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Giselle, NIDA Intern

My name is Giselle and I’m from the enchanting island of Puerto Rico. This summer I’m doing an internship at the Office of Science Policy and Communications, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). I won’t have pristine beaches to visit, but while I’m here at the Neuroscience Center in Rockville, Maryland, I’m looking forward to learning about the science behind the brain, drug abuse, my body, and a lot more! I’m hoping to write a couple of blog posts about this so stay tuned. And by the way, cool scientists are blogging too!

Have you already visited all the sections of the NIDA Web site? If not, you should! It feels great when you know how your body works. Start learning!

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yeah yeah..i like it and wish i could join the program...

Hi Sara, could you explain how you got into a internship at NIDA? Do you have an option there to get involve in any clinical trial? Thanks,

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@Proemed One of NIDA's current interns responds: Thank you for your question, Jim! There are many different ways to get involved with the National Institutes of Health and in particular, with NIDA. An internship is a perfect way to gain some experience and learn new things that can’t really be taught in school. For example, you might learn how to research and organize data, or give presentations, or even work in a science lab! Applying to be an intern at NIDA is simple – just visit the NIH training program website ( Here, you can find if you are eligible to apply to internship opportunities that will make you a part of the NIH community. Remember that applications should be sent by March 1st in order to be considered for a summer internship! It is also smart to do your research before you apply for an internship. Take the time to browse the NIDA website and find out what topics you are interested in. Finding out what interests you is important in deciding where to apply. Another way of becoming involved in the NIH community is by participating in Clinical Trials. Clinical Trials are an important step in the research process. If you are interested in participating in a trial, you must first find one in your area, and then find out if you are eligible for it. Since each Clinical Trial evaluates different medications, each Trial has very specific eligibility criteria. Normally both healthy people and those with a particular illness can participate. The Clinical Trials Network website ( allows you to search for Clinical Trials happening in your area. If you find a study that is still recruiting, know before you sign up that there are both benefits and risks associated with participating in a study. Usually, you must be 18 or older to participate. If you are looking to become more involved in the community, or to gain valuable, working experience at NIH, I encourage you to visit the Clinical Trials Network website or the training program website to learn how you can apply!

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