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ORMH Closes Out Season's Intern Program

On Monday, July 26 a closing program was held for 31 interns who matriculated at NIH in various intramural and extramural assignments. Each intern was awarded a certificate of appreciation by Dr. John Ruffin, NIH associate director for research on minority health, whose office coordinated the internships.

The interns were recruited by three community-based organizations — the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU); the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), an organization comprised of Historically Black Colleges and Universities; and Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS), an American University organization that recruits Native American students from tribal colleges and other universities.

Melissa Ann Henry (c), a WINS student, is congratulated by her supervisor for the summer, Christina Bruce of NCI and Dr. John Ruffin, NIH associate director for research on minority health.

NIH supervisors with job vacancies reviewed intern applications matching the job requirements and made selections based upon an essay, reference letters, transcript and telephone interview. Internships spanned 8 to 10 weeks, and interns hailed from around the country.

During the closing program, interns expressed their appreciation for the opportunities afforded them through this program. Many were offered positions for next summer or permanent positions in the future. One student, Wendell Futrell from Winston-Salem State University, received a cash award for his exceptional contribution to the Center for Scientific Review, under the supervision of David Carter and Kathy Cooper.

Antwan Porter (l) of NAFEO, Rosa Cazares of HACU and Gyasi Ross of WINS gather at a final meeting of NIH summer interns in programs coordinated by ORMH.

HACU places a limited number of interns in positions in the fall and spring semesters, and NIH participates in this program as well. Eight interns have assignments here for the fall. Next summer, the Office of Research on Minority Health would like to double the number of interns hired at NIH. The cost to the IC ranges generally from $7,500 to $8,500, and in some cases scholarships may be provided. For more information, contact Dr. Lorrita Watson, 594-7784.

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