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For Summer Mentors/Preceptors and All NIH Staff

To All NIH Investigators and Staff

NIH Summer Research Program Poster Day 2019 is scheduled for Thursday, August 8th in the Natcher Conference Center.  Whether you are hosting a summer intern this year or not, we hope you will mark your calendar, plan to attend, and encourage members of your research group to turn out.  Poster Day provides the interns with an opportunity to share their science with the NIH community, but it only works if the NIH community shows up.

To summer mentors/preceptors

If you or one of your trainees is mentoring a summer intern, thank you!  We know that this represents a significant investment of time and energy.

Should you have questions or want some advice, please feel free to contact your IC Training Director, the staff in the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE), or the OITE Career Services Center.

For information on how the Summer Internship Program (SIP) works, check out the 2019 Summer Handbook.


The following books and brochures are available in the OITE Career Services Library on the second floor of Building 2:


  • Tips for Mentoring a Summer Intern and Leading a Summer Journal Club
    Description: Soon the summer interns will join the NIH!

    This provides you two opportunities; to lead a summer journal club around your favorite biomedical topic, and to mentor young scientists in your research groups. This workshop offers tips on managing a summer journal club, from selecting the right articles, guiding a discussion, and navigating the logistics. We will also give top tips on mentoring and supervising these interns in your research groups.

    Note: This is a mandatory event for those wishing to lead a Summer Intern Journal Club.

    For participants who are off campus, this event will be available as a webinar. Please register for online access here:

    View an earlier videocast [RAM, Total Running Time: 55:54]

  • Summer Research Mentor Training

    The summer is almost here and with it an influx of summer students and the responsibility to mentor these enthusiastic young scientists effectively. Though mentoring can be a very rewarding experience, it also has its challenges.  Are you wondering: How to handle your expectations? How to design a manageable summer project for a novice? How to work with a student while moving you’re your own project forward? How to mentor and engage a student with little or no research experience?  If so, please join Dr. Sharon Milgram, for 2019 Summer Research Mentor Training. Dr. Milgram will provide you with tools to help you set your student up for success. She will discuss how to set expectations, provide feedback, set boundaries and assess student learning.

    Register early for Summer Research Mentor Taining! The first 50 individuals to register will be included in the April 5th session. Additional registrants will be placed on a wait-list, and an additional session may be scheduled,

Writing Letters of Recommendation

Writing a Letter of Recommendation - Tips for Mentors from the OITE Careers Blog; see also Gender and Letters of Recommendation for Academia: Agentic and Communal Differences (2009) Madera, JM et al., Journal of Applied Psychology 94: 1591-1599.