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Internships Conclude for Season

Forty-six interns recruited by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) recently ended a 10-week internship in NIH offices and laboratories. The program is coordinated and supported by the NIH Office of Research on Minority Health. Students are selected and paid for by the various institutes and centers, with about 75 percent of the institutes and centers participating. Twenty percent of the students are paid for by ORMH.

The 10-week internship programs are spearheaded at NIH by the Office of Research on Minority Health, and supported financially by ORMH and nearly every IC. Brian Easley (second from r), a trainer with the NIH Work and Family Life Center, offers a career workshop with several interns (from l) Cesar Vasquez, Alma Fuentes, Maria del Melendez-Leon, Melissa Reddock and Marisol Bengachea.

In addition to work experience, students participate in networking meetings in which they meet with NIH staffers in various career fields. These staff members serve as role models for students. Career development workshops are also arranged for the interns through the Work and Family Life Center, with Brian Easley as trainer.

Dr. George Alexander (l) of NCI congratulates Christopher Amijo, an intern with HACU.

At this year's closing program, Jacinta Marshall, director of employee systems and services, Arbitron Co., addressed the students on challenges in the professional world, and certificates were presented by Dr. John Ruffin, NIH associate director for research on minority health.

Dr. Richard Harrison of NIDA (l) and Dr. John Ruffin, NIH associate director for research on minority health, present a certificate to WINS intern Lovel Lewis.

HACU provides interns year-round; there are currently 13 interns on board at NIH for the fall semester. All ICs are encouraged to participate by providing challenging 10 to 15-week internship positions for these promising students. The cost to ICs is in the $10,000 range and covers administrative costs as well as travel and stipend for the interns. For more information contact Dr. Lorrita Watson, 594-7784.

NAFEO intern Jason Brown (l) worked in the NIH Extramural Associates Program with its director, Dr. Matthew Kinnard.

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