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NIH Career Symposium

May 14-17, 2024

About the symposium

The NIH Career Symposium is a virtual event highlighting the diversity of career choices available to biomedical researchers. This event provides career exploration and networking opportunities for graduate students, postdocs, and fellows in the NIH Intramural Research Program. Graduate students and postdocs from outside the NIH are also welcome to attend.

Whether you’re a graduate student, a postdoc, clinical fellow, or a senior student looking for a job, this event will help you explore your career options. Come to network with professionals and peers and learn strategies for navigating the job search process.

Symposium features

During this multi-day event we’ll host a range of panels, interviews and discussions with speakers from across the biomedical workforce. You’ll have the opportunity to network with your peers and professionals in different career paths. OITE staff will present strategies for navigating the job search and its ups and downs. Each day will focus on a different theme and you’re welcome to attend everything, or just watch the sessions that appeal to you.

Organizing committee

Each year graduate students, postdocs, and fellows, in conjunction with OITE staff, organize the symposium. Members of the symposium committee include:

OITE staff members:

  • Emily Summerbell, Program Manager, Office of Postdoctoral Services
  • Laura Marler, Director of Student Services, Graduate Partnerships Program
  • Sharolyn Kawakami-Schulz, Resource Manager, Special Projects Lead

Trainee committee members:

  • 2024 trainee committee members will be announced in January 2024.


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Past events

Couldn’t make it to the live event? You can access an archive of Career Symposia information online. Note that some events, including career-path specific break out rooms, were not recorded.

Selected recordings from 2023