Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) occasionally provides internship opportunities for students and/or volunteers to have a front row seat to see how the FNIH brings to life its dynamic work to advance breakthrough biomedical discoveries and improve the quality of people's lives, all in support of the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Legal Intern

The legal intern position is an opportunity to support the mission of the FNIH while learning important legal skills to advance one’s career. The intern will be supervised by the Senior Grants and Contracts Counsel.


The legal intern will work with several in-house attorneys and gain experience by:

  • Researching legal questions and drafting memoranda on corporate and contractual issues;
  • Researching and drafting policy and compliance related materials;
  • Researching and drafting materials for business client education; and
  • Compiling legal information and referral resources.

Desired Experience and Qualifications:

The legal internship is open to law students. Desired qualifications include:

  • Well-organized, self-directed, and able to complete multiple tasks in a timely and efficient manner;
  • Excellent research, writing and analytical skills;
  • Excellent communication skills and adept in working in a collaborative environment; and
  • Experience working in a biomedical or research industry and/or science background is desirable but not required.


The intern is required to commit approximately 10 hours a week. The schedule is negotiable but should be available during normal business hours which are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. Most of the internship will be conducted offsite with occasional visits to the FNIH office in North Bethesda, Maryland.

How to Apply and Materials Needed:

Please submit your materials to Lynn Smelkinson, Senior Grants and Contracts Counsel at Materials should include a resume, short cover letter explaining how the internship fits into your career/school goals, a 3-5 page writing sample, and an unofficial transcript from your JD or LLM program.

About the FNIH

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) creates and manages alliances with public and private institutions in support of the mission of the National Institutes of Health, the world’s premier medical research agency. The Foundation works with its partners to accelerate biomedical research and strategies against diseases and health concerns in the United States and across the globe. The FNIH organizes and administers research projects; supports education and training of new researchers; organizes educational events and symposia; and administers a series of funds supporting a wide range of health issues. Established by Congress in 1990, the FNIH is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For additional information about the FNIH, please visit

11400 Rockville Pike, Suite 600
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Our office is located in the Washington, DC suburb of North Bethesda, Maryland near the White Flint Metro Station (Red Line).

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