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NIH Career Symposium

A virtual multi-day event highlighting career paths available to biomedical researchers

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 hear from professionals and peers and learn strategies for navigating the job search process.

Event highlights

During this multi-day event we’ll host speakers from across the biomedical workforce. The agenda includes:

  • Nine panels than span a broad range of careers
  • Talks exploring what the data tell us about:
    • Where biomedical researchers work
    • Current hiring trends in various sectors, and
    • The job search for international scientists.

OITE staff will present strategies for navigating the job search and its ups and downs.

On Friday, May 17 there will be an opportunity for trainees not at the NIH to explore training opportunities within the Intramural Research Program.

Register in Whova to see the full agenda and learn more!

Symposium dates and schedule

The 2024 NIH Career Symposium will take place May 14-17, 2024. The event is virtual and held online via the Whova event platform.

2024 Career Symposium agenda

Click here to view the agenda

How to attend

Watch attendee orientation

Watch the recording of the 2024 NIH Career Symposium attendee orientation to find out more about registering for a ticket and Whova account, navigating Whova, and using features to network with attendees and speakers. You can also hear answers to attendees questions after the formal presentation.

Register to attend

Registration for the 2024 NIH Career Symposium is now open! Please note that, in addition to registering for a ticket, you must also create a Whova account in order to log in to the event.

NIH Intramural trainees should use the link sent to them in the email from OITE and register using their NIH email address.

Graduate students and postdocs from outside the NIH can register using the link below.

Outside the NIH? Register here


CART services will be provided for all talks and panels. American Sign Language interpreting services, CART services for sessions with breakout rooms, 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 the organizers at or the NIH Interpreting Office directly at Requests should be made at least five business days in advance in order to ensure interpreter availability.

Organizing committee

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

  • Natalie Atyeo, Research Fellow, NIDCR
  • Harrison Daly, Postdoc Fellow, NCATS
  • Marlena Fisher, Postdoc Fellow, NHGRI
  • Avery Funkhouser, Medical Research Scholars Program Fellow, NCI
  • David Haggerty, Postdoc Fellow, NIAAA
  • Vani Pande, Postdoc Fellow, NCI
  • Helen Parker, Postdoc Fellow, NICHD
  • Dominik Reichert, Graduate Student, NEI
  • Jennifer Strong, Medical Research Scholars Program Fellow, NIAMS
  • Anushka Wickramaratne, Postdoc Fellow, NCI
  • Bengi Yavuz, Postdoc Fellow, NCI
  • Caleb Ng, OD

OITE staff members:

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

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