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Online OITE Activities/Resources for Trainees

IMPORTANT NOTE: Information on OITE events is sent to trainees AT the NIH via the official OITE listservs: OITE-POSTBACS, OITE-GRADS, OITE-POSTDOCS, and OITE-TEMP-PERSONAL. If you are a trainee OUTSIDE the NIH, you will find events that are open to all listed below.

You can also sign up to receive weekly email notifications of upcoming virtual OITE events. Sign Up for OITE-INFO.

Another way to keep track of upcoming events offered by the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) is to check the Upcoming Events page on our office webpage regularly.

Finally, you can visit the OITE YouTube channel to view recordings of prior workshops.

Events for Trainees AT the NIH

In addition to the workshops on wellness and career/professional development the OITE organizes for trainees at educational levels from high school through postdoctoral fellowships both at the NIH and in the extramural community, we organize small group wellness sessions with participation limited to NIH trainees, including

  • Discussions for Building Resilience, which focus on specific topics such as Trainees of Color or Managing Addictive Habits,
  • Wellness Skill-building Groups,
  • Mindfulness Meditation Sessions, and
  • Wellness Wednesday virtual lunch-time chats.

Read more about OITE wellness resources and activities.

You can also learn about affinity group meetings including virtual NIH lunches of LGBT-Fellows and Friends, the NIH Chapter of SACNAS (the Society of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science), Fellows of All Abilities (FAAb), the Network of African-American Fellows at the NIH (NAAF) and MOM-DAD-DOCS MDs and PhDs with children.

Watch for Orientation and Q&A Sessions too.

Events for Everyone

Hello from the OITE!

Next week we have two sessions we welcome you to attend. A discussion on careers for scientists in Ireland and how to navigate conflict in research environments. Registration and descriptions are below. Also, there is still room in our Skills Groups around improving your mentoring relationships.

The most recent OITE Careers Blog posts:

Interviewing with Social Anxiety

How to Stand with Black Colleagues as an Informed Ally

Finding Focus in the Fog – Wellness Tips for 2021

A new item on the OITE YouTube page:

Mental Health & Wellness Series Part 5: Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

Also, we still have room in our upcoming Skills Groups!

Develop the skills needed to find mentors and to improve communication and interpersonal interactions. We will practice how to get what you need from these important interactions. To participate, you must have attended the seminar on February 9th or watched the recording –

The discussion Groups will be held on Monday, February 22nd and Tuesday, February 23rd.  Please register for a session using the Sign-Up Genius ( by Thursday, February 18th at 5:00 pm EST. We will send the Zoom link the morning of your sessions. Please note that all times are in EASTERN STANDARD TIME and adjust your calendar accordingly. Discussion groups are open to undergraduate students, postbacs, graduate/professional school students, and postdocs. Please be aware, that when you sign up, trainees who are supported by NIH funding at an institution outside the NIH are NOT considered a NIH Trainee. If you have any questions connect with us at on


VFC Science Voices from Home: Ireland

February 16, 2021, 10:00-11:00 am

Interested in career opportunities abroad? Ever thought about getting a research position in Ireland after your postdoc at the NIH? Ever wondered how to search for a job opportunity in Ireland? Here is a chance to get some answers and advice from NIH Alumnae Dunja Skoko and Orla Casey, Ivan Houlihan, IDA Ireland and Simon Nix from the Embassy of Ireland (Bios here). The NIH Visiting Fellows' Committee and OITE are hosting this Information Session.

To attend via webinar, please register using the following link:

Workplace Dynamics III: Conflict and Feedback

February 19, 2021, 2:00-3:30 pm

Rooted in the Thomas and Kilmann Conflict Grid, this workshop provides an accessible framework for conflict management. Participants learn how to have difficult conversations often associated with conflict within research groups.  Speaker: Lori Conlan, PhD, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Services

This session will be on the gotowebinar platform, please register here:


NIH Academy Enrichment Program Is Open for Applications!

The 2021 NIH Academy Enrichment Program (NAEP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers competitive funding to trainees at the postbaccalaureate level interested in learning about health disparities while performing world-class research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda campus.  The NAEP is designed to encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to perform biomedical research while actively learning how to engage in eliminating health disparities, ultimately promoting a society in which all people live healthy lives. NAEP scholars should be committed to pursuing a career in biomedical science and be planning to attend graduate and/or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy/nursing, etc.) school.

For more information and to apply please visit The 2021 application is now open and closes on February 24, 2021 at 5 PM EST.

See you soon,
The OITE Team


The NIH OITE organizes an annual career symposium. We invite former NIH trainees (primarily postdoctoral fellows) and others who have pursued varied career paths to return to the NIH and share their experiences and advice. Sessions cover careers in academia and industry, both at and away from the bench, but they also explore jobs in areas such as science policy, science outreach, and curriculum development. For 2020, the May 8th event was held online.

The 2020 NIH Virtual Career Symposium is "gone, but not forgotten!" Relive the entire event on the OITE YouTube channel.