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Chris Carlsen – US Air Force
Management Analyst, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
How did you become an NIH employee?
I was hired at NIH through the former Administrative Fellows program (now part of the Pathways program). During my last semester of Graduate School, an NIH recruitment team visited my school and inspired me to apply for the program. I went through the interview process and was offered a position with the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).
What inspired you to want to work at NIH?
Similar to what called me to serve in the military, I connected to the public service component and was particularly drawn to being a small part of improving the quality of life for all Americans.
Was it difficult transitioning from the military into NIH?
It was not difficult, just different. The culture at NIH is one where decisions are much more collaborative driven and leaders seek input from all stakeholders, regardless of grade level.
What is your role at NIH?
Currently, I am a Management Analyst in the Office of the Director at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). In my role, I provide project coordination for a variety of administrative initiatives and coordinate the Institute’s Risk Management program.
How do you think other veterans can benefit from joining NIH?
I believe other veterans would find an environment where their communication skills, attention to detail, and initiative is highly valued. Additionally, veterans will find NIH to be a place where the opportunities for professional growth are numerous, and workforce development is paramount.