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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY POLICY

Last updated 11/16/14 (If you have an internship you would like to be featured please contact us at beyondsputnik@science-policy.net)

Internships opportunities:

AAAS Internship Opportunities -- The 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 Internship 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. 

AIBS Graduate Student Policy Internship -- The AIBS Public Policy Office, located in downtown Washington, DC, periodically offers paid and unpaid science policy internships for current and recent graduate students in the biological sciences. This unique public policy training opportunity provides young scientists with valuable first-hand experience in public policy. Past interns have worked on science policy projects including planning a Capitol Hill science policy briefing, preparing science policy documents, conducting research on science and science education policy initiatives, and attending Congressional and executive branch meetings. AIBS also offers an Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. Winners of this award will receive an expense paid trip to Washington, DC to participate in meetings with their congressional delegation, training and information on the federal budget and appropriations process, a one-year AIBS membership, a complimentary one-year subscription to BioScience, and a copy of Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media.

American Geological Institute Policy Internship -- The American Geological Institute (AGI)  Government Affairs Program offers fall, spring  and summer 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.

APLU Congressional and Governmental Affairs Internship -- The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization representing more than 234 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and related organizations. Founded in 1887, APLU is the nation's oldest higher education association with member institutions in all 50 states. An APLU internship is fa unique educational experience for students considering a career in higher education, government relations, technology & innovation policy or science policy. Students with a wide variety of majors have benefited from this internship. Interns will participate in a number of activities, such as attending and reporting on Congressional hearings and federal agency briefings, carrying out research projects, interacting with other members of the higher education community, and other projects and efforts as necessary.
Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome.

Human Genome Institute Internship and Fellowship -- Human Genome Institute lists fellowships and internships for which geneticists and genomicists may be eligible.

Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship -- 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.

MIT Washington Office Internship -- Working with the Senior Legislative Assistant, interns assist MIT staff by playing an active role in national policy debates of relevance to research universities. Specifically, the intern is responsible for producing substantive written assignments that encompass work on current and emerging legislation, congressional testimony, congressional committee hearings, Executive branch directives and agency actions, especially in regard to regulations and new initiatives. Interns are an integral part of the office team and actively interact with Congressional offices, higher education associations, science societies, other university government relations representatives, and federal agency staff. Opportunities for individual initiative are provided and office tasks are kept to a minimum.

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.

NIH Internship Opportunities in Federal Technology Transfer -- The NIH Office of Technology Transfer(OTT) has internship opportunities available. OTT is responsible for patenting, marketing, and licensing technologies resulting from basic research done at NIH and FDA. Our industry partners license these basic inventions and commercialize them for the benefit of the general public. Interns will work with OTT staff in the areas of patenting, marketing, licensing, IT and technology transfer policy in pursuit of these goals. Internships are generally limited to part-time(1-2 days per week) and a maximum of 6 months. Variations may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

NSF Summer Scholars Internship Program -- The 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.

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Science & Technology Policy Internship -- 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

Research!America Science Policy Internship -- 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.

Center for American Progress Science Progress Internship -- 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.

Society of Physics Student Internship Program -- Through the SPS summer internship program, physics undergraduates are placed in organizations that utilize their knowledge, experience and energy to advance meaningful assignments relevant to the organization and the advancement of physics more generally. Participating organizations assign one or more mentors from their senior staff to guide each intern’s work and overall experience. The SPS national office administers the program, hosts joint orientation and concluding sessions, and holds many group activities throughout the summer.

US. House Science, Space and Technology Committee Internship -- 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 resume 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 here.

Washington Internship 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.

Wilson Center Science and Technology Innovation Program Internship -- The Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is currently seeking interns for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The mission of STIP is to explore the scientific and technological frontier, stimulating discovery and bringing new tools to bear on public policy challenges that emerge as science advances. We work across a range of issues from emerging technology foresight and governance to ethics, strategic planning to risk management, technology assessment to regulatory reinvention, both domestically and internationally.

White House Office of Science & Technology Policy Internship -- The mission of the Office of Science and Technology Policy is threefold; first, to provide the President and his senior staff with accurate, relevant, and timely scientific and technical advice on all matters of consequence; second, to ensure that the policies of the Executive Branch are informed by sound science; and third, to ensure that the scientific and technical work of the Executive Branch is properly coordinated so as to provide the greatest benefit to society. OSTP offers policy and legal internships for fall, spring and summer terms with each term lasting no more than 90 days. These positions are unpaid, however, students may be eligible to receive academic credit from their college or university. To defray the cost of commuting to OSTP, interns may also receive a public transit subsidy. Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and programs, including law school programs. Legal internships, however, are only open to law and LLM students.

Fellowship opportunities: 

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.

AIBS Member Society Graduate Student Science Policy Fellowship
- The program offers current graduate students pursuing a degree in the biological sciences the chance to spend three to six months in AIBS's Public Policy Office, located in downtown Washington, DC. During this period, the Fellow gains first-hand science policy experience while working on a science policy project that advances the goals of the sponsoring member society.

Breakthrough Institute Generation Fellows Program -- Every summer from June to August, Generation offers a small number of paid, highly competitive, ten-week fellowships to recent college graduates and postgraduates from around the world. The first two weeks are dedicated to Breakthrough Bootcamp, an intellectual crash course involving intensive reading, writing, and an expert lecture series designed to provide a grounding in the broad-spectrum thinking that informs Breakthrough's policy agenda. Topics covered include modernization theory, social psychology, aspirational politics and philosophy, economics and innovation policy, and technology policy.

Brookings Institution Center for Technology Innovation -- The Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings focuses on delivering research  in the arena of U.S. and global technology innovation. The CTI's research centers on identifying and analyzing key developments to increase innovation; developing and publicizing best practices to relevant stakeholders; briefing policymakers about actions needed to improve innovation; and enhancing the public and media’s understanding of technology innovation. 

California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship -- Offered by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), the CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowships place professional scientists and engineers in the California State Legislature for one-year appointments. The fellowships are ideal for qualified applicants who are interested in improving the interface between science and legislative decision-making and who want to learn the public policy decision-making process.

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 Division is 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.

IEEE Government Fellowships -- IEEE-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.

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. 

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. Secretary of State Jefferson Science Fellowship -- 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. The JSF program is administered by the National Academies and supported through a partnership between the U.S. academic community, professional scientific societies, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Fellows 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.

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.

Harvard Belfer Center Fellowship -- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University offers research fellowships during the academic year to individuals who wish to devote their time to research and writing in the fields of science and international affairs. Fellows are selected by the Center's major research programs and are expected to work collaboratively with other Center researchers, as well as on their own projects. The Belfer Center Fellowship Program is known for its selectivity and the high quality of its participants.