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Caroline Crum

Caroline Crum Ė US Air Force

Program Analyst, National Cancer Institute (NCI)

How did you become an NIH employee?

I joined the NIH through the Presidential Management Fellows program upon graduating from a masterís program. After the two-year rotational program, I converted into a permanent position at the National Cancer Institute.

What inspired you to want to work at NIH?

I chose to work at the NIH because I felt connected to its organizational mission. I had gotten a masterís in public health because I wanted to work towards improving peopleís quality of life, and the NIH seemed like a good fit for me to use my skills. I also was attracted to the academic, collaborative culture and the emphasis on personal development that seems to permeate the work environment at NIH.

Was it difficult transitioning from the military into NIH?

I did not transition directly from the military to the NIH. I took a few years off to travel and do some volunteer work, and then went to graduate school prior to coming to the NIH. Just as the military has a lot of different subcultures within it, so does the NIH. I happen to be on a team that is very collaborative and every individual is quite competent, so in that sense, it is not very different from the military. On the other hand, my work environment is much less structured than it was in the Air Force.

What is your role at NIH?

I am in the Office of Workforce Management and Development at the National Cancer Institute. I develop and teach courses on a variety of topics to NCI employees. Some of these topics include leadership, conflict resolution, and communication. I also am a personal coach for employees and I manage the leadership forum program.

How do you think other veterans can benefit from joining NIH?

I think the NIH is a great place to work. For the most part, people are very hardworking and are dedicated to the organizationís mission. For many of us, we were drawn to the military because of a sense of duty, a desire for camaraderie and strong teamwork, and a mission we could get behind. I have found that people here have those same desires, even if the environment is quite different on the surface.

This page last reviewed on June 19, 2014

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