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Undergraduate Only

Science News Writing Internship
For those in their senior year of undergrad or recently graduated
Science Magazine, the largest circulating weekly of basic research — founded in 1880 by Thomas Alva Edison and published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) — is offering an internship program for news writers. Science accepts applications for two 6-month periods: a winter-spring internship from January through June (deadline, September 15; selection, by mid-October) and a summer-fall internship from July through December (deadline, March 1; selection, by mid-April).

Science Web Editorial Internship
For those in their senior year of undergrad or recently graduated
Science, the world’s largest-circulation journal of general scientific research, news, and commentary, has an opening for an intern to assist the Web editorial team for the site. This full-time position runs for six months and is based at our headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. The internship is expected to pay $14.00 to $16.00 an hour, depending on skills and qualifications.

The AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Pitts Family Foundation is proud to offer a summer internship program for minority students interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing. Experience what it’s like to cover the scientific and technological issues that shape our global community.

Governmental Relations Internship
The Office of Government Relations conducts an integrated program of activities designed to provide timely, objective information to Members of Congress and their staff on current science and technology issues.

Association of American Universities Internships
The Association of American Universities (AAU) offers two unpaid internships with a focus on science and higher education policy for college undergraduates in the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Students interested in an AAU internship for Spring 2015 are invited to submit a resume, a letter of interest, and a writing sample by Friday, November 7, 2014.

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Internship
Mail a resume and cover letter to the below address, “c/o Internship Program”
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
2321 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-6371
Fax: 202-226-0113

Geoscience Policy Internship
Be a Geoscience Policy Intern with the American Geosciences Institute! The Geoscience Policy Program represents the geoscience community in Washington DC, and actively works with Congress and federal agencies to foster sound public policy in areas that affect geoscientists, including water, energy, and mineral resources; geologic hazards, environmental protection, and federal funding for geoscience research and education.

Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House
The Science Division focuses on maintaining a broad Federal research program that advances the frontiers of knowledge and supports critical national goals through a strong link to education. The division leads the White House effort to ensure that the United States maintains global leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research. It also ensures that science continues to provide support for the successful resolution of some of the most important problems in the areas of health, agriculture, the economy, energy, social wellbeing, education, and national security. The Science Division is looking for interns with strong verbal and written communication skills, experience in research and presentation, and working knowledge of basic computer applications. A degree in one of the sciences (physics, biology, chemistry, social or behavioral sciences, etc.) is preferred.

University of California Washington Center Science Policy Internship
The University of California center in Washington D.C. (UCDC) has established a Science Policy Internship Program (SPIP). Students enrolled in science, engineering, and mathematics majors are encouraged to apply to SPIP to experience how scientists and engineers play in an important role in national policymaking, government regulation, and other activities at the interface of science and public policy. Internships can be performed at a variety of organizations including the American Chemical Society, Environmental Protection Agency, Health and Human Services Administration, and many others (see list below.)

Young Scientists Summer Program
IIASA’s annual 3-month Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) offers research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests correspond with IIASA’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic and social change. From June through August accepted participants work within the Institute’s Research Programs under the guidance of IIASA scientific staff.

Mathematica Policy Research
We currently have openings in the Survey Operations Centers for Research Project Assistants to work on important national studies in areas such as health care, education, disability, nutrition, and other related topics.

Quality Education for Minorities Summer Program
Must have completed their Sophomore year
Science Policy focused interns will work at the National Science Foundation under the guidance of NSF program officers and staff involved in implementing science policies and in managing STEM-focused programs. The internship is designed to increase the students’ understanding of how science policy is made as well as to further develop their potential for becoming leaders and proponents for increasing the number of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities who pursue degrees and careers in science and engineering. Science policy interns will work at NSF on computer- and library/archive-based research projects assigned by their mentors. They also will be responsible for completing an individual development plan (IDP) and for writing midterm and final reports that provide updates on their accomplishments to date as well as their impressions of the internship experience.

Brookings Institute 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.

Undergraduate, Graduate Students, and Postdocs

Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy
Graduate students with undergraduate studies in science field preferred, but others are invited to apply as well.
The Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy seeks interns interested in the field of science and security policy. CSTSP activities include international arms control and nonproliferation, laboratory or facility safety and security, research ethics, cooperative bioengagement, domestic biosecurity issues. Topics CSTSP cover include nuclear, bio, chemical, cyber, space, energy, and environmental security. Regions or countries in which CSTSP works include the Middle East, North Africa, and Uzbekistan.
CSTSP internships offer graduate and undergraduate students a unique opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience in national and international security, particularly as it relates to science. The duration of the internship is four to six months long, depending on availability. Scheduling is flexible, but an intern is expected to work at least 25 hours per week.

Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship
As part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding, the Space Studies Board (SSB) has expanded the scope of the Space Policy Intern program it has operated since 1992 by initiating the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships. The goal of the 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 SSB. The Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships are offered twice annually.

Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights, and Law Program
The Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program addresses ethical, legal and human rights issues related to the conduct and application of science and technology. The Program has a long-standing commitment to providing substantive internship opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs from all fields of science and engineering, as well as law students.

Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion

Research! America Science Policy Internship

Google Policy Fellowship
The Google Policy Fellowship program was inspired by Google’s Summer of Code with a public policy twist. 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.

NSF Summer Scholars Program
For Undergrads and Graduate students
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.

Science and Technology Policy Institute
Recent college and masters graduates
STPI provides analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other federal departments and agencies on science, technology, and innovation policy issues. The STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program provides recent bachelor’s or master’s degree recipients a unique opportunity to use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on a diverse set of challenges in science and technology (S&T) policy areas, including energy and the environment, space sciences, innovation and competitiveness, evaluation, life sciences, information technologies, national security, and STEM education.

AIP Mather Public Policy Internship
The John and Jane Mather Foundation for Science and the Arts and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) have created the Mather Policy Intern Program, an endowed program that sends two undergraduate physics majors to Washington, DC, each summer where they will spend their break working in Congress or in other government offices where policy is formulated. AIP administers the program through two of its units, the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and the Media and Government Relations (MGR) division.

Internship at NASA’s Goddard
For High school students, Undergrads, and Graduate students
The center’s internship opportunities are designed to provide high school, undergraduate and graduate students with experiences that motivate and prepare them for careers aligned with Goddard and its industry and university partners. Goddard Space Flight Center includes the Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Va.; Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, N.Y.; and the Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, W.Va.

Graduate Students and Postdocs Only

AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship in Geoscience Communication
For those who are completing a Masters program
The American Geosciences Institute is accepting applications for the AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship in Geoscience Communication. The successful candidate will play a leading role in AGI’s Critical Issues program, a new initiative to make relevant geoscience information more accessible to decision makers at all levels. The program is supported through AGI’s Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding.

Regional Advisor on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the UN
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, development studies, engineering, or related field. Ph.D in economics, development studies, engineering, or related field is desirable. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote regional cooperation for inclusive economic and social development in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

Breakthrough Generation Fellowship
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.

Presidential Management Fellows Program
For Advanced Degree candidates
Bearing the Presidential moniker, the PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is really designed with a more narrow focus - developing a cadre of potential government leaders. It provides some sustenance during the first years of employment and encourages development of leadership capabilities. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government.

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Fellowship
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs 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.
Belfer Center fellows research a wide variety of topics, ranging from security issues such as nuclear proliferation and terrorism, to climate change and energy policy. Recent fellows have come from countries as diverse as Pakistan, Russia, Korea, Iran, Israel, India and China, and from professions including academia, business, government and the media.

Postdocs Only

The APS/AIP Science and Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship at the US Department of Education

The Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) in the Department of Education (ED) is considering a fellowship position for a Ph.D. level scientist interested in working on a variety of policy initiatives and research projects. OII is responsible for the coordination and development of major policy initiatives and the Department’s annual budget request, working in close collaboration with staff across the Department, with the White House, with Congress, and with external stakeholders to craft policies that will best realize the President’s goals of closing the achievement gap and making the United States first in the world in college completion by 2020. The fellowship is for one year, with a possible renewal for a second year.
Fellows may be asked to:
  • Conduct research analysis and develop metrics to assess the impact of various Department initiatives, and to explore emerging Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) issues in P-12 education, higher education, career and technical/vocational/adult education, or STEM teacher preparation and support.
  • Identify and build-out new ways for the Department to deepen its impact in the STEM fields, including partnerships with other federal agencies, state and local governments and the private sector.
  • Coordinate inter-agency efforts to achieve the Department’s policy goals as defined by the Committee on STEM Education 5-year Federal Strategic Plan.
  • Develop policy priorities for newly proposed programs such as the STEM Innovation Networks. Perform legislative research and attend Congressional hearings, briefings, and other events on the Department’s behalf.
Criteria for Participation
  • Hold a doctoral level degree (Ph.D.) in a field of Physics (e.g. Theoretical or Experimental Physics, Physics Education Research, Biophysics, or any of the other physical sciences represented by the AIP Member Societies) with a preference for Physics Education Research. *Note:* Ideally, all requirements for the degree would be completed prior to August 2015
  • Have solid scientific and technical credentials and the endorsement of three references.
  • Show a commitment to serve society.
  • Exhibit outstanding communications skills and demonstrated ability to craft policy papers, decision memos, talking points and program proposals on complex education issues for diverse audiences, including non-scientific audiences.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work with a wide range of individuals and offices at the Department and ability to be effective in large bureaucracies.
  • Possess the ability to operate and execute with limited guidance and in ambiguous or novel circumstances; and ability to appropriately and effectively use informal authority when leading teams or projects.
  • Hold U.S. citizenship (dual citizenship is acceptable).
  • Federal employees are not eligible.
  • Candidates should have familiarity with education policy and the challenges of teaching STEM in the P-16 classroom.
To begin the application process, send the following to Tyler Glembo
<>. *Application deadline is April 5 at 12:00a.m. EST
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

