CSIS Accelerator Series
Successful professionals are expected to have the right tools to manage diverse teams and complex challenges in today’s fast-paced work environment. The CSIS Accelerator Series is a comprehensive training program for rising professionals who wish to develop their leadership, management, communication, and other professional skills to help advance their career.
Participants work with CSIS policy experts and top industry leadership coaches. They also learn from each other, a select network of professionals from different sectors across Washington, and gain unique insights on how to navigate the D.C. ecosystem. As a cohort, participants will complete a rigorous series of experiential seminars and workshops, and learn to be strategic, ethical, and effective leaders.
2021 CurriculumTo receive a certificate of achievement, participants must complete a minimum of 14 courses. Participants are encouraged to attend as many classes as possible, and there is no limit to the number of sessions that may be completed.
- Cultivating Connections in the Digital Environment
- D.C. Power Structures
- Recognizing and Managing Polarities
- Understanding Different Leadership Frameworks
- Leveraging Temperament: Self-Awareness and Team-Building
- Change Management
- Design Thinking
- Project Management
Communication - Public Speaking
- How to Conduct a Policy Briefing
Moderating Panels (two session series)
- On-Camera Media Training
Communication - Writing and Negotiation
- How to Write a Policy Brief (two session series)
- Negotiation Strategies
- Public Speaking and Presentation Development
- Data Visualization
- Qualitative Data Collection and Research Methods
- Social Media Trends and Engagement Strategies
CSIS is seeking a diverse and accomplished cohort of young leaders who can fully commit to the program and help build a vibrant and engaged peer learning environment. The selection committee will consider a candidate's professional background and leadership potential, as well as demonstrated interest in the four thematic modules: Leadership, Management, Communication, and Professional Skills.
Applicants should meet the following criteria:
- Undergraduate degree and 3-5 years of professional experience, or advanced degree and 2+ years of professional experience
- Proficient in English
- Potential to serve in a leadership or management role
How to Apply
Participants may be nominated by their supervisors or apply directly to the program. To apply, please submit the following documents through the application link:
- Nomination letter from a current supervisor
- Completed application form
Previous and current participants include representatives from:
American Gas Association, Bechtel, Booz Allen Hamilton, The Cohen Group, Cummins, Inc., Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, Embassy of Australia, Embassy of the Netherlands, ENI S.p.a., FHI 360, FMC and The Congressional Study Groups, Global Health Technologies Coalition, Guidehouse LLP, International Committee of the Red Cross, International Republican Institute, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Millennium Challenge Corporation, National Nuclear Security Administration, Norwegian Refugee Council, PATH, RESULTS Education Fund, Samsung Electronics, Spirit of America, Toyota North America, USAID, U.S. Army, U.S. Green Building Council, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Institute of Peace, Visa, Vital Voices Global Partnership, White Ribbon Alliance, The World Bank Group
For more information, please contact Christine Kovach, Assistant Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.