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ACT-IAC: Where government and industry leaders collaborate.

Associates Overview

 

*APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH Friday January 4th at 5:00 PM*

The Associates Program prepares entry-level professionals, with up to five years of experience, for their future roles as leaders in government and industry. This unique program fosters career growth through coaching and classroom training as well as independent and team exercises. The nine-month program trains ambitious young professionals who want to master skills such as personal branding and career management early in their careers.  The Associates Program provides essential personal, team, and career development trainings by the trusted subject matter experts within the government IT community. The monthly educational programs are held outside of normal bushiness hours and reveal real world tips and techniques from some of the industry's most successful individuals. 

Professional Development

  • Learn about issues in our industry and hear real world tips and techniques from peers, coaches, and instructors
  • Perform practical, interactive exercises based on both Government and industry culture
  • Develop soft skills necessary to advance more rapidly in our industry
  • Earn up to 25 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs)

Coaching 

  • Provide insight and knowledge from Government and industry essential to students
  • Accelerate professional and personal growth, build confidence and discover solutions to challenges

Collaboration

  • Experience ACT IAC collaboration through classes, volunteer events, social events, and special projects
  • Build relationships with peers, coaches, and ACT IAC members
 
Criteria
A Government applicant should:
  • Be a federal employee (Grade 7-11) with 1-5 years of federal experience in project management, contracting, customer service, technical or in another key role in their organization.
  • Have a well-rounded background in their discipline and/or career within their agency.
  • Be considered a “rising star” in his or her agency.
  • Possess a willingness to learn.
  • Be willing to dedicate one day per month for ACT-IAC Associate activities between February and November.
  • Be recommended by a sponsor within their agency who is willing to pay the fee for the program.  Participant fee is $1995 and includes all meals and facilities.
An Industry applicant should:
  • Be an entry-level managers or a professional with 2 -5 years of experience in project management, contracting, customer service, technical or in another key role in their organization.
  • Have a well-rounded background in their discipline and/or career within their agency.
  • Be considered a “rising star” in his or her agency.
  • Possess a willingness to learn.
  • Be willing to dedicate one day per month for ACT-IAC Associate activities between February and November.
  • Be recommended by a sponsor within their agency who is willing to pay the fee for the program.  Participant fee is $1995 and includes all meals and facilities.
Associates Graduates

"Participating in the ACT-IAC Associates Program was an extremely rewarding experience.  What I appreciated most was networking with industry partners both in and outside of the program, building my personal brand, and gaining a better understanding of the Government IT Community.  It is paramount during the early stages of a career to gain meaningful connections, and the Associates Program does just that. This program provides both the tools, and the opportunities, to polish and perfect your personal brand so that you are well equipped to grow within the Industry. "

--Nicholas Adams
   Contract Specialist, General Services Administration
   Associates Graduate 2017

“The ACT-IAC Associates Program provides an eye-opening introduction to a community where government and industry collaborate, break down communication barriers, and work together as partners to solve problems and advance the government. Over the past year, I have been grateful for the opportunity to jumpstart my professional network, learn from senior industry and government leaders, acquire new skills and tool sets that I will use for the rest of my career, and join a welcoming community that I will stay involved in long after graduation.”

--Michaela Suomi
  Senior Business Analyst, CGI Federal
  Associates Graduate 2017

Events and Forums

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 3:30pm to 7:00pm