The American Geological Institute has several geoscience and public policy opportunities currently available:

The next deadline to apply for AGI Geoscience & Public Policy Internships is March 15, 2011. AGI’s 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. Stipends for the interns are generously supported by AGI, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the American Institute of Professional Geologists Foundation.

AGI’s Government Affairs Program is looking for a Policy Associate. The American Geological Institute seeks a government affairs staff member. Major duties and responsibilities include: monitoring and analyzing appropriations bills, legislation and policy developments on geosciences-related issues, updating information on the website, handling logistics for fly-ins as well as internship and fellowship programs, and fostering information flow between the geosciences community and policy makers. The preferred candidate will have exceptional communication and organizational skills; experience in public policy (especially with the federal government and the U.S. Congress); a science education (especially in a field of the geosciences); and familiarity with web publishing.

The deadline to apply for the 2011-2012 William L. Fisher Congressional Science Fellowship is February 1, 2011. The fellowship, named for AAPG past-president Bill Fisher, is open to those with a Masters degree and 3 years of post-degree work experience or a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. The successful candidate will spend 12 months (starting September 2011) in Washington working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or 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.

Information provided courtesy of:
David Curtiss
Director of AAPG Geoscience and Energy Office – Washington, D.C.
Check out the GEO-DC blog.

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