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NIH Career Development Activities/Resources for High School Students

Playlist 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. A workshop on applying to college is new this year. The five workshops in the series are:

  • Applying to College (I)
  • Leadership: Self-awareness and Relationships with Others (II)
  • Effective Communication in Research Environments (III)
  • Career Exploration (IV)
  • Success in College (V)

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 at least 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, but workshop IV of this series covers similar material.

Workshop Descriptions:


I. Applying to College (Monday, June 29, 2020; 3:00 -5:00 pm)

As you start thinking about applying to college, there are clear ways to make your applications—and yourself—stand out. Learn about how to plan for and succeed in the application process. We will discuss how to choose and apply to college, find scholarships, write personal statements, and prepare a college interview.

II. Leadership: Self-Awareness and Relationship with Others (Monday, July 6, 2020, 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.

III. Effective Communication in Research Environments (Monday, July 13, 2020; 3:00 -5:00 pm)
Good communication is a key success factor in science and all careers. The first part of the workshop will cover both written (such as effective email) 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 both valuable skills to enhance your professional image and strategies for meeting NIH expectations for professional behavior.

The second part of the workshop will focus on creating and presenting a scientific poster. We will discuss selecting and organizing your data, what to include and what not to include, the key components of a successful poster, layout and font selection, and poster presentation techniques. 

IV. Career Exploration (Monday, July 27, 2020; 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, interests, and values is an important part of long-term job satisfaction. We will discuss career options in the sciences and how to choose a career that suits you.

V. Success in College (Monday, August 3, 2020; 3:00 - 5:00 pm)

The transition 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 skills for networking, choosing experiences, finding mentors, and using resources.

Watch webinars of the 2017 workshops

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)