1 November 2012
AGU Science Policy Alert 12-44
Are you interested in using your science skills to work on problems of public importance? Then apply for anAGU Congressional Science Fellowship. The fellowship is an opportunity to directly influence high priority public policy issues such as natural hazards mitigation, mineral and energy resources, air and water quality, and federal support for basic research.
Following an intensive two week course on politics and the legislative process run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, congressional fellows work as staff members in the offices of a senator, representative, or congressional committee. As staff members, their duties may include writing legislation, advising on votes, organizing congressional hearings, meeting with lobbyists and constituents, and conducting legislative research, among other tasks.
Because fellows work on a wide range of issues with people from diverse professional backgrounds, applicants should have a broad scientific background and excellent communication skills. Training or experience in public policy is not necessary, but potential fellows should have a demonstrated interest in applying science to solve problems confronting the United States. The fellowship has no absolute restriction on age, educational or career level, or specific scientific background, but you must be an AGU member to apply.
Applications open today and are due by 1 February 2013. Visit AGU’s Congressional Science Fellowshippage to learn more about the program, previous fellows, and how to apply!