Several opportunities are available for persons interested in the intersection of science and policy in Washington, D.C.
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship.
Congressional fellows spend one year in Washington, D.C., working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or in a congressional committee. The fellowship represents a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the federal legislative process and make practical contributions to the effective and timely use of geoscientific knowledge on issues relating to the environment, resources, natural hazards, and federal science policy. The application deadline is February 1, 2013. For more information, or to apply, go to AGIs website, http://www.agiweb.org/gap/csf/index.html.
Several of AGI’s member societies also sponsor congressional science fellowships. For further information, contact the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, or the Soil Science Society of America. AAAS, AIP, ASCE, AMS and other related societies offer similar fellowships for Congress and AAAS offers fellowships for the executive branch. It is acceptable to apply to more than one society in a given year. Stipends, application procedures, eligibility, timetables, and deadlines vary.
AGI’s 2013 AIPG/AGI Summer Internship Application Due March 15
AGI Geoscience Policy 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. Stipends for the interns are generously supported by AGI, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the American Institute of Professional Geologists Foundation.
Deadlines for online submission of applications are March 15 for summer, April 15 for fall and October 15, 2013 for spring 2014.
The American Geophysical Union, the Soil Science Society of America, the American Institute of Physics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society offer similar internships that may be of interest to geoscience students. Please visit their web sites or contact AGI at bonner at agiweb.org for more information.