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Career Services Center: About Us


How can OITE assist you in your career development?

 


 

Mission

The OITE Career Services was created to meet the career development needs of all trainees across all Institutes and Centers of the NIH.

Services


NIH Trainees have access to individual appointments to discuss a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to:

Getting to the next stage in your career:

  • Assistance in investigating career options
  • Resources for identifying possible employers
  • Assistance with the process of applying to graduate or professional (medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, nursing, etc.) school
  • CV and resume review
  • Personal statement and cover letter review
  • Mock interviews, including group mock interviews

Skill development:

  • Preparation for informational interviewing
  • Networking skill refinement
  • Interpersonal skills development, e.g., assertiveness
  • Having difficult discussions

Knowing yourself:

  • Wellness issues such as resilience and self-confidence
  • Administration and interpretation of formal assessments
    • The Strong Interest Inventory, which identifies career interests
    • The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a tool for analyzing personality type

Tools:

Overview: What to Expect When You See a Career Counselor

Please visit our program-specific pages for additional information on services for

Career Services Libraries

Career Services Libraries are maintained in the following locations:

  • Bethesda Campus - Main circulating library on the 2nd Floor of Building 2
  • Baltimore in the Biomedical Research Center - NIA, Room 04B409B; NIDA, Room 2A641
  • Frederick in the Science Library in Building 549
  • Rocky Mountain Laborataories, MT, in Building A, 3rd Floor, Room 313A
  • Research Triangle Park, NC, in the Basement of Module A in Building 101

The OITE Career Library is a "branch" of the NIH Library

To search the OITE Career Library collection online, go to the NIH Library site. Then, from the "Research Tools" menu, chose "Online Catalog". Finally, scan the choices under "Search all libraries" and select the "OITE Career Library".


Career Services Staff and other OITE staff who can advise on career issues

NameTitleExpertise To Make an Appointment
Lori Conlan, PhD Director, Career Services Center Dr. Conlan is also Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Services, so her particular focus is the career development needs of postdocs. email directly
Amanda Dumsch, MA
Career Counselor Experienced in all aspects of career services request appointment online
Anne Kirchgessner, MSEd, LCPC Career Counselor Experienced in all aspects of career services; meets trainees in Bethesda request appointment online
John Taborn, PhD Career Counselor Experienced in all aspects of career services; meets trainees in Bethesda, Baltimore, and Frederick 
request appointment on line
Denise Saunders, PhD Career Counselor Experienced in all aspects of career services; located in Research Triangle Park, NC 
request appointment online
Elena Hernandez- Ramon, MD, PhD Director, Pre-medical Program 
Advisor on the medical school application and admissions process and medical careers.   request appointment online
William Higgins, PhD Pre-professional Advisor   Getting to professional (medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, nursing, etc.) school and succeeding there  request appointment online
Yewon Cheon, PhD Director, Postbac and Summer Research Programs  Advising for trainees in SIP and the Postbac Program; career advice, including careers in public health, clinical psychology, and genetic counseling; NSF and NIH grants in support of graduate education; getting into graduate school email directly
Natasha Lugo-Escobar, PhD; Sharolyn Kawakami-Schulz, PhD; Kristen Zukosky, PhD Programming for high school students Career development and career exploration advice for high school students; help with the college admissions process email directly
Pat Sokolove, PhD Deputy Director, OITE Help with serious problems, in the research group or elsewhere; happy to discuss getting into graduate or professional school, academic careers, academic administration, and AAAS Science Policy Fellowships; particularly interested in writing and personal statements
email directly
Sharon Milgram, PhD Director, OITE Help with any serious problem; advice on the academic job search and related job packet materials email Barbara Ward
Julia Jarvis, MDiv Wellness Counselor
Helping trainees through transitions and the stresses of life   email directly
Michael Sheridan, PhD Special Advisor for Diversity and Wellness Programs Helping trainees through transition and the stresses of life email directly

Office Hours and Locations

OITE Career Services is housed on the second floor of Building 2 on the Bethesda campus. Most career counselors and advisors are available between the core hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. However, some may begin work earlier or remain at work later, so appointments may be available outside these times.

Career Services staff members visit Baltimore and Frederick on a regular basis. Denise Saunders provides career assistance to trainees at NIEHS. If you are at another location, counselors/advisors will come to you or, we will arrange phone or Skype appointments.

Make an Appointment