Can Apply?

  • Current students in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges); and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying certificate programs.
  • U.S. Citizen or non-U.S. citizen, national or legal permanent resident
  • Candidates at least 16 years old, who obtain/maintain a minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and must maintain student eligibility for the duration of the internship

What are the Benefits?

The NIH offers valuable work experience for students to contribute to and support research designed to enhance the health of the nation. With a variety of program areas, student trainee positions, and entry-level career options, the NIH seeks the best and brightest students and recent graduates to bring their knowledge and skills to our diverse workforce.

Why Choose NIAID?

NIAID conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. Among the 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the NIH, NIAID has a unique mandate, which requires the Institute to respond to emerging public health threats. Toward this end, NIAID manages a complex and diverse research portfolio. 

Join NIAID and make a difference!

Upcoming Pathways Announcements Dates

  • Pathways Temp Student Trainee (Summer) – February 2023
  • Pathways Indefinite Student Trainee – August 2023
  • Presidential Management Fellow Announcement – March and June 2023
  • Recent Grad - Program Specialist June 26,
  • Pathways Indefinite Student Trainee - August 14

Visit NIAID Careers Opportunities often for more information upon the announcements openings.

Visit the NIH Pathways Program for more information about the program, required qualifications, and how to apply.

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