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CSIS Accelerator Series

A CSIS Executive Education Course


Course Dates
April - December 2020
CSIS Headquarters,
1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20036

$5,000 USD
Application Deadline                                     


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.

2020 Curriculum

To 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. 

  • Leadership
    • D.C. Power Structures
    • Recognizing and Managing Polarities
    • Understanding Different Leadership Frameworks
    • Leveraging Temperament: Self-Awareness and Team-Building
  • Management
    • Change Management
    • Design Thinking
    • Organizational Budget Management
    • Personal Financial Management
    • Project Management
  • Communication - Public Speaking
    • Etiquette and Networking Techniques
    • How to Conduct a Policy Briefing
    • Moderating Panels (two session series)
    • On-Camera Media Training
  • Communication - Writing and Negotiation
    • Cross-cultural Communication
    • Grant Proposal Writing
    • How to Write a Policy Brief (two session series)
    • Negotiation Strategies
    • Public Speaking and Presentation Development
    • Data Analysis
      • Data Visualization
      • Qualitative Data Collection and Research Methods
      • Quantitative Data Management
      • 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 3-8 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:

  • Resume
  • Nomination letter from a current supervisor
  • Completed application form



Previous and current participants include representatives from:

Bechtel, Counterpart International, 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, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Global Health Technologies Coalition, Guidehouse LLP, International Republican Institute, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Leonardo Technologies, Inc., Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Millennium Challenge Corporation, National Nuclear Security Administration, Norwegian Refugee Council, PATH, RESULTS Education Fund, Rhea Space Activity, Samsung Electronics, Spirit of America, 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, Learning and Talent Development Manager, at