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The McClure Center values its role in expanding opportunities to get involved in public policy for students — from undergraduates to postdoctoral. The Center also values its role in connecting faculty to opportunities that relate their research to public policy. One way to do this is by linking students and faculty on sabbatical to internships, jobs and research opportunities.

Deadline: Aug. 1, 2020
Fall Internship, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center)
The Science and Technology Innovation Program welcomes applicants for academic calendar internships. STIP focuses on understanding bottom-up, public innovation; top-down, policy innovation; and, on supporting responsible and equitable practices at the point where new technology and existing political, social, and cultural processes converge. We recommend exploring our blog and website first to determine if your research interests align with current STIP programming. We offer two types of internships: research (open to law and graduate students only) and a social media and blogging internship (open to undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students). Non-degree seeking students are ineligible. All internships must be served in Washington, D.C. and cannot be done remotely.
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Deadline: As soon as possible
Multiple internships, Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)
EESI is a not-for-profit organization established in 1984 by a bipartisan Congressional caucus to provide timely, credible information for policymakers and influential stakeholders, and promote innovative environmental and energy solutions. EESI internships offer invaluable career benefits and opportunities and may also be used for undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate credit. EESI recruits interns throughout the year on a rotating basis. Internship start and end dates are flexible. Internships require a commitment of 25-40 hours per week for a minimum of 10-12 weeks. 
Please click on the internships listed below for more information:

Deadline: Rolling
Fellowships and grants, University of Idaho Office of Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research offers a variety of competitive funding resources, including research grants, summer-specific funding and travel grants. 
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Deadline: Aug. 1, 2020
Fall Internship, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center)
The Science and Technology Innovation Program welcomes applicants for academic calendar internships. STIP focuses on understanding bottom-up, public innovation; top-down, policy innovation; and, on supporting responsible and equitable practices at the point where new technology and existing political, social, and cultural processes converge. We recommend exploring our blog and website first to determine if your research interests align with current STIP programming. We offer two types of internships: research (open to law and graduate students only) and a social media and blogging internship (open to undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students). Non-degree seeking students are ineligible. All internships must be served in Washington, D.C. and cannot be done remotely.
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Deadline: Sept. 14, 2020
Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Now in its 22nd year, this fellowship is a full-time hands-on training and educational program that provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, D.C. learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. Each year, applicants from around the world become part of an Academies' unit where they are assigned to a mentor and learn about the world of science and technology policy. An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows' appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind. Alumni of the program hold positions in Congressional committees such as the House Science and Technology Committee and at federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of State, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, United States Agency for International Development, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy. They also work in foreign governments, in international institutions such as the European Union and World Bank, in universities, and in the private sector.
More information

Deadline: As soon as possible
Multiple internships, Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)
EESI is a not-for-profit organization established in 1984 by a bipartisan Congressional caucus to provide timely, credible information for policymakers and influential stakeholders, and promote innovative environmental and energy solutions. EESI internships offer invaluable career benefits and opportunities and may also be used for undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate credit. EESI recruits interns throughout the year on a rotating basis. Internship start and end dates are flexible. Internships require a commitment of 25-40 hours per week for a minimum of 10-12 weeks. 
Please click on the internships listed below for more information:

