The National Science Foundation has made available supplemental funds to improve graduate student preparedness for entering the workforce. NSF supports science and engineering doctoral students in gaining additional educational opportunities and student training in order to help acquire experience, skills and knowledge in potential science, technology, engineering and mathematic careers. More information can be found at the NSF website.
Science Outside the Lab, presented by Arizona State University, provides graduate students with real workforce involvement, training, and mentoring in a short-term experience. During the two-week Washington DC experience, students explore the relationships between science, policy and societal outcomes, interacting with people who fund, regulate, shape, publicize and study science.
This program is for doctoral students interested in science funding, regulation and policy benefiting from the opportunity to expand knowledge, learning about fellowships, and meeting with current science policy professionals. The program fee ($4,000) covers all activities, local transportation, lodging, as well as breakfast and lunch. Dinner and transportation are not included but generally do not exceed $1,000 over the course of the two-weeks.