Participate in extracurricular activities to gain skills and experiences you will need to make the jump from the bench to policy:

  • Look for available teaching opportunities: TAing, tutoring high school students, the Maryland Science Center internship program.

  • Participate in student government or the GSA newsletter.

  • Look for any opportunities where you would have to talk about science to non-experts.

  • Volunteer in political campaigns.

  • Participate in a Hill Day through a scientific society.

  • Seek writing opportunities in graduate school organizations, or scientific associations

  • Meet with policy professionals at your institution to learn about what they do and to identify volunteering opportunities.

Professional Societies and Networking

  • Association of Women in Science - DC, Baltimore and Bethesda chapters

  • Listserve of science policy jobs (and monthly science policy happy hours in DC): To join, email Carrie Wolinetz at

  • Science Policy happy hour in DC:

  • Build your own! You could start by talking to people in the field, and asking them for additional names of people who would be interested in such a networking group.



Previous work

Science Policy Stance of 2018 Midterm Election Candidates Representing Baltimore, Maryland

Poster presentation for the 2018 Experimental Biology conference in San Diego, CA

December 2017 Op-Ed against tax on graduate student tuition waiver written by JHSPG Executive Board

We thank the Biomedical Career Institute at the Johns Hopkins Unviersity for putting together all of the above information!