Here we post new and exciting opportunities in science policy and more! This includes: fellowships, internships, conferences, and more.


AAAS Science and technology policy fellowship

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) 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. 

Gain hands-on policy experience in a challenging assignment. Become a member of an influential network of fellows. Receive a stipend of $80-105,000 per year, along with other support including reimbursement for health care insurance. Develop new skills. Experience life in the nation’s capital. Lead. Get published.

Application Deadline: November 1 by 11:59 ET (repeats annually)


Office of science and technology policy internship

Serving as an OSTP Intern provides a unique opportunity to work closely with senior White House officials and science and technology staff in OSTP’s policy divisions (policy internship) or on OSTP’s legal team (legal internship).

Ideal candidates have a passion for science and technology, strong research and writing skills, the ability to work while prioritizing several projects at once, a willingness to support outreach events and OSTP’s communications team (students interested in Communications or Public Affairs should inquire about opportunities to work primarily with OSTP’s communications team), and a desire for public service. Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and academic programs. Any student, including law students, may apply for a policy internship.

Note*: Unique Opportunity for Law Students

Law students and LLM students who serve as Legal Interns with OSTP have a unique opportunity to gather insights into the practice of law at the highest levels of the U.S. Government. OSTP Legal Interns work under the supervision of OSTP’s General Counsel and other supervising attorneys. Legal Interns gain diverse experience working on a wide range of challenging substantive matters, including employment, appropriations, fiscal law, government contracts, ethics, information disclosure, international agreements, litigation, and legislative affairs. Legal internships are open ONLY to students enrolled in law school or an LLM program.

Application Deadline:

Spring Semester (January – April): October 20, 2018

Fall Semester (September – December): June 1, 2019

Summer Semester (May – August): February 1, 2019


Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy

As part of the Academy’s Initiative for Science, Engineering, and Technology, the Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy provides an opportunity for an early-career professional with training in science or engineering to learn about a career in public policy and administration. While in residence, Hellman Fellows work with senior scientists and policy experts on critical national and international policy issues related to science, engineering, and technology.

Hellman Fellows contribute to new and 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.

Application Deadline: January 7, 2019 (repeats annually)


ACS Public Policy Fellowship (Chemistry)

ACS has two types of Public Policy Fellowship programs: the Science Policy Fellowship and the Congressional Fellowship. Please see Fellowship Programs for more information.

Science and technology are increasingly important in public policy. From environmental sustainability to homeland security, policy-makers routinely make decisions that require input from and have impact on the chemical community. Yet only five percent of the members of Congress have backgrounds in science and engineering, and scientists often lack the opportunity and expertise to successfully engage in the policy process.

The ACS Congressional and Science Policy Fellowship Programs are designed to address both these concerns. The programs provide a unique opportunity for ACS members to gain practical experience and insights into public policy by working on Capitol Hill or at ACS in Washington, DC.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2019 (repeats annually)

John Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship (astronomy)

The John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship was created in 2006, in collaboration with Neta Bahcall, to provide an opportunity for early-career astronomers to gain experience in the world of science policy and to augment the advocacy programs of the society. The Bahcall Fellowship is currently a one-year postdoctoral level appointment, renewable for a second year.

The Fellow works in partnership with the Director of Public Policy to coordinate the public policy activities of the American Astronomical Society.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2019 (repeats annually)

CASE Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program

Vision: Provide high quality science and technology resources to inform public policy

Mission: Provide opportunities for Fellows and policymakers to learn from each other for the purpose of ensuring that science and technology are considered in the development of related policy and legislation.

This opportunity comes and goes as needs arise. Please check back regularly for updated opportunities.

Application Deadline: TBD

Congressional Science Fellowships (Physics)

Public policy increasingly is determined by technical considerations. A perusal of the daily press — from page one through the health and business sections — illustrates that science is a major component of many issues with which Congress must grapple: global warming, energy policy, defense technologies, AIDS, pollution, communications technologies, and many, many more.

It is the aim of the American Physical Society and American Institute of Physics in sponsoring these fellowships to provide a public service by making available individuals with scientific knowledge and skills to Members of Congress, few of whom have a technical background. In turn, the program enables scientists to broaden their experience through direct involvement with the legislative and political processes. Fellows gain a perspective which, ideally, will enhance not only their own careers but also the physics community's ability to more effectively communicate with its representatives in Congress. Today's budget climate makes this ability of increasing importance as shrinking resources force hard choices between worthy projects.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2019 (repeats annually)

CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship

The California Council on Science & Technology (CCST) Science & Technology Policy Fellows Program places ten PhD-level scientists annually in the California legislature for one-year appointments. Fellows work hands-on with policymakers addressing complex scientific and technical issues as well as assuming other responsibilities of full-time legislative staffers.

By embedding PhD-level scientists directly in the California state legislature the CCST Fellows Program helps inform policy discussions with scientific perspectives and expertise.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2019 (repeats annually)

Ohio LSC Legislative Fellowship Program

The Ohio General Assembly, through the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC), has sponsored a legislative fellowship program for over 50 years. The LSC sponsors 23 - 24 paid thirteen-month legislative fellowship positions designed to provide college graduates with practical experience in the legislative process. This experience often leads to permanent employment opportunities in the legislature, state government, or related areas.

Traditionally, 20 fellows are assigned to work with the majority or minority party caucus in either the House or the Senate, with additional fellows being placed with the LSC research and fiscal staff and Ohio Government Telecommunications (OGT)/The Ohio Channel. Fellows assigned to a caucus normally engage in research, constituent services, writing speeches and news releases, and related administrative work. Fellows that work directly with the LSC staff draft legislation, perform legal or fiscal research, monitor sessions of the General Assembly, and attend committee meetings. The fellows assigned to OGT work as production assistants, where they assist in televising legislative sessions and in the production of public service communications.

Application Deadline: April 2, 2019 (repeats annually)

STPI Science Policy Fellowship

IDA’s two-year Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) Fellowship provides recent bachelor’s degree recipients with 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. Fellows will be involved in collaborative research for leaders in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President and other Federal Government organizations, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Undergraduate and Masters’ Students Only

Application Deadline: January 15, 2019 (repeats annually)


The demands on Congress to establish sound public policy on scientific issues have never been greater, the effects of which are far-reaching. In response to these congressional needs, AGU is pleased to have sponsored a Congressional Science Fellowship for forty years. The Fellowship program enables more effective use of scientific knowledge in government and provides a unique experience to scientists seeking careers involving public use of technical information. The Congressional Science Fellowship program places highly qualified, accomplished scientists, engineers, and other professionals in the offices of either an individual member of Congress or on a committee for a one-year assignment. The AGU Congressional Fellow will have the opportunity to make significant contributions to public policy during their time working with Congress. Past Fellows have been directly involved in water policy, climate research, energy conservation, and a range of other issues that are of high priority to society.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2019 (repeats annually)