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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.

Undergraduate students

Deadline: July 1, 2018
Fall Internship, China Environmental Forum – Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
The China Environment Forum (CEF) offers internships for students with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on topics of environmental and energy challenges in China. CEF typically selects 2 research interns and 1 communications and design intern for each academic semester (i.e., for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms of approximately three to four months); however, appointments can be made throughout the year for periods of varying length. No internship will exceed one year in duration. These internships are designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy.
More information available.

Deadline: July 13, 2018
Fall Internship, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States (KICUS) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
KICUS seeks an intern with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on China and the United States. This internship is part-time (15-20 hours/week) and is unpaid. However, students may arrange to receive academic credit for their internship through their university. These internships are designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy.
Application details here.

Deadline: Rolling
The University of Idaho Office of Undergraduate Research offers a variety of competitive funding resources, including research grants, summer-specific funding, and travel grants.
Learn more here.

Graduate and professional students

Deadline: June 30, 2018
Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, National Tax Association
This award was established in 1971 and recognizes exemplary dissertation research in government finance and taxation. All graduate students at accredited U.S. and Canadian Institutions and individuals who will receive the doctoral degree or its equivalent after July 1, 2017, and before June 30, 2018, are eligible for the awards. Both theoretical and empirical dissertations are welcome, and may be on any topic in the area of government finance, including taxation, debt and fiscal policy, political economy, expenditures, budgeting, administrative and management science applications, program analysis, and policy evaluation. Entries are judged by a panel of experts on the basis of originality, clarity of exposition, and significance of the analysis for scholars and practitioners of government finance.
Additional details available.

Deadline: July 13, 2018
Fall Internship, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States (KICUS) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
KICUS seeks an intern with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on China and the United States. This internship is part-time (15-20 hours/week) and is unpaid. However, students may arrange to receive academic credit for their internship through their university. These internships are designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy.
Application details here.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Director of Communications and Outreach, Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG)
The JSPG, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and international, open-access peer reviewed publication, seeks a Director of Communications & Outreach to lead and manage communication and public relations, social media and marketing efforts on behalf of the journal (one year term, 2-3 hours/week). The Director will preside over all social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and the JSPG newsletter, co-lead the Journal’s press activity and provide vision and leadership for outreach and promotional efforts with a goal of measurably bolstering the Journal’s reach, visibility, value and impact across stakeholders in the government, university, industry, and nonprofit sectors. This individual will report to the CEO and collaborate with others on the JSPG team including the Senior Director for Operations & International Outreach and the Editorial Board. Note: All JSPG staff position are unpaid part-time volunteer leadership opportunities.
More information available.

Postdoctoral fellowships

Deadline: As soon as possible
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowship, U.S. Department of Energy
These fellowships serve 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 (EERE) in Washington, D.C. Participants will become part of a group of highly-trained scientists and engineers with the education, background, and experience to be part of the workforce that supports the DOE's mission in the future. This position is located in the Building Technologies Office (BTO). EERE’s mission is to create and sustain American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. Its vision is a strong and prosperous America powered by clean, affordable, and secure energy.
Application information here.

Deadline: October 27, 2018
Visiting Scholar, American Academy for Arts and Sciences
The Visiting Scholars Program was established in 2000 as part of an Academy-wide effort to promote the work of early-career scholars. It provides residential fellowships for post-doctoral scholars who are completing manuscripts on projects relating to American