Resources for Federal Employees During Shutdown

If you are a federal employee, there are options that may be available to you to cope with the financial challenges that you may be experiencing with the shutdown, as shared by USA TODAY:

Additional resources including wireless providers and local (DC-based) businesses providing support are listed here.

Source: Tyko, K. (2019, January 10). Businesses offer furlough freebies, shutdown specials and assistance to federal workers. USA TODAY. Retrieved from

UPDATE: For federal employees in NYC, the New York Common Pantry is providing bags of food – produce, dry goods and proteins to help through this time at their Manhattan and Bronx Pantry:

  • Manhattan: 8 East 109th Street, Manhattan, Wednesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Bronx: 1290 Hoe Avenue, Bronx, Thursday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Also, Masbia Soup Kitchen Network serves free hot dinner and distributes raw grocery packages to all. Masbia operates out of 3 locations throughout New York City and is open 5 days a week. Everyone is eligible no ID needed. Everyone is entitled to free sit in dinner nightly and a take-home grocery package once a week. ALL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS ARE WELCOME. See more information below. (No need to call ahead, just show up)


ProFellow Academy, an Online Fellowship Resource, Now Offered for FREE

ProFellow Academy, an online platform where the experts teach you how to find and win competitive fellowships, grants, and awards, is now being offered for FREE!

Content will include:

  • Free short courses and webinars on how to find and win fellowships, grants, and awards
  • Our Events calendar of live in-depth workshops on insider application strategies
  • Recorded courses, including ProFellow’s Kickstarter Course (aka “Fellowships 101”) – learn how to find the right funding opportunities for your next big career goal
  • Virtual “office hours” with ProFellow Founder and four-time fellow Dr. Vicki Johnson – ask your burning questions when you need assistance
  • Live Q&A with fellowship winners and industry experts
  • Invitations to ProFellow’s in-person networking events
  • Personal introductions to current and former fellows globally
  • And more!

Request to join here!

ProFellow Academy is an extension of ProFellow, an online database where you can search through more than 1,000 professional and academic fellowship programs.

Career Strategies for the New Year

Happy New Year!

While any time is a good time for setting new goals and habits, the start of a new year always presents a great opportunity to implement new resolutions.

One easy-to-implement resolution, whether you’re interning or working in a full-time role, is to keep a regular journal of your personal and professional accomplishments. This is not only an effective way to track your progress toward your goals but also to tangibly reflect on your successes, challenges, and growth and identify next steps.

You can use the traditional pen-to-paper method or try one of the many free journaling apps available. Journal entries are most useful when they include:

  • Specific details about a situation, project, or challenge you faced (including who, what, and when)
  • Skills you used or actions you took to address it
  • Results you achieved or impact you had

Sound familiar? These are the core elements of resumes and interviews. They’re also great to discuss in performance reviews. Not sure where to start? Schedule an appointment with the career team today!