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Welcome to the 2020 NIH Virtual Summer Enrichment Program

We would like to invite you to join us online this summer, beginning the week of June 8th.

Earlier this year, we made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 NIH Intramural Summer Internship Program (SIP) due to the coronavirus pandemic. To help you sharpen your science skills and develop both professionally and personally, we have worked with Institutes and Centers (ICs) and Training Offices across the NIH to develop a summer-long series of activities. These online offering will focus on the exciting science we do at the NIH and on important career and professional development topics for students at all educational levels. You can choose to participate in career development series for high school or college students, series on preparation for graduate or professional school, wellness activities, and a scientific skills series. We encourage you to look at all the program offerings and identify events that will help you achieve your scientific and career goals.

NOTE: You can find a listing of activities that may be of particular interest to high school students and recent high school graduates here.


2020 Summer Curriculum


NIH Career Development Series for High School Students and Recent Graduates (6 weeks), topics include Applying to College, Career Exploration, and Success in College. Students who attend at least five workshops (or watch the recordings BY AUGUST 14th) will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.  To watch the recordings you will need to register using the original link.  If you missed a session and you click on the link from your email, you will get a message that the webinar has ended; please re-register using the same name and email address.


Graduate & Professional School Preparation: Much of what you need to know to get into graduate school or professional (e.g., medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy) school (and do well)


Becoming a Resilient Scientist: A series of workshops and group discussions on Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series (9 weeks), which will cover wellness, imposter fears, assertiveness, feedback, and mentoring. Students who attend all five workshops (6/9, 6/24, 7/8, 7/22, and 8/12) will be eligible for a certificate of completion.

Attendance at the preceding Resilient Scientist Seminar is a prerequisite for the Resilience Group Discussions. Only participants in the seminar will receive the registration link and be able to sign up for the discussion group. The registration deadline for the discussion groups is Monday of the week in which the discussion group occurs.


Career Development and Science Skills: sessions will cover topics such as creating CVs and resumes, leadership skills for scientists, the responsible conduct of research, and creating and presenting virtual posters.


Science at Home: Institutes and Centers of the NIH will present speakers and panels to introduce their science and the resulting career opportunities.

Check out a more detailed version of the 2020 virtual summer curriculum and register for events.  The page will be updated as information becomes available.

If you miss a workshop, you can watch the recording later using the original registration/viewing link. All workshops will be available as recordings on the OITE YouTube Channel after they have been captioned.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: The NIH Experiences and Career Paths of Prior Trainees


In this series, past and current NIH summer interns and postbacs from disadvantaged backgrounds and groups underrepresented in the sciences will talk about their research and share insights into what it's like to work at the NIH. They will also discuss their educational and career journeys, including their paths to the NIH and the challenges they faced along the way. (Recommended for high school students, community college students, and current undergraduates, especially those interested in future NIH internship opportunities.)

All sessions will run from 1:00 – 2:00 pm (EDT) on Mondays (from June 15 to August 3, except July 20). Read more and register.

2020 Summer Lecture Series:

The Connective Tissue Connection

Helene Langevin, MD
Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
June 23, 2020
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The HPV Vaccine Story: Conception to Impact

John Schiller, PhD
Distinguished Investigator, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute
July 29, 2020
2:30 – 3:30 pm
NOTE: Dr. Schiller was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in April 2020.

2020 Virtual Graduate & Professional School Fair (August 4th – August 7th, 2020)

This year the fair will welcome all interested college students, postbacs, and other interested young scientists. The Fair will consist of (1) live workshops on getting to graduate and/or professional school (August 4th, 2020); (2) prerecorded workshops, panels, and interviews covering career paths in disciplines including public health, clinical psychology, and data science and discussing strategies for successful test-taking, stress management during application season, and improving your credentials; and (3) online exhibitor sessions - the opportunity for you to learn more about the participating institutions and programs (August 5th through 7th, 2020).  Student registration for the fair is now open.

While there is no fee to participate in any OITE events, advanced registration is required.  To register for events, please go to the Summer Curriculum page and click on the WebEx link for the activity in the event table.