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NIH Career Development Activities/Resources for High School Students

Playlist Created Especially for Young Scientists

This resource includes videos on

  • reading a scientific paper,
  • keeping a lab notebook,
  • atending your first scientific meeting, and
  • getting comfortable with lab math

NIH Career Development Series for High School Students

In 2016 we initiated a new series of workshops for NIH summer interns who are in high school. (the workshops are also open to area high school students.) The goal is to help you develop skills that will serve you well regardless of what career you ultimately decide to pursue. The four workshops in the series are:

  • Self-awareness and Relationships with Others
  • Career Exploration
  • Success in College
  • Professional Communication

To register for these workshops, please go to Upcoming Events page and create an account as an "NIH Trainee/Fellow". If you are not an NIH summer intern but are in the area or if you are an NIH summer intern but do not yet have an NIH e-mail address, you can register as a "Guest".

NOTES: (1) Students who attend all four workshops will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion. (2) You are welcome to attend the "Planning for Career Satisfaction and Success" workshop on June 29, but workshop III of this series, created especially for you, covers similar material.

Watch webinars of the workshops (read more about them below): Icon NEW

I. Self-awareness and Relationships with Others (7/10/17)

II. Career Exploration (7/17/17)

III. Success in College (7/24/17)

IV. Professional Communication (7/31/17)

I. Self-Awareness and Relationship with Others (Monday, July 9, 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 pm)
We each bring our unique personalities and work styles to the classroom, lab, workplace, and home. Understanding your style and appreciating that others have different styles can enhance your interactions and help you succeed. This workshop will explore differences in personalities and work styles that impact the way we communicate, take in information, make decisions, engage in conflict, learn, and plan our day. The workshop will include group activities and hands-on experiences related to working successfully in educational and research team environments.

II. Career Exploration (Monday, July 16, 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 pm)
As you move on from high school to college you will face many choices, including what career path to take. Picking a career that fits your skills and interests is an important part of long-term job satisfaction. We will discuss career options in the sciences and how to choose a career that fits you.

III. Success in College (Monday, July 23, 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 pm)
The jump to college can be stressful. You are leaving behind your school, friends, family, and home, and going off to explore a new place, make new friends, learn new things, and set your own priorities. This workshop will provide you with a few common-sense strategies to help you handle the transition.

IV. Professional Communication (Monday, July 30, 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 pm)
Good communication is a key success factor in science and all careers. This session will cover both written (such as effective e-mail) and verbal (networking and elevator talks) forms of communication. Communication also includes listening skills, such as receiving feedback without feeling criticized. Join us to learn valuable skills to enhance your professional image.