Deadline: As soon as possible
6-Month and 12-Month Fellowship, National Center for Health Research 
Terrific opportunity for someone with a PhD (or ABD), MD, MPH, or similar graduate degree who recently completed their degree or postdoc or wants to move into the policy arena. Learn first-hand about the Washington policy scene by gaining hands-on experience with federal agencies! We are seeking an experienced professional with expertise in quantitative research who can interpret and “translate” research findings into compelling and persuasive information for the public, policy makers, and potential funders. Study in epidemiology/public health, medicine, psychology, or a closely related field is required. Excellent understanding of public health statistics and oral as well as written communication skills are also required. Grant-writing skills are a plus. Must be willing to commit for 6 months or 12 months, and will be eligible for promotion and renewal. 
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Deadline: Rolling
Congressional Research Grant, Dirksen Congressional Center
The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress. The Center's first interest is to fund the study of the leadership in the Congress, both House and Senate. Topics could include external factors shaping the exercise of congressional leadership, institutional conditions affecting it, resources and techniques used by leaders, or the prospects for change or continuity in the patterns of leadership. In addition, The Center invites proposals about congressional procedures, such as committee operation or mechanisms for institutional change, and Congress and the electoral process. The Center also encourages proposals that link Congress and congressional leadership with the creation, implementation and oversight of public policy. Proposals must demonstrate that Congress, not the specific policy, is the central research interest.
Additional details.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Postdoctoral scholars, University of California Berkeley and the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) 
We are seeking postdoctoral scholars interested in science policy. Postdocs will leverage their previous training to work with EBRC programs and to conduct an individual research project. Applications are being accepted for those interested in any of our four focus areas: Technical Research Roadmapping, Security, Education, and Policy & International Engagement. Roughly 75% time will be dedicated to projects in the selected focus area. In addition to the projects outlined above, postdocs will participate in EBRC core activities (annual meetings and retreats); have opportunities for relevant training in science policy; and meet government officials and policymakers through EBRC events and periodic trips to Washington, DC. Typically, positions are for an initial term of one year, renewable for a second year dependent on funding.
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Deadline: As soon as possible
6-Month and 12-Month Fellowship, National Center for Health Research 
Terrific opportunity for someone with a PhD (or ABD), MD, MPH, or similar graduate degree who recently completed their degree or postdoc or wants to move into the policy arena. Learn first-hand about the Washington policy scene by gaining hands-on experience with federal agencies! We are seeking an experienced professional with expertise in quantitative research who can interpret and “translate” research findings into compelling and persuasive information for the public, policy makers, and potential funders. Study in epidemiology/public health, medicine, psychology, or a closely related field is required. Excellent understanding of public health statistics and oral as well as written communication skills are also required. Grant-writing skills are a plus. Must be willing to commit for 6 months or 12 months, and will be eligible for promotion and renewal. 
More information.

Deadline: Rolling
Congressional Research Grant, Dirksen Congressional Center
The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress. The Center's first interest is to fund the study of the leadership in the Congress, both House and Senate. Topics could include external factors shaping the exercise of congressional leadership, institutional conditions affecting it, resources and techniques used by leaders, or the prospects for change or continuity in the patterns of leadership. In addition, The Center invites proposals about congressional procedures, such as committee operation or mechanisms for institutional change, and Congress and the electoral process. The Center also encourages proposals that link Congress and congressional leadership with the creation, implementation and oversight of public policy. Proposals must demonstrate that Congress, not the specific policy, is the central research interest.
Additional details.

Application opens: Aug. 2020
Deadline: Oct. 16, 2020

Jefferson Science Fellowship, U.S. Agency for International Development/U.S. Department of State/U.S. National Academy of Sciences
On October 8, 2003, the Secretary of State announced the Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program, establishing a new model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and international development programming. The JSF program is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and is supported through a partnership between the U.S. academic community, professional scientific societies, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The JSF is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. The application period opens in early August and closes at the end of October. Selected JSFs spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID as science advisors on foreign policy/international development issues. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise. Following the fellowship year, Fellows will return to their academic career but remain available to the U.S. government as an experienced consultant for short-term projects.
Additional details here.

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2020
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF)
The AAAS STPF is open to U.S. citizens following completion of a terminal degree. Now in its 47th year, this prestigious fellowship provides opportunities for outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about federal policymaking while using their knowledge and analytical skills to address today’s most pressing societal challenges. 
Program and application information here.

Deadline: Rolling
Congressional Research Grant, Dirksen Congressional Center
The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress. The Center's first interest is to fund the study of the leadership in the Congress, both House and Senate. Topics could include external factors shaping the exercise of congressional leadership, institutional conditions affecting it, resources and techniques used by leaders, or the prospects for change or continuity in the patterns of leadership. In addition, The Center invites proposals about congressional procedures, such as committee operation or mechanisms for institutional change, and Congress and the electoral process. The Center also encourages proposals that link Congress and congressional leadership with the creation, implementation, and oversight of public policy. Proposals must demonstrate that Congress, not the specific policy, is the central research interest.
Additional details.

