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STEM Career Opportunities in Government



STEM Career Opportunities in Government

Friday, October 23, 2020, 4:00 PM - Friday, November 6, 2020, 6:00 PM EST


Presented By

Science Alliance

The New York Academy of Sciences


Are you considering a Career in Government?

With the growing need for critical thinking, scientific methodology and effective communication STEM professionals are valuable candidates for positions in Government. In order to position oneself appropriately, STEM professionals need to highlight key skills that overlap with the workforce needs for a career in Government.

In this two part workshop we will focus on helping you identify those skills and then help you build upon your resume to meet the application process. Our facilitators Alejandro de la Puente and Srikant Iyer will lead the conversation to help you build a viable application.

Recruiter’s Hat:

October 23rd, 2020: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

In the first part of the workshop you will be provided with a generic academic CV and as a team-based exercise, identify the compatibility of the CV to 8 different job ads in Government. You’ll participate in a series of small group exercises focused on case studies of jobs in the Government sector. You and your team will identify the specific actions that would enable this individual to take their careers in new directions, and analyze how they apply their academic skills in new ways.

The case studies of Government career paths include:

  1. Science Analyst
  2. Program Director
  3. Program Manager
  4. US Department of Justice
  5. Science Education Administrator
  6. Jobs in Department of Defense
  7. U.S. Department of the Treasury

We will focus on the various skills you already possess to succeed in a government sector. For example:

  • The ability to multi-task, which you’ve gained from having to wear many hats
  • Skill in communicating technical information to non-technical audiences, which you’ve honed through your teaching engagements
  • The capacity to manage complex projects from start to finish, which you’ve learned through years of conducting research

We will also focus on gaps that that need to be bridged for the CV in question through certain “side-hustle” opportunities

From there you’ll create a personalized roadmap towards a career that can fulfill you, both professionally and personally.

Design Your Resume

November 6th, 2020: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Following the workshop on October 23rd, you will have 2 weeks to work on converting your academic CV into a Resume that is compatible with the job ad of your choice. Depending on your interest we encourage you to identify individuals - the facilitators will help you connect with individuals to have informational interviews to understand how you can position yourself as a more viable candidate compared to other applicants.

Flip Classroom style for your Resume

  • Through peer-peer learning you will share your thought process about developing your Resume to the job ad of your choice.
  • Share the “side-hustles” you identified to bridge the gaps and also offer recommendations to your peers
  • Prioritize your storylines based on the need of the job

At the end of this workshop - you will walk away with 8 Resume Templates as work products to help you navigate career paths in Government.


Nonmember Student, Undergrad, Grad, Fellow
Member Student, Post-Doc, Fellow


Alejandro de la Puente, Ph.D.
Alejandro de la Puente, Ph.D.
Srikant Iyer, Ph.D.
Srikant Iyer, Ph.D.

The New York Academy of Sciences