Special Message from GU contributor, Todd.

Hey Eco-friends and other potentially interested parties,

See below for a list of interesting science and policy fellowships for undergrads– looks pretty cool if you’re looking for, say jobs or summer work. A friend of mine who’s in grad school at Berkeley and worked to compile this list sent it out to me. Hope it’s useful!



* AAAS Internship OpportunitiesThe American Association for the Advancement of Science provides paid and unpaid science policy internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. Internships opportunities are available with several AAAS centers and programs as well as with Science Magazine, the largest circulating weekly of basic research and science policy related news.

AAU Internships in Science and Higher Education Policy — The Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada, provides unpaid internships for college students in the fall, winter/spring, and summer. Among other things, AAU interns work on substantive projects relating to science and/or higher education policy; track legislation; attend and report on congressional hearings; draft congressional correspondence, briefing papers, and other written materials; and shadow AAU federal relations staff in their daily activities.

* House Science, Space and Technology Committee . The House Science, Space and Technology Committee is involved in many key science and technology policy issues facing the U.S. Congress. The committee has partial or complete jurisdiction over the following federal agencies: the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Energy,  EPA, NOAA, National Institute of Standards and Technology and the United States Geological Survey. To learn more about internship opportunities with the Committee, e-mail: science@mail.house.gov or call: 202-225-6371. Individuals interested in applying for internships working for the Republicans on the Committee should mail a cover letter and résumé to: Committee on Science, Space, and Technology c/o Internship Program 2321 Rayburn House Office Building Washington DC, 20515. Applications to work for the Democrats on the Committee can be obtained at: http://democrats.science.house.gov/sites/democrats.science.house.gov/files/documents/112%20Internship%20Application.pdf

Office of Science and Technology Policy — The American Geological Institute (AGI)  Government Affairs Program offers summer and semester internship opportunities for geoscience students (undergraduates and Masters students) with an interest in public policy and in how Washington impacts the geoscience community. Interns gain a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and the operation of executive branch agencies. They also hone writing, research, and web publishing skills.

* NSF Summer Scholars Internship ProgramThe mission of NSF’s Summer Scholars Internship Program (SSIP) is to develop undergraduate and graduate student potential through exposure to relevant science and engineering policy, research and education issues and programs; and to encourage students to earn graduate degrees and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.  SSIP participants leave NSF with a better understanding of science administration and how Federal policies affect the science and engineering community. Participation in this program is limited and applications are coordinated through The American Indian Science & Engineering Society; The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; The Quality Education for Minorities Network; and The Washington Internships for Native Students.

* NIH Internship Opportunities in Federal Technology Transfer — The NIH Office of Technology Transfer has internship opportunities available to qualified Master´s or Doctoral students in the fields of law, business, or life sciences. The Office of Technology Transfer is responsible for patenting, marketing, and licensing technologies resulting from basic research done at NIH.  These are unpaid positions to provide candidates an opportunity to receive training in the field of intellectual property management, patent prosecution, licensing, marketing, or technology transfer policy.

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Science & Technology Policy Internships — The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit public policy research institute that identifies and fosters policy discussions on key science, technology, and national security issues facing our society.  Interns at the institute assist with the institutes research and technical operations, attend Institute seminars and conferences, and develop personal academic interests. Internship duties and responsibilities include supporting senior staff in: conducting research, developing a keen understanding of the impact of science upon our society, compiling bibliographies and chronologies, summarizing research materials as directed, collecting and assembling data, copy editing and proofreading, supporting conferences and events, and administrative work to help meet the objectives of the Potomac Institute

* AGI Geoscience & Public Policy Internships — The American Geological Institute (AGI) Government Affairs Program offers summer and semester internship opportunities for geoscience students (undergraduates and Masters students) with an interest in public policy and in how Washington impacts the geoscience community. Interns gain a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and the operation of executive branch agencies. They also hone writing, research, and web publishing skills.

Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) —  WISE enables students entering their final year of undergraduate engineering study to spend the summer in Washington, D.C. learning how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy decisions. The program is jointly sponsored by several major engineering societies.

* The Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships The goal of the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship Program is to provide promising undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in the Nation’s capital, under the aegis of the National Academies Space Science Board. The Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships are offered twice annually. The summer program is restricted to undergraduates and the autumn program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

National Council for Science and the Environment — The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) offers internships for students and recent graduates throughout the year. Preference is given to students or graduates of the NCSE’s  University Affiliate institutions.  NCSE interns may assist in outreach to the academic, governmental, business, and civil communities and some have the opportunity to work directly with the on NCSE science policy matters.  Opportunities made available to interns include attending briefings, seminars and conferences — all important networking opportunities in D.C. and on Capitol Hill.

* Research!America Science Policy Internships — The intern will assist the Research!America with its mission to make research to improve health a higher national priority through education, advocacy and public policy activities. Research!America policy interns track policy issues, including budget and appropriations legislation; perform background research; complete and present a self-directed project on a science policy topic relevant to the mission of Research!America, and provide administrative and project management support no a limited basis.

Scientists and Engineers for America Washington D.C. and Virtual Internships — Scientist and Engineers for America (SEA), a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate evidence-based decision making at all levels of government, offers Washington, D.C. based and virtual internships.  SEA interns work closely with SEA staff and are involved in tasks such as researching and drafting concise descriptions of current science policy issues, researching elected officials’ biographies and voting records on science policy issues, and collecting science policy news articles for the SEA website.

