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14th Annual NIH Career Symposium- An ONLINE event

Major Event: Career Exploration; Academic Careers; Industry Careers; Job Search Skills

May 07, 2021 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This event is recommended for: Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician.

In 2021- the Career Symposium will be virtual. It will run from May 3 to May 7. The NIH Career Symposium highlights the diversity of career choices available to your generation of biomedical researchers.  Whether you are a new graduate student, postdoc, or clinical fellow just beginning to consider career options or a senior student/fellow ready to look for a job, the NIH Career Symposium is for you. Wondering what the Career Symposium is all about?  View the 2020 Virtual Career Symposium YouTube playlist.


Program: schedule and speakers

In 2021 the focus is on networking opportunities. We will host a series of “rooms” for career conversations slots with one or two speakers in a 45-minute time slot. Multiple rooms with speakers in similar career paths will run concurrently. For example, research positions in industry would have multiple rooms going at once. Our goal is that each room will have no more than 15 participants, giving every attendee ample time to connect with a professional. Participants will have the ability to move through the “rooms” as they like, meeting a speaker, asking questions, or even just listening in to see if a particular career path looks enticing. NOTE: What is said in these rooms will NOT be recorded.

If you would like to explore these career options on your own schedule, we have a plethora of panels, interviews and written synopses of previous events. Check out past events here.

We invite any postdoc, clinical fellow, or PhD-level graduate student to join us. You need not be at the NIH to participate. This event is free to attend. 

Trainees in the NIH Intramural Research Program will be able to register for the conversations of their choice starting April 1. Any other trainee interested in attending will be able to register starting April 15. (updated 4/13/2021)


To request sign language interpreters or CART Services, you can contact NIH Interpreting Services by phone at 301-402-8180 or by using the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, or by submitting a request online. If you have other, disability-related accommodation requests for this event, please contact Dr. Laura Marler at Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the Event.