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2019 NIH Summer Intern NEWS!

Welcome to summer at the NIH!  The following publications, workshops, and activities were designed with you in mind.  The staff of the Office of Intramural Training & Education are here to help you have the best and most productive experience possible.  We look forward to meeting each of you.

If you are in high school, please check out our career development activities/resources for high school students.

Your First Day at the NIH

Are you a summer intern on the Bethesda campus? If you haven't visited the main NIH campus before, take a look at our YouTube videos.

Planning a Successful NIH Summer Internship

Your research project should be your number one priority this summer, but there is much more to discover at the NIH! 

If you are participating in SIP, join the staff of the OITE for "Planning a Successful NIH Summer Internship".  We will share advice and tips on making the most of your time at the NIH.  Sessions are scheduled for 8:30 to 10:00 am, the first, second, and thirdFridays in June. Check Upcoming Events for the location and be certain to register in advance. If you are unable to attend a session, please check out the virtual Summer Orientation Webinar

If you are participating in HS-SIP, register for and attend one of the required summer orientations for high school students offered by the OITE (June 13th or 24th) OR the required orientation in your IC before you join your research group

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your Institute or Center offers a Summer Orientation, be certain to attend! They will cover important issues like getting paid and Institute/Center activities and rules.

Summer Handbook

The 2019 Summer Handbook is now available online.   You can use it to find descriptions of career and professional development programs, information on safety training at the NIH, commuting options, and suggestions for museums to visit in your spare time.

Summer events/workshops

Summer events are described in the Summer Handbook; dates and locations (and registration links) are listed under Upcoming Events. You can also use the SIP and HS-SIP activities schedules to help you decide in advance what events to attend.  Some highlights to consider when you develop your summer plan include:

 Scientific Resources

Career/Professional Development Workshops

  • Graduate School Overview and Medical/Dental School Overview (workshops)
  • Planning for Career Satisfaction and Success
  • Essential Leadership Skills for Future Scientists and Health Care Professionals
  • Building Resilience: A Key to Success in Research and Educational Environments
  • What Can You Do in College to Enhance Your Chances of Getting into Medical or Graduate School
  • Job Search Strategies
  • High School Student Career Development Series
    • Applying to College (for rising seniors)
    • Effective Communication in Research Environments
    • Leadership: Self-awareness and Relationships with Others
    • Career Exploration
    • Success in College (for rising college freshmen)

Major Events

You may also find the Summer Intern App created by NCI-Frederick a useful tool in planning your summer.

Creating an Account on the OITE Web site

You will want to create an account on the OITE website so that you can (1) register for Career Services appointments, (2) register for OITE programs, including Summer Poster Day,  (3) create a My OITE page that will help you keep track of your appointments and registrations, and (4) use the Alumni Database.  View directions for creating an account.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have been a summer intern at the NIH before, contact us to have your account on the OITE website re-activated.

NIH Listservs

Make certain that you are included on one of the official Summer Intern listservs OITE-HS-SIP if you are in high school or OITE-SIP, so that you hear about summer opportunities sponsored by the OITE.  Check out all the listservs available to you this summer.

Important note: should you decide to use social media during the summer, remember that including the NIH name, logo, or images is not allowed.  Only personal email accounts and wording that avoids associating your materials with the NIH are permitted.

Summer Poster Day

Summer Poster Day 2019 is scheduled for Thursday, August 8th. Registration will open June 11th!  View the COMPLETE 2018 Summer Poster Day Program.

Summer Intern Journal Clubs

Sharpen your critical reading skills! Explore new areas of research! Meet other summer students!  Read more about the journal clubs and register to participate.

Electronic Resources

Be sure to check the OITE website for online resources such as guides to writing cover letters and creating CVs and resumes. Many of our workshops are also available as videocasts, should you not be able to attend one in person.  Last, but not least, our collection of YouTube videos includes discussions of keeping a lab notebook, attending your first scientific meeting, reading a scientific paper, and mastering lab math.