Career & PD Resources


Programs & Institutions
DC Area Training
Writing Opportunities
Reading List

Programs & Institutions

AAAS | Science Careers website (
AAAS Office of Government Relations (
The CapitolNet (
Offering courses in:
  • Congressional Operations
  • Federal Budgeting
  • Working with Congress & Congressional Staff
  • Media Training
  • The Executive Branch
  • Communication and Advocacy
Congressional Research Service (
Training for congressional staff in legislative and budget procedures.
Edward Tufte visualizing data courses (
The Evaluators’ Institute at George Washington University (
  • Qualitative Evaluation Methods
  • Applied Statistics for Evaluators
  • Outcome and Impact Assessment
  • Policy Evaluation and Analysis
  • Working with Evaluation Stakeholders
  • Effective Reporting Strategies for Evaluators
  • Using Program Theory and Logic Models in Evaluation
  • Performance Measurement for Government & Nonprofit Organizations
  • Introduction to Impact and Cost-Benefit Analysis
FAES Graduate School (
Offers classes near NIH campuses in Bethesda/Rockville, on topics including technology transfer and biotech business development. A certificate in technology transfer is available.
Foreign Service Institute (
Offers courses about language, leadership, area studies and international negotiations to State Department employees.
Georgetown Government Affairs Institute (
  • Congressional Operations Course (5 days)
  • Understanding and Working with Congress (2-8 hours)
  • The New Congress (1 day)
HHS University (
Courses are for both HHS employees and non-HHS employees. They offer a wide variety of courses in personal development, project leadership and leadership development.
Johns Hopkins Summer Institutes at the School of Public Health (
Offers week-long summer courses including Health Policy & Management, Leadership and Strategic Health Communication.
NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (
Courses for postdocs, clinical fellow and graduate students to improve leadership and management skills.
Project Management Institute (
  • Building Teams, Commitment and Culture for Virtual Teams
  • Effective Project Communications and Control for Virtual Teams
  • Essential Skills for Managing Projects
  • Human Factors and Team Dynamics for Project Managers
  • Managing Multiple Projects
Run For Science (
American Evaluation Association (
Graduate School USA (
  • Acquisition
  • Financial Management
  • Informational Technology
  • Leadership & Management
  • Management Analysis
  • Program & Project Management


DC Area Training: Languages, Legislation, Policy…

American University

The CapitolNet

Congressional Research Service

(trainings available to Congressional Fellows only)

Foreign Service Institute

(trainings available to State Fellows only)

George Mason University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

University of Maryland, College Park

USDA Graduate School

Virginia Tech



Bennis, Warren G. The Seven Ages of the Leader. Harvard Business Review. January 2004:46-53.

Bolles, Richard Nelson. What Color is Your Parachute? Ten Speed Press, 2000.

Bolman, Lee G. and Terrence E. Deal. The Wizard and the Warrior: Leading with Passion and Power. Jossey-Bass, 2006.

Brecht, Bertolt (Bentley, Eric, ed.). GalileoGrove Weidenfeld, 1991.

Collins, Jim. Good to GreatHarper Collins, 2001.

Feynman, Richard. "What do You Care What Other People Think?" – Further Adventures of a Curious Character. Bantam Doubleday, 1992.

Gardner, Howard. Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People's Minds. Harvard Business School Press, 2006.

Heifetz, Ronald. Leadership Without Easy Answers. Belknap Press, 1998.

Kernan, Alvin. In Plato's Cave. Yale University Press, 1999.

Klaus, Peggy. Brag – The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It. Time Warner Publishing, 2003.

Klein, Gary. Executive Intent: How to Communicate Your Intuitions, from Intuition at Work. Currency, 2002.

Koestenbaum, Peter. Leadership: The Inner Side of Greatness – A Philosophy for Leaders. Jossey-Bass, 2002.

LaBarre, Polly. Do You Have the Will to Lead? Fast Company March 2002:222.

LaBarre, Polly. The most important thing a captain can do is to see the ship from the eyes of the crewFast Company. April 1999:115-126.

Roberts, Paul. The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered. Fast Company. April 1999:149-162.

Schwartz, Roger M. The Skilled Facilitator: Practical Wisdom for Developing Effective Groups. Jossey-Bass, 1994.

Stone, Douglas, Patton, Bruce, and Heen, Sheila. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. Penguin Books, 1999.

Ury, William. Getting Past No: Negotiating Your Way from Confrontation to Cooperation. Bantam Books, 1991, 1993.

Winston, Stephanie. The Organized Executive. Warner Books, 2001.


Writing Opportunities

Sci on the Fly blog

In Person column for Science Careers

Next Gen Voices features for Science Magazine

Science Books and Films reviews new offerings for teachers and librarians

Science Writing for Lay Audiences


Reading list

12 Tips on Navigating the Federal Job Application Process
GovLoop, April 7, 2015

The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics 
Roger A. Pielke, Jr., (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

“Science Advocacy: What Is It and What Is the Role of Professional Societies?” 
Steve Pierson, AMSTATNEWS, January  1, 2012. 

Do Scientists Have a Special Responsibility to Engage in Political Advocacy?
Matthew Nisbet, Sept. 13, 2010.

“What is “Responsible Advocacy” in Science? Good Advice,
In J. Goodwin (Ed.),  Between scientists & citizens: Proceedings of a conference at Iowa State University, June 1-2, 2012, pp. 151-161.