General Questions

Q: Who are eligible applicants for BCTIP?

A: All first-year master’s students in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics are welcome to apply for the program.


Q: When and how can I apply for BCTIP?

A: A call for intern applications will be circulated to the current first-year students in the fall for start the following January, and in the spring for start the following May or June. Application instructions will be provided at that time.


Q: I want to apply for the program but what if I do not have any specific field of interest?

A: BCTIP intern projects span many fields and vary from year to year. Well-qualified students will be identified during the interview period based on statistical knowledge and collaborative experience. It is not necessary to have a specific field of interest, but if hired, BCTIP will attempt to assign projects that align with a student’s interests.


Q: What is the difference between BCTIP, the HDS Internship Program, and +DS?

A: Many opportunities exist within Duke for students in quantitative fields. Briefly, +DS is an unpaid research opportunity mainly geared towards undergraduate students, but open to all students, with the goal of training students in utilization of machine learning techniques in preparation for an internship or graduate program. The Health Data Science internship program (HDS) is a paid internship open to all master’s students, with a focus in data science application to clinically-relevant research questions. BCTIP is open to master’s students in B&B only and allows interns to participate in all aspects of collaborative clinical research, with a focus on development and advancement of applied and methodological biostatistical skills. HDS and BCTIP act collaboratively — B&B master’s students may apply to either or both internship programs. Those who apply to both are interviewed jointly by HDS and BCTIP representatives, and all BCTIP and HDS interns hired into the January cohort are required to participate in both BCTIP and HDS training.


Q: Does BCTIP give interns return offers?

A: One goal of BCTIP is to prepare each intern to immediately move into a staff (bio)statistician position or enroll in a PhD program after graduation. BCTIP has a 100% intern placement after graduation, and some interns have been offered permanent staff roles with the Duke BERD Core, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke Cancer Institute, Duke Human Vaccine Institute, etc. Interns who are interested in applying for staff positions within Duke should discuss the options with the internship coordinators.