How to Apply and Important Program Dates

How to Apply

The following application materials must be received by the March 1 deadline

  • Application form, including a brief essay describing how the NSIP will foster your academic/career interests. 
    • Please limit your responses to the character limits designated on the form. 
  • Transcript of your grades (must include Fall semester grades and be submitted electronically if possible). 
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation using the official form provided below. Click on the links to either the pdf or Word document to download the files. Both the letter AND completed official recommendation form must be received for applications to be considered complete; only complete applications will be reviewed. 

The application form is submitted directly online; all other material should be sent as .doc or pdf email attachments to

Note: PDF forms to be submitted via email should be downloaded and saved first, then opened with Adobe Reader in order to enter your information. A free version of Adobe Reader can be downloaded at

Important NSIP dates

  • December 1: Application period opens. 
  • March 1: All application materials must be received (see below). 
  • April 1 (or earlier): Interns will be notified of the selection committee’s decision; applicants offered an NSIP internship must respond within two weeks with their decision to accept or decline the offer.
  • May 23: NSIP begins, all inaterns must report to the UMSOM for orientation, safety and ethics training, laboratory practice and techniques course.
  • June-July: Laboratory research, clinical shadowing, professional development and more. See NSIP schedule.
  • Week of July 25: Oral and poster presentations of intern research, program evaluation and exit interview.
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