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Vol. LX, No. 24
November 28, 2008

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NIH Welcomes ‘Emerging Leaders’

The NIH Emerging Leaders Class of 2010 includes (from l) Elizabeth Tsai, Kimberley Eccles and Jessica Hancock.
The NIH Emerging Leaders Class of 2010 includes (from l) Elizabeth Tsai, Kimberley Eccles and Jessica Hancock.

Three new interns from the HHS Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) joined the NIH community recently.

The ELP is a 2-year competitive internship that recruits qualified young professionals for fast-track career development and leadership training. Interns are admitted to home offices throughout HHS where they work during their first and last 6 months of the program. Interns also have the opportunity to do four 3-month rotations anywhere within HHS to gain a broader understanding of the department.

The class of 2010 competed with thousands of highly qualified candidates from all over the country. The new NIH interns are part of a class of 18 emerging leaders with positions at HHS, IHS, HRSA, FDA, SAMHSA and CDC. They bring to NIH a diverse set of educational backgrounds and experiences.

Kimberley Eccles has a B.S. in electronic business from Towson University and an M.S. in technology management along with a certificate in human resource management from the University of Maryland. She is interested in improving the management and personnel services for information technology at NIH. Her home office is in the Division of Customer Support at CIT.

Elizabeth Tsai, whose home office is the Office of the Director at ORF, graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in public policy and holds an M.B.A. with a special emphasis in health care administration from Cleveland State University. After graduating from Duke, Tsai received a Fulbright scholarship from the Department of State to teach English in South Korea. She is interested in international development and global health, developing future leaders in the advancement of science and technology and improving access to quality health care both domestically and internationally.

Jessica Hancock holds a B.A. in international relations and B.A. in economics from Michigan State University. In addition, she has specializations in bioethics, humanities and society and political economics. She is excited to learn more about NIH and discover where she can best work to improve the health care and lives of people the world over. Hancock will be working in the Office of the Director at ORS.

The new class joins five interns from the NIH class of 2009, approximately 25 ELP alumni and a vibrant administrative intern community at NIH.

For more information about the NIH-ELP, contact Dr. James Peterson at the NIH Training Center, (301) 451-7302 or visit Icon

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