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Programs & Institutions

AAAS | Science Careers website

American Evaluation Association

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 providing "Presenting Data and Information" course

The Evaluators’ Institute at Claremont Graduate University
Focused on training in evaluation for beginning, mid-career, and advanced evaluation professionals.

FAES Graduate School at NIH
Offering 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
Serves the Department of State and the US Government foreign affairs community with hundreds of course offerings on its campus and via distance learning.

Georgetown Government Affairs Institute Courses & Programs
Providing education and training about congressional processes, organization, and practices, and about selected legislative policy issues.

Graduate School USA

  • Acquisition
  • Financial Management
  • Informational Technology
  • Leadership & Management
  • Management Analysis
  • Program & Project Management

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

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DC Area Training: Languages, Legislation, Policy…

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  • 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.). Galileo. Grove Weidenfeld, 1991.

  • Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas. What Science Tells Us About Leadership Potential. Harvard Business Review, 2016.

  • Collins, Jim. Good to Great. Harper 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.

  • Heldman, Kim. Project Management JumpStart. Sybex, 3rd Ed., 2011.

  • Holgate, Sharon Ann. Enhance Your Career With Leadership Skills. Science, 2012.

  • 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 crew. Fast 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.

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Writing Opportunities

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Reading list

Publications from Science Magazine

  • 2017 Career Handbook
    • Science Careers teams up with some great organizations to bring you information about the latest career opportunities in a variety of fields.
  • Career Basics Booklet
    • Advice on preparing CVs and resumes, writing grants and scientific papers, networking and much more from ScienceCareers.
  • Career Trends: Building Relationships
    • In any scientific career, our relationships with colleagues will be important and building and sustaining these relationships will be valuable. This collection from ScienceCareers focuses on how to do this through communication skills, collaboration, informal interviews and much more!
  • Career Trends: Developing Your Skills
    • In making any career transition, you need to review your skills in order to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. This collection by ScienceCareers examines what makes you marketable and how you can build on your experiences to help you transition to your next career phase.
  • Career Trends: Exploring Careers Beyond the Bench
    • As unemployment for PhD graduates in the STEM fields increases, this Science Careers booklet covers how to prepare yourself for positions outside the lab and set yourself up for alternative career paths.
  • Career Trends: Finding Your Personal Job Chemistry
    • Science Careers has the goal of helping you asses your own strengths, weaknesses, and finding the best for you in the scientific landscape in this collection.
  • Career Trends: Industry or Academia: Where do I fit in?
    • This collection from Science Careers presents scenarios from industry and academia—offering advice on advancing your academic or industrial career as well as showing you opportunities for work that you may not have previously considered.
  • Career Trends: Running Your Lab
    • This booklet by Science Careers brings together tips and advice to help you be successful in running your own laboratory.
  • Career Trends: The Informed Job Search
    • To help you polish the critical skills that you’ll need to successfully search for jobs, Science Careers has collected career advice on choosing a career path, effective networking, navigating career fairs, and marketing yourself to potential employers.
  • Career Trends: Transferring Your Skills
    • After successfully navigating grad school or a postdoc, personal or professional reasons sometime spur the need to switch fields, jobs, or even careers. This booklet by Science Careers offers advice on how to transfer your skills to your new path.
  • From College to Careers
    • Covers the current issues and explores future directions for improving academic and professional success of post-secondary students with disabilities in the STEM fields.
  • L’Oreal Women in Science: Forging New Pathways in Biology
    • Science and the L’Oreal Foundation bring another Women in Science booklet focusing on 16 women in five different areas of biology research. Essays in this booklet give you an idea on the similarities and differences among their jobs and insight into their personal triumphs and struggles as they build successful and meaningful careers.
  • L’Oreal Women in Science: Forging New Pathways in Green Science
    • Science and the L’Oreal Foundation bring the latest Women in Science booklet, focusing on women who pursue research in “green science”. Stories in this booklet feature extraordinary women with a passion for discovery and compassion for our planet and its peoples.
  • Step by Step: Your Career from Undergrad to Postdoc
    • This Science Careers booklet looks at the individual steps you can take throughout your academic career to better prepare you for postgraduate life.

Other Publications

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