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Are you a high school student or recent high school graduate starting your first research experience?
Do you want to learn how researchers think and what tools they use to advance science?
Do you want to learn more about the NIH research environment?
Are you interested in tips for thriving, both scientifically and psychologically, during the summer?
Are you eager to meet other summer students?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, then join us for Boot Camp!

This half-day training program is designed for NIH summer interns with little or no prior research experience. Join us to: Develop the skills you need to be successful in science! Build both your confidence and your ability to get help when you need it! Familiarize yourself with the NIH and its research culture. Get practical advice on keeping a lab notebook, reading scientific papers, and dealing with lab math.

Topics will include:

  • NIH structure and organization
  • SIP structure and resources
  • Goal setting
  • Expectations in a lab/research group environment
  • Communication, especially asking for help
  • The Imposter Phenomenon and resilience
  • Science skills
    • Keeping a lab notebook
    • Reading a scientific paper
    • Lab math

The Science Skills Boot Camp is only open to students already accepted to the General NIH Summer Internship Program. (Individuals who will be participating in the HiSTEP, CCSEP, C-SOAR, AMGEN, or G-SOAR programs will have their own orientation activities.)

To register for Summer Science Boot Camp, you will need a MyOITE account with User Type = "NIH Trainee/Fellow" and Trainee Type = "Summer Intern".  Please follow the directions found here to create your account.

Please register for a single date:

Monday, June 25, 2018, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday, June 29, 2018, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Both Boot Camp sessions will be held on the Bethesda campus of the NIH. Transportation to the June 29th session will be provided for interested summer interns in Frederick and Baltimore.

Additional Information:

We recommend that all Boot Camp students register for "Creating and Presenting a Dynamic Poster" on July 6, 2018. Participants are also encouraged to join a Summer Intern Journal Club (registration will open May 1st, 2018).


  • If you already have research experience, please attend a session of "Planning a Successful NIH Summer Internship" instead of Boot Camp.
  • If you have little or no research experience, please attend the Science Skills Boot Camp instead of "Planning a Succesful NIH Summer Internship". Do NOT attend both.
  • If you have no research experience but are already in college, please contact Dr. Cheon for advice.
  • Your Institute/Center may also offer an orientation. Contact your Summer Coordinator for information and be certain to attend!

For more information, please contact Dr. Yewon Cheon.