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HS-SIP 2021 internship program and Schedule

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.

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Important note: All times are EDT.


Activity Date
HS-SIP Required Orientation (attend one) June 21 or June 28; 10:30 am-2:30 pm
HS-SIP Debrief/Q&A June 28; 3:00-4:00 pm
High School Career Development Series: 1. Applying to College June 30; 2:00-3:30 pm
HS-SIP Bootcamp: Scientific Method July 2; 9:30-11:30 am
HS-SIP Resilience I July 6; 2:00-3:30 pm
High School Career Development Series: 2. Leadership: Self-awareness and Relationships with Others
July 7; 2:00-3:30 pm
HS-SIP Resilience Discussion Group  July 8
HS-SIP Bootcamp: Scientific Method July 9; 9:30-11:30 am
HS-SIP Debrief/Q&A July 12; 2:00-3:00 pm
HS-SIP Resilience II July 13; 2:00-3:30 pm
High School Career Development Series: 3. Effective Communication in Research Environments
July 14; 2:00-3:30 pm
HS-SIP Resilience Discussion Group July 15
HS-SIP Bootcamp: Scientific Method July 16; 9:30-11:30 am
HS-SIP Resilience III July 20; 2:00-3:30 pm
High School Career Development Series: 4. Career Exploration July 21; 2:00-3:30 ppm
HS-SIP Resilience Discussion Group July 22
HS-SIP Debrief/Q&A July 26; 2:00-3:00 pm
HS-SIP Resilience IV July 27; 2:00-3:30 pm
High School Career Development Series: 5. Success in College July 28; 2:00-3:30 pm
HS-SIP Resilience Discussion Group July 29


High School Summer Intern Orientation (Mandatory)

June 21st: 10:30am-2:30pm or June 28th: 10:30am-2:30pm

High school summer interns at the NIH must attend a required orientation before reporting to their research groups. This full-day orientation will familiarize summer interns with the NIH and its research culture, introduce resources, and provide tips on how to be successful. It will also include practical advice on keeping a lab notebook, reading scientific papers, and dealing with lab math.

Part 1: Being a Scientist at NIH

  • NIH Structure and Organization
  • Summer Internship Structure, Safety, and Resources
  • Expectations in a Lab/Research Group
  • Goal Setting

Networking Lunch

Part 2: Science Skills

  • Communication in Research Environments
  • Keeping a lab notebook
  • Reading a scientific paper
  • Lab math

Goal Setting Discussion

Debriefing: HS-SIP Check-ins (Highly Recommended)

3-4pm June 28th (only for those who went to orientation June 21st)
2-3pm (July 12th, July 26th)

Learning to reflect on your experiences is critical to success. Self-reflection will help you become more self-directed and make better use of opportunities. During this interactive session, we will discuss the following topics (among others):

  • How things are going?
  • Are you progressing towards your goals?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • What has been challenging?
  • What could you have done differently in a given situation?

Each internship experience will be different. Your first few days might have seemed slow, or perhaps you are being swamped by fast-paced training. Supervisors also handle their responsibilities differently: some prefer to assign new responsibilities gradually, while others expect their interns to be independent from day 1. Think about how you learn and function best. Remain patient and focused, but don’t hesitate to speak up if you have questions or concerns.


Resilience for High School Students (July 6-July 27 2-3:30pm)

A series of workshops and group discussions on Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series (4 weeks), which will cover wellness, imposter fears, assertiveness, and feedback.

  1. Introduction to Wellness and Resilience
  2. Exploring Our Self-Talk: Cognitive Distortions and Imposter Fears
  3. Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness
  4. Feedback Resilience


Career Development Series for High School Students and Recent High School Graduates (June 30-July 28 2-3:30pm)

This series of workshops addresses topics of particular relevance to high school students and recent high school graduates. The goal is to help you develop skills that will serve you well regardless of what career you ultimately decide to pursue. Students who attend at least four 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.

  1. Applying to College
  2. Leadership/Self-Awareness
  3. Career Exploration
  4. Professional Communication in Research Environments
  5. Success in College


Small Group Resilience Discussion Groups (July 8- July 29 3:00-4:00 pm)

These groups are a follow-up discussion to further explore the material presented on Tuesdays.  This is a time to connect with and learn from other HS-SIP interns.


Scientific Method Bootcamp (July 2-16 9:30-11:30am)

  1. Overview of Scientific Method
  2. Experimental Design
  3. Real-World Applications

Science at Home Series (1-2 and 2-4)

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


Summer Lecture Series:

Lecture 1:

Anna María Nápoles, PhD, MPH
Scientific Director
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Date: June 15, 2021
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Title: The Transcreation Framework: Translating Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities

Dr. Anna Maria Napoles will describe her career path to becoming Scientific Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She will discuss an innovative implementation framework that she developed with colleague, Dr. Anita Stewart, to create a step-by-step process for planning, delivering, and evaluating behavioral interventions so that they resonate with and engage the communities experiencing the disparities, while achieving the intended health outcomes.

Lecture 2:

Francis Collins, MD/PhD
National Institutes of Health

Date: June 29, 2021
Time: 1:00–2:00 pm
Title: TBD

Summer Research Presentation Week (August 3-5)  Details coming soon.