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2020
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF)
The AAAS STPF is open to U.S. citizens following completion of a terminal degree. Now in its 47th year, this prestigious fellowship provides opportunities for outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about federal policymaking while using their knowledge and analytical skills to address today’s most pressing societal challenges. 
Program and application information here.  

Deadline: As soon as possible
Director of Information Policy, Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
ARL is a collective of leading libraries and archives in the United States and Canada. The Association has a proven record of accomplishment in law and public policy, most notably in copyright and other forms of intellectual property; digital information access; diversity, equity, and inclusion; accessibility; privacy; and open scholarship. This position presents a unique opportunity to work on major policy questions of the Information Age, in close collaboration with higher education and scholarly communities and with the ultimate aim of advancing the research enterprise, including equitable and enduring access to knowledge. ARL seeks an experienced policy analyst and advocate to lead on key priorities within the Association’s advocacy, scholarship, and policy agenda. This position will serve as the staff lead to ARL’s Advocacy and Public Policy Committee.
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Deadline: As soon as possible
Senior Program Officer (SPO) for Learning, Evaluation and Research (LER), U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP)
USIP represents the American people’s shared values and commitment to peace around the world.  We know that Peace is Security – it advances both U.S. and international security by preventing, managing and mitigating violent conflict. We are an independent, non-partisan institution and are actively engaged with peacebuilding efforts around the world. USIP seeks to empower frontline peacebuilders in conflict zones with evidence-based approaches that are derived equally from social-science research and international best practice. The SPO for LER will be the lead expert for the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation (ACT Center)’s LER priorities, and will be based in the Center for Policy, Learning and Strategic (PLS Center), to strengthen collaboration across USIP. The portfolio includes policy-related work. 
More information.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Research Assistant - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is seeking candidates for the position of Research Assistant to Belfer Center Director and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. The Belfer Center is the hub of Harvard Kennedy School’s research, teaching, and training in international security and diplomacy, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy. Among many activities, the Research Assistant will research, analyze, draft, and edit a variety of written products (i.e. memos, papers, and reports) related to leading issues in the technology sector, the financial industry, and government policy and legislation, and brief Secretary Carter frequently on issues related to technology and public purpose, as well as other national security topics.
Additional details.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Associate Director of Legislative Affairs, Federation of America Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
Serves as principal advisor to FASEB leadership on legislative strategies and advocacy initiatives related to life sciences research. Develops and implements a successful legislative advocacy program and coordinates with FASEB leadership, member societies, and external partners to achieve advocacy goals. Among many duties, the associate director tracks congressional budget and appropriations process for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy Office of Science, and other issues as assigned; represents FASEB in meetings with members of Congress, Congressional staff, federal agency and administration officials, and stakeholders to communicate FASEB positions; and shares FASEB resources with staff and relevant congressional committees to expand visibility of the Federation on Capitol Hill.
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Deadline: As soon as possible 
Director of Science Policy, International & American Associations for Dental Research (IADR & AADR)
Working closely with and reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Science Policy is responsible for conducting policy research, analyzing issues, monitoring legislative and regulatory developments related to science, and developing advocacy statements in support of research in the biomedical sciences. They are responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of IADR and AADR’s science policy functions.
Additional details.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Senior Research Associate - Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University
University’s Center for Global Health Science and Security, conducts original research to help decision makers worldwide build sustainable capacities to prevent, detect, respond to public health emergencies, and to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with a high-quality evidence base to make decisions that promote health security. The Senior Research Associate will work closely with the Center Director and contribute to a diverse portfolio of projects relating to global health and health security, including but not limited to: the Georgetown Infectious Disease Atlas; the Center’s work on urban pandemic preparedness; and the Center’s work on deliberate biological events. Activities for this position include: conducting research; assisting in data collection; assisting in the analysis of research findings; assisting in reporting research findings; and administrative and social media support where appropriate or assigned. 
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Deadline: As soon as possible
Senior Analyst, Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC)
The BPC is a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. BPC drives principled and politically viable policy solutions through the power of rigorous analysis, painstaking negotiation, and aggressive advocacy. The Senior Analyst will join the BPC Energy Project policy team, a dynamic and fast-moving group that is focused on the development of pragmatic, durable federal policies that responsibly transition the U.S. to a low-carbon economy, invest smartly in the next generation of energy technologies and infrastructure, and maintain economic growth. 
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Deadline: As soon as possible
ORISE Fellowship, Oak Ridge Institute - U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program serves as a next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers by providing opportunities to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. The ORISE participant will collaborate with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office in two main topic areas: 1) advancement of combined heat and power (CHP) technologies; and 2) development of strategic energy management approaches, such as ISO 50001. More specifically, within the CHP topic, the ORISE participant will receive hands on experience in the development of an integrated strategy and work plan to guide AMO’s CHP activities within its Technical Partnerships group. This may include researching the state of the CHP market, including key barriers and drivers to implementation, and staying abreast of new policy and technology developments impacting CHP implementation.
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Deadline: As soon as possible
Multiple positions, MITRE
As a not-for-profit organization, MITRE works in the public interest across federal, state, and local governments, as well as industry and academia. We bring innovative ideas into existence in areas as varied as artificial intelligence, intuitive data science, quantum information science, health informatics, space security, policy and economic expertise, trustworthy autonomy, cyber threat sharing, and cyber resilience.
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Deadline: Various
Multiple Positions at the National Democratic Institute (NDI)
The NDI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than three decades. Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to establish and strengthen political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.
Additional details.

