Job Simulations are an emerging tool for PhD trained researchers to explore various careers in a low- commitment, time-efficient manner. Simulations are designed to offer trainees a task that would be common in a career or profession of interest. These exercises allow for the trainee to determine if this would be a good fit for skills and interest.

Developed by the UCSF and Washington University St. Louis, InterSECT provides a framework for the use of Job Simulations as a means to explore careers, develop SMART goals, reflect on the simulation, and then conduct informational interviews with professionals in the field of interest to address questions which may have arose from the experience. After the completion of this exercise, a trainee may choose to complete more formal training, such as course work, or pursue further experiential learning through participation in shadowing or an internship.

InterSECT has a robust simulation library to allow for exploration into a broad range careers.



Science Sims

  • Business Related
  • Clinical Trials
  • Data Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Freelance Journalism & Science Communication
  • Intellectual PropertyJournal Editing
  • Medical Writing
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Program Management
  • Public Health
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Research Development
  • Science Outreach and Education
  • Scientific and Medical Testing
  • Support of Science Products
  • Teaching
  • University Administration

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Humanities Sims

  • Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing
  • Consulting
  • Development
  • Diplomacy and Mediation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Faculty
  • Human Services
  • K-12 Education
  • Organizational Management
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Research and Analysis
  • Training
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Writing, Publishing, and Editing

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