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June is a great month. The longest day of the year beckons the warmth of summer. Outdoor activities abound. And, most importantly, the NICHD Office of Education welcomes our Summer Internship Program trainees!

This summer’s virtual environment creates new learning opportunities for summer trainees. The NICHD Office of Education and the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education have planned a superb line up of career development workshops and activities. Take it from our current trainees, a fully virtual environment can be a valuable and fulfilling experience.

I’d like to personally invite our summer interns to contact me (shana.spindler@nih.gov) with any ideas for The NICHD Connection newsletter or interest in writing an article. To help summer interns learn about our content, we’ve included a few of our regular columns, including our Hot Off the Press, Clinical Corner, and Rep Report columns—and of course our June Announcements and Events. Check out our newsletter archives for an additional decade worth of examples.

To our newest trainees, most senior fellows, and everyone in between—have a great summer!

Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD

Please send questions, comments, and ideas to our editor at shana.spindler@nih.gov.