Internship Program

The mission of The Children’s Inn at NIH is to fully and consistently meet the needs of children and families participating in groundbreaking research at the National Institutes of Health through:

  • Responding to evolving family support needs for pediatric research and clinical care
  • Providing a free family-centered “Place Like Home”
  • Reducing the burden of illness through therapeutic, educational and recreational programming

The Inn has a unique public-private partnership with the NIH. Candidates would have the opportunity to be exposed to federal policies and procedures as well as the operations and management of a non-profit organization. For those interested in working with children and families managing chronic and/or life-threatening illness, The Inn offers a special opportunity.

Rotations in the following areas are among the options, with the possibility of additional rotations based on the needs of candidates and the organization.

Examples of Internships:

Human Resources Property Management
Facilities Residential Program Operations
Non-profit Management Legal Issues in a Non-profit Operating within a Federal Environment
Fundraising and Communications Association Management
Board and Committee Administration Volunteer Management
Child and Family Programming Financial Management


The Children’s Inn is looking for motivated college juniors, seniors and graduate students who are positive, energetic and compassionate; have the ability to work with families in crisis, are flexible and adapt to priority changes; are reliable and committed; pay attention to detail; enjoy learning new things; strive to produce high-quality work; conduct themselves in a professional manner and are very organized. Majors/backgrounds which would best fit our internships include: Behavioral & Social Science, Social Work, Healthcare, Public Health, Business Administration/Management, Public Policy, Communications, and Architecture & Construction, but we are open to others who may be interested in a non-profit or hospitality house environment.

Through the development of a training plan by the agency, mentor and intern, internships at The Inn are tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual and include challenging projects and tasks that are both meaningful and stimulating. Additionally, our experienced mentors and managers work side by side with interns offering invaluable insight to maximize the experience.