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JHMI Professional Development Office - Professional Skills Workshop Internship

Background about the Professional Development Office 

The Professional Development Office (PDO) of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions serves students, fellows, and junior faculty in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health.  As of this year, the NIH expects postdoctoral fellowship applications to include such resources as might be associated with an Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.”  The PDO meets and exceeds these expectations with its programming.

Our services include: Free small, interactive Courses for senior postdocs and junior faculty: Grantcraft, Writing for Publication, Scientific Presentations; Free courses for students and postdocs: “Your Research Career” and “Research Leadership”; Career Exploration: Workshops on CV writing, resume writing, networking, interviewing; career assessments, annual Biomedical Career Information Fair; Travel Award; Teaching Fellows collaborations with local universities; employer information sessions, panels and speakers on a wide range of scientific careers; Individual Consultation, and Communication via our weekly e-newsletter, Web site and social media.    

The internship is an opportunity to get acquainted with the work of a career development office at the graduate and postdoctoral level. Two project options are available. The PDO Director and the intern will decide jointly which project will be the focus of the internship.

Project: Professional Skills Workshop

Background: For all career pathways, graduate students and advanced degree holders need professional skills to compete successfully and thrive in an independent career.

Project: The intern will develop content, deliver and moderate a workshop on career development skills. The workshop can either be one already offered and featuring the intern’s perspective or a new workshop. The intern will be given mentoring and feedback on workshop content and instruction. Milestones will include, for example: Identify a career development skills subject. Research the background. Develop the workshop content.  Participate in creating publicity and preregistration.  Create slides and/or handouts.  Deliver the workshop. Collect feedback, address comments to improve the workshop, and write a brief funding proposal.  The intern will be given mentoring and feedback throughout the experience on progress toward milestones.

The intern will learn to identify and assess the need for a workshop topic, develop visual and tangible materials, plan active learning, enhance presentation skills, and carry out a summative evaluation of the activity.


The intern will participate in staff meetings monthly or as needed.  S/he may also be invited to report on the internship experience at other meetings. 

In addition to carrying out the chosen project, the intern will be able to fully participate in ongoing courses and workshops, as time commitment permits.

The intern will work under the direction of the PDO Director (or as delegated, the Assistant Director).

A certificate of completion will be provided upon satisfactory completion of milestones.

Other Information

  • Ideally half-day/week for 3 months, possibly one full day/week for 6 weeks. 

Application Process

  • Interested postdoctoral fellows may apply by contacting Gaelle Kolb, Ph.D., Interim Director, Professional Development Office, by email at
  • An application will include
    • A letter of intent, describing why the applicant is interested in this internship and how s/he expects to apply the learning experience currently and in the future.
    • A  Biosketch (NIH Fellowship format or similar).
    • Documentation from the Principal Investigator of permission to participate.