New Employee Orientation at NIAID

Welcome to NIAID!

On your second day, you will attend the Navigating NIAID Welcome Workshop (NNWW), NIAID’s orientation, provided by the Office of Workforce Effectiveness and Resources (OWER).

Directional Video: Arriving at New Employee Orientation

What is NIAID orientation?

NNWW provides a broad overview of NIAID, its history, its organizational structure, and the global health challenges we face. The workshop also includes an introduction to the information technology (IT) world at NIAID, the new employee onboarding program, and opportunities for professional development within NIAID. Additionally, you will complete mandatory training requirements.

Note: People with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Dennis Kovanda.

When do I need to attend the orientation?

NNWW occurs every other Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, the day following NIH orientation. Plan to arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. See the NNWW schedule for workshop dates, and check your offer letter for NIH orientation dates.

Note: If you are attending NIH Orientation on a Tuesday because of a federal holiday, you should attend NNWW on the Tuesday two weeks after the NIH orientation.

Where is orientation and how do I get there?

NIAID orientation is located at 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852. It is the newest building in the growing Twinbrook community that houses many health science and research-focused government agencies. There are several transportation options within easy walking distance both to and from 5601 Fishers Lane.

Driving Directions
Enter your starting point into Google Maps to generate driving directions to the visitor parking lot, 12721 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, MD 20852. This garage is accessible off Fishers Lane, from Twinbrook Parkway. Immediately after turning onto Fishers Lane, take the first left onto the access road between the Pharmacopoeia building and 5635 Fishers Lane. The garage will be on your right and is managed by Atlantic Services group (there are signs for Atlantic Fishers Place Parking). Go past the first entrance and enter the garage under the large blue and white “Park” banner. It is approximately one block from 5601 Fishers Lane. There is access to a walkway back to Fishers Lane from the third floor elevator/stairs in the garage. Parking validation will be provided to all employees attending the NNWW.

Twinbrook (Red Line) is the closest Metro station, located a half-mile from 5601 Fishers Lane. Allow 10 to 15 minutes to walk to 5601 Fishers Lane and another 5 minutes to be processed through building security. If you choose to use the Metro after orientation, mid-day trains usually depart every 12 to 15 minutes from the Twinbrook station. Train schedules are available on WMATA Metrorail.

5601 Fishers Lane is serviced by Ride On buses and Metrobus. A Montgomery County Ride On bus (#93) operates during morning and evening rush hours. For more information, view the Route 93 map and schedule (PDF). You can use the following resources to help plan your commute to Fishers Lane:

Note: Due to construction at the HHS Parklawn Building, the #93 Ride On bus cannot stop in front of 5601 Fishers Lane. For the time being, the bus will pick up and discharge on Parklawn Drive, on the other side of the Parklawn Building. For questions about this temporary stop change, contact Ride On. Efforts are underway to locate a bus stop that is safe and more convenient to staff in 5601 Fishers Lane.

What happens when I arrive at orientation?

Upon arrival at the building, you will be processed through security. You will be asked to show ID and pass through a scanning machine similar to security scanners at airports. Security personnel will guide you through the process (screening of metal items, luggage, purses, brief cases, etc.). The process generally takes about five minutes.

After security, you will open the glass doors to the building lobby and be greeted by an NIAID orientation escort, who will then take you to the location of the workshop. Once the workshop is completed, you will be escorted back to the lobby to exit the building, or if you work in the building, to your floor to report for duty.

How should I dress?

Business casual is best. The orientation room can be chilly so bring a light jacket or sweater.

What should I bring?

Bring your NIH ID badge, if you have one, and an additional form of ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.). You will not be able to access the building without photo identification.

Is there somewhere to purchase food and drink?

5601 Fishers Lane has several morning and afternoon food and drink options:

  • On the lobby level, Coffee Zone serves Starbucks coffee and miscellaneous snacks and the Café 5601 cafeteria serves many morning and afternoon hot and cold food options.
  • Each floor has a café with refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, and soda/snack vending machines.

Outside the building, there are additional food options:

  • 5600 Fishers Lane (across the street) has a full-service cafeteria. You may access the building with an HHS badge.
  • 5635 Fishers Lane (two blocks west) has a small strip mall with additional food options.

There are also tables and chairs to enjoy breakfast or to stay for lunch after orientation!

I am lost the morning of the orientation? Whom do I call?

Contact OWER at 240-669-2911, who will notify the program managers listed on the Contact Us page. OWER office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where do I go after orientation?

Unless you have discussed an alternative option with your supervisor, new employees are expected to report to their duty stations and begin work after orientation is complete. Employees working at the Fishers Lane building will be escorted to their floors to report for duty; employees who work at another location will be escorted back to the main lobby.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health are proud to be equal opportunity employers.

Content last reviewed on April 17, 2015