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Webinar and Q&A: Applying to NIH HiSTEP and HiSTEP 2.0

Speaker: Laura Marler & Britney Hardy, OITE

About this event

We invite 11th and 12th graders interested in exploring careers in research and healthcare and who attend financially disadvantaged high schools in the Washington D.C. Metro area to learn about high-school summer internship programs on NIH campuses. This session will highlight the High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Programs (HiSTEP) for current juniors (HiSTEP, curriculum based) and current seniors (HiSTEP 2.0, full-time research based). Find out more about HiSTEP and HiSTEP 2.0. This event will run in Eastern Time (ET).

Please note the specific eligibility requirements for these programs, included below. If you are not eligible for HiSTEP or HiSTEP 2.0, we invite you to learn about our High School Summer Internship Program (HS-SIP). An info session for HS-SIP will be held on January 4th.

Eligibility criteria:

  • HiSTEP and HiSTEP 2.0 welcome applications from current high school juniors and seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. In addition, you must:
  • Attend a school where 30% or more of the student body participates in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. 
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students with a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 should apply if their grades have shown steady improvement.
  • Live in Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia within 40 miles of the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Only students living with their parents or legal guardians with primary residence in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area are eligible to apply.

Attend this event


Dec 12, 2023


4pm - 5pm

Intended Audience

Open to All

How to attend

This session will be held via Zoom. Please register below and we will send you the slides and the recording after the event.

Accommodations and additional information

American Sign Language interpreting services, CART services, and other reasonable accommodations are available upon request. Individuals who need interpreting services and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact OITE at or the NIH Interpreting Office directly at Requests should be made at least five business days in advance, when possible, in order to ensure interpreter availability.