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Summer Poster Days

An event focused on the research experiences of NIH summer interns


About the event

If you are a summer intern at NIH, Summer Poster Day is your chance to share your research and scientific ideas with a broad audience, while developing your networking and communication skills. We hope you have a meaningful experience sharing your research with the NIH community, colleagues, friends, and family members. 

Dates and schedule

The 2024 Summer Poster Days will take place on August 1 and 2, 2024.

The event schedule will be posted in July 2024.

How to attend

Who can attend

All NIH summer interns are encouraged to present and attend this event.

This event is open to the NIH Intramural community and to the general public.

Getting to the NIH Campus

The Natcher Conference Center is Building 45 on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda Campus, about five miles from Washington, DC. Check out NIH Visitor Information for instructions on how to navigate to campus and go through security.

Food during the event

The cafeteria in the Natcher Conference Center will be open for lunch from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. You are also welcome to bring your own food and drink.

Information for poster presenters

Who should present a poster

All summer interns are welcome to present.

You can share background information on your project, present data you may have collected, discuss any technical problems you might have encountered, and show results. You, like many of your summer intern peers, may have just started and unable to share a full story. We still encourage you to present - posters of all lengths of a story, or something else are welcome. Feel free to present a literature review or a completely new proposal.

Whatever your plan, be sure to discuss your idea with your supervisor or PI before registering.

Register to present a poster

Registration is open!

Register to present a poster at the 2024 Summer Poster Days.

You must use the password you received from the OITE-SIP team to register.

Registration will close on at 5pm on Monday, July 8, 2024.

Registered summer intern poster presenters will receive email containing their poster session assignment and other details by 5pm on Friday, July 19, 2024.

Register (the password is in the announcement email from OITE-SIP)

Attend an informational session

Prepare and print your poster

Your poster should meet the guidelines outlined in our recommendations for creating a poster.

Attend a poster practice session

Rehearsing your poster presentation before the event can help you have a good experience when you present on Poster Day. You will receive feedback on your poster if you bring one to a poster practice session. You will also be able to preview others’ posters and get some tips to improve your poster and presentation.

Poster practice session schedule:

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2 - 4pm ET
  • Thursday, July 25, 2 - 4pm ET
  • Monday, July 29, 2 - 4pm ET
  • Tuesday, July 30, 2 - 4pm ET

Location details will be shared in an email from OITE to summer interns.