Science Progress Internships, Center for American Progress — Interns working with Science Progress have the opportunity to contribute to a dynamic magazine that is recognized by science policymakers around the country.  Primary intern responsibilities include writing about policy-related issues regularly for the Science Progress blog, assisting with web production and outreach, and research to support our wide array of content. A science or engineering background is not necessary; undergraduate and masters-level students and J.D. and Ph.D. candidates as well as recent graduates are eligible to apply. Application information can be found at the Center for American Progress Intership Program website.

* Soil Science Society of America Science Policy Internship — the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)along with the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) offer a joint internship that  provides qualified individuals in the agronomic, crop, soil sciences, and related disciplines with a hands-on learning experience in the science policy arena. The intern will work closely with the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Director of Science Policy in Washington DC, monitoring and analyzing agricultural, natural resources, and environmental legislation, attending and participating in Congressional/Agency hearings and briefings, assisting in the preparation of position papers, directing the Societies’ grassroots advocacy activities, and communicating with members of the Societies. Applicants are required to be a member of SSSA, ASA, or CSSA and must have completed the first semester of their Sophomore year.

U.S. Department of State  Science and Technology Internships/Fellowships –Recognizing the increasing role science and technology play in achieving U.S. foreign policy goals,  the U.S. State Department has begun an effort to actively augment S&T resources inside the Department. One important element of this effort is to actively encourage science and engineering students, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, to work in the Department and its embassies to address the global challenges of applying and controlling science and technology in building a peaceful and sustainable world.  To help it to accomplish this goal, the Department offers a number of intership and fellowship opportunities. A full list can be found at: http://www.state.gov/g/stas/fi/index.htm.          In addition to their technical training, candidates should possess a strong interest in international relations and the challenges of applying and controlling technology in building a peaceful and sustainable world.


AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships — The American Association for the Advancement of Science manages and administers Science & Technology Policy Fellowships in six areas: Congress; Diplomacy; National Defense and Global Security; Health, Education and Human Services; Energy, Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources; and, Global Stewardship. The AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships provide an excellent opportunity for accomplished scientists and engineers to participate in and contribute to the federal policymaking process while learning firsthand about the intersection of science and policy.

* The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program — The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program within the National Academies’ Policy and Global Affairs Divisionis designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analytical process that informs the creation of national policy-making with a science/technology element. As a result, students develop basic skills essential to working in the world of science policy.

* Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF) — The PMF Program provides an excellent opportunity for men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have an interest in, and commitment to, public service and to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and government programs.  The PMF Program, administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), is a two-year paid fellowship which includes 160 hours of formal classroom training and a mandatory four to six month developmental assignment plus optional rotations of one to six months.  PMF fellows work at over 80 federal agencies and engage with current and future government leaders in solving domestic and international issues in a wide range of areas, including science and technology.  Graduate students from all academic disciplines who expect to complete an advanced degree (master’s, law, or doctoral-level degree) from a qualifying college or university during the current academic year are eligible to be nominated for the PMF by their schools.

* IEEE Government FellowshipsIEEE-USA sponsors Fellowships for qualified IEEE members to spend a year in Washington serving as advisers to the U.S. Congress and to key Executive Branch decision-makers.

* Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship — This fellowship program, co-sponsored by the The American Society of Human Genetics and The National Human Genome Research Institute, is designed for genetics professionals with an advanced degree who are early in their careers and interested in the development and implementation of genetics health and research policies at the national level. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in policy analysis at the NHGRI and the ASHG and to work directly with the U.S. Congress.

U.S. Department of Commerce ComSci Fellowship Program — The U.S. Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellowship (ComSci) Program provides career, senior level employees of the Executive Branch with an opportunity to study national and international issues relating to the development, application, and management of science and technology policy.  Applicants to this program must be career Federal Government employees of the Executive Branch and must be nominated by the federal agency for which they work.

* U.S. Department of State Jefferson Science Fellows Program — The Jefferson Science Fellows program brings several experienced, tenured research-active scientists and engineers from the American academic community into the U.S. Department of State for one year. They are given assignments either in the Department headquarters in Washington, D.C., or at U.S. Missions abroad. Jefferson Science Fellows return to their academic careers following their Department of State assignments but remain available to the U.S. government as expert consultants for short-term projects over the following 5 years. Successful candidates are selected on the basis of their scientific achievements, articulation and communication skills, and their interest in science policy issues.

* Hellman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy — The Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy is provided by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences ss part of its Initiative for Science, Engineering, and Technology. The fellowship is intended for an early-career professional with training in science or engineering who is interested in transitioning to a career in public policy and administration. While in residence, the Hellman Fellow will work with senior scientists and policy experts on critical national and international policy issues related to science, engineering, and technology.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. in an area of science or engineering and have some experience or a demonstrated interest in an area related to science and technology policy.

* National Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program — The Knauss fellowship, established in 1979, provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. The program is named in honor of one of Sea Grant’s founders, former NOAA Administrator, John A. Knauss.

* The Google Policy Fellowship program — The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests. Google fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more.

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