Fellowships & Internships

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal policymaking process. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government in Washington. Each year, the program adds to a growing corps over 3,000 strong of policy-savvy leaders working across academia, government, nonprofits, and industry to serve the nation and the world.

Reach out to former SciPol President Kayla Davis (2021-2022 AAAS fellow) with questions regarding application process: kaylajanaedavis@gmail.com 

American Academy of Arts and Sciences: The Academy sponsors four fellowship programs: the Visiting Scholars Program for the humanities and social sciences, the Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy, a Policy Fellowship in the Humanities, the Arts, and American Institutions, and a Morton L. Mandel Presidential Fellowship.

American Institute of Biological Sciences Graduate Fellowship Policy Fellowships: As part of its focus on engaging scientists in the public policy process, AIBS has established the Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. The award recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences and science education who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in science policy. EPPLA recipients receive first-hand experience at the interface of science and public policy.

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 19th year, provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship offers PhD-level scientists and engineers the opportunity to apply their scientific training and expertise to the development and implementation of relevant state policy. Fellows will apply their advanced technical training in service to the state of New Jersey and will work with participating New Jersey state legislative and executive branch offices. 

Health Policy Research Scholars is a leadership development opportunity for second-year full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds—students whose ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and other factors allow them to bring unique and diverse perspectives to their research. They want to apply their research to advance health and equity, and their innovation helps build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

The IDA Summer Associates Program provides students with a unique opportunity to use their quantitative and analytic skills to work on challenging real-world national security issues. Each year, IDA hires and pays students at its Virginia and Washington, DC, facilities to work for approximately 10-12 weeks during the summer months.

The MOST Policy Fellows Program trains postdoctoral scientists from diverse research backgrounds to be nonpartisan science advisors to the legislative and executive branches of state government in Missouri. Legislative Policy Fellows serve as full-time nonpartisan science policy researchers for the Missouri General Assembly. Executive Policy Fellows will be placed with state agencies to improve the use of data in program design and implementation. We are looking forward to welcoming our third cohort of MOST Policy Fellows in September 2022. Applications for the 2022-23 class of MOST Policy Fellows are currently open until 5pm CT on March 15, 2022.

Petrie-Flom Center Student Fellowship at Harvard Law School: The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics is an interdisciplinary research program at Harvard Law School dedicated to the scholarly research of important issues at the intersection of law and health policy, including issues of health care financing and market regulation, biotechnology and intellectual property, biomedical research, and bioethics. The Student Fellowship Program is designed to support closely-mentored student research in these areas.

The Potomac Institute Internship Program (for undergraduate, graduate, or recently graduated students) hosts interns with a variety of academic backgrounds that relate to the science, technology, and national security missions of the Institute.  The Institute strives to provide a versatile experience for each internship participant.  Each intern will work with the Intern Coordinator to identify an independent research project that falls within the Potomac Institute's mission.  Interns can and will be encouraged to draw upon expertise for their research projects from the staff of the different academic centers, Senior Fellows and/or staff within program divisions at PIPS.  Some unique qualities of the program are policy research, school credits, seminars and conferences, publication acknowledgements, and networking.

Presidential Management Fellows Program:  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.

Union of Concerned Scientists Internship Program: Want interesting work that matters? Consider a UCS internship! Are you looking for an opportunity to earn money, gain useful and meaningful work experience, AND make a difference?Would you like to work with people who are passionate about what they do, really smart, know how to get things done, AND are supportive colleagues? Consider applying for one of our internships! We value our interns as staff members and colleagues. UCS offers only paid internships.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Internship: OSTP supports and coordinates the Administration’s Science and Technology priorities. Ideal Policy intern candidates have a passion for science and technology, possess strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work well on short deadlines while handling several projects, and a willingness to support outreach events and communications. A degree in engineering or science is preferred.

Wilson Center: Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of expertise, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff. The Center accepts non-advocacy, policy-relevant, fellowship proposals that address key policy challenges facing the United States and the world.


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