Nathan Schnaper Summer Intern Program in Cancer Research (NSIP)

Program Description:

  • Under the Direction of Dr. Bret Hassel, the NSIP matches undergraduate students with UMGCC faculty mentors for a 10-week summer internship in cancer research.
  • Interns conduct research in cutting edge areas of basic, translational and clinical cancer biology including drug resistance, signal transduction, apoptosis, and angiogenesis.
  • Interns learn about diverse topics in cancer research and career paths in biomedical sciences through weekly ‘Meet the Mentors’ discussions and seminars in conjunction with the Office for Student Research.
  • Interns gain exposure to clinical medicine through shadowing UMGCC clinicians.
  • Social activities provide an opportunity for informal interactions with mentors and labmates, and for interns to learn more about the UMGCC research community.
  • At the conclusion of the internship, the interns deliver oral and poster presentations of their research to the mentors, program sponsors, and research faculty.


  • Applications for the ~12-14 internships awarded per summer are reviewed by committee.
  • Undergraduate students with a genuine interest in cancer research, as reflected in their application package, are considered on a competitive basis.
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents
  • Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Financial Compensation:

  • Interns receive a stipend of $2,000 for the 10 week internship.
  • Parking fees may be compensated depending on the availability of funding.
  • We regret that we are unable to provide compensation for housing in the Baltimore area. If admitted to the program, the student is responsible for securing accommodations for the duration of the internship. Click here to learn about potential housing opportunities.

How to Apply:

The following application materials must be received by the MARCH 1 DEADLINE:

  • Resume, including address, e-mail, and phone number where you can be reached after March 1.
  • Application form, including a brief essay describing your career and academic interests. Please limit your responses to the space provided.
  • Transcript of your grades
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
    • Recommendation form (PDF) (DOC)

NOTE: If you apply using the pdf version of the application form, please download and save the file first, then open it with Adobe Reader in order to enter your information. A free version of Adobe Reader can be downloaded at

Send application packet via email attachment (preferred) or standard mail to:

Dr. Bret Hassel
University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center
655 West Redwood Street, 9th floor BRB
Baltimore, MD 21201

Applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision by April 1

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Bret Hassel
NSIP Director
Phone: 410-328-2344

Links to further information on the NSIP:

History of the NSIP:

Additional forms:


We are grateful to the following individuals and organizations for their generous support of the Summer Intern Program in Cancer Research:

  • Mrs. Doris Rief
  • Dr. Nathan Schnaper Summer Student Scholarship Fund
  • The Baltimore Orioles in honor of Dr. Schnaper’s annual Intern Night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

To contribute to the UMGCC Summer Internship Endowment, contact the UMMS Foundation at 410-328-2344.

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