National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)
Annual Conference Submission Deadline, July 10, 2020
The NCSE 2021 Annual Conference will take a systems-approach to heat and water during this time of change,examining both impacts and solutions. NCSE 2021 will be a virtual conference that will explore the links between the changes in Earth’s physical systems and its social institutions by engaging leaders from the sciences, education, government, policy, business, and civil society. The conference will be held January 5-8, 2021, virtually. 
Call for session proposals.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Forum
(Likely) Oct. 13-14, 2020, Washington, D.C.
2020 marks the 45th anniversary of the AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy. It also marks the 75th anniversary of the landmark science policy report “Science: The Endless Frontier”, by Vannevar Bush, which informed so much of the science system that we know of today. Come join us, take part in discussions and hear from experts about how we should build on this framework for the future. The AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy gives you exclusive access to participate in discussions with the nation’s top experts and decision-makers on the most important public policy issues facing the science, engineering and academic communities.
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COVID-19 Resources 
U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

The NASEM is rapidly mobilizing critical expertise to inform government response and recovery efforts with evidence-based guidance, and facilitating collaboration across research disciplines – and between the public and private sectors – to help fight this pandemic.
Find the resources here

U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS) COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources
New webpage available on the public facing CRS website, with content updated frequently.
Learn more.

Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation Releases New Report
“Science, Technology, and Democracy: Building a Modern Congressional Technology Assessment Office”
Read the report here.

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Releases New Report
On Sept. 18, 2019, the CFR released a new report: “Innovation and National Security: Keeping Our Edge". 
Read the report here.

Federal Data Strategy Team Releases Playbook on Data Governance
The Federal Data Strategy team has released The Data Governance Playbook to help agencies get started with prioritizing data governance and assessing maturity. This playbook outlines two “plays” to help agencies improve their organizational leadership for leveraging data as an asset and to respond to the requirements of the Evidence Act. Each play includes activities designed to build data infrastructure through data governance bodies and maturity assessments, providing the foundation for a data-driven culture that embraces the Mission Statement, Principles, and Practices of the Federal Data Strategy.
Read the Playbook.

Office of Management and Budget Releases Guidance on Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act
The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 emphasizes collaboration and coordination to advance data and evidence-building functions in the Federal Government. The Evidence Act mandates Federal evidence-building activities, open government data, and confidential information protection and statistical efficiency. OMB has now released guidance for agencies, which provides key requirements for the initial phase of the implementation of the law.
Read the guidance.

Public Face of Science Report
new publication of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Public Face of Science project, Encountering Science in America, is now available. Studying where and why Americans connect with science furthers the mission of the Public Face of Science to explore and improve the complex and evolving relationship between scientists and the public.

McClure Center

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Mailing Address:
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