AIP Congressional Science Fellowship Program

The American Institute of Physics, in partnership with the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), annually sponsors one scientist to spend a year providing analytical expertise and scientific advice to Congress. The program enables scientists to broaden their experience through direct involvement with the legislative and policy processes.

Optical Society of America Congressional Fellow

OSA hosts two Congressional Fellows per year, one jointly with SPIE and another with the Materials Research Society (MRS). The Congressional Fellowship program is a unique opportunity for scientists and engineers to gain experience in public policy and help influence decision makers. The fellowships are designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience, demonstrate the value of science-government interaction and bring technical backgrounds and external perspectives to the decision-making process in Congress.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 Congressional Fellowships. Congressional Fellows spend one year in Washington, D.C., working as special legislative assistants on the staff of a member of Congress or Congressional Committee. The Congressional Fellowships last one year beginning in September 2015.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. by September 1, 2015 to be eligible; mid- and late-career applicants are encouraged to apply as well. A competitive salary and a health insurance/travel stipend are provided.

We encourage you to consider applying for these fellowships or to pass this information along to a colleague whom you think would be interested. Many professionals who are currently employed in academia or industry have been successful in gaining sponsorship from their employers in which the fellowship stipend is exchanged for their current salary and benefits support.

Application deadline for the 2015-2016 Congressional Fellowships is Friday, January 2, 2015.

California Council on 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. These professional development opportunities enable fellows to work hands on with policy-makers to develop solutions to complex scientific and technical issues facing California through their interaction with the legislative process. 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. Fellows are placed, for one year, to serve as staff members in various offices of the California State Legislature.

With increasingly complex science and technological issues facing society today, the effective interface of science and public policy is becoming ever more important. Building on the successful and highly acclaimed national model of the Science and Technology Policy Fellowships offered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the federal public policy arena, the CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowships create a similar interface in the California Legislature. The fellows learn the intricacies of the California legislative process, by becoming a trusted member of the legislative team. Fellows provide legislators and their staffs with clear and unbiased advice, answers to technical questions, and clarification of policy options for issues with science and technology related attributes, while conducting the work of a staffer.

National Academies Christine Mirazayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship
The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 17th year, provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

Each year, applicants from around the world become part of a National Academies' committee, board, or unit where they are assigned to a mentor and learn about the world of science and technology policy. An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows’ appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.

IEEE-USA Government Fellowship

Each year, IEEE-USA sponsors government fellowships for qualified IEEE members. The fellows — chosen by the IEEE-USA Government Fellows Committee and confirmed by the Board — spend a year in Washington serving as advisers to the U.S. Congress and to key U.S. Department of State or U.S. Agency for International Development decision-makers. Known as Congressional Fellowships, Engineering & Diplomacy Fellowships, or Engineering & International Development Fellowships, this program links science, technology and engineering professionals with government, and provides a mechanism for IEEE's U.S. members to learn firsthand about the public policy process while imparting their knowledge and experience to policymakers.

Jefferson Science Fellowship
Must be hold a position as a scientist at a university

The contribution of state-of-the-art science, technology, and engineering (STE) to the formulation and implementation of U.S. government policy, both domestic and foreign, has been recognized throughout the second half of the 20th-century as a critical element in reaching sound, comprehensive conclusions that reflect “good governance.” Without an accurate, timely understanding of rapidly advancing STE issues, it is increasingly difficult to identify and establish sound governmental policy that effectively meets the needs of modern societies. The articulation of “accurate science for statecraft” to policy makers has become an essential element in establishing effective international relationships in the 21st century.

Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy

Hellman Fellows contribute to one or more of the ongoing projects under the Academy’s Initiative for Science, Engineering, and Technology. The studies explore how science and technology are evolving, how to help the public understand those changes, and how society can better adapt to those changes. The Initiative convenes leading scientists and public policy experts from both academia and industry to advance critical thinking about the evolving landscape for scientific research.

Grant Opportunities

Public Outreach and Informing the Public Grants from APS
APS will award several grants to APS members to encourage new outreach activities. Programs to be funded may include not only the more traditional K-12 outreach but also engaging the general public with/in physics and informing them about the importance of physics in their daily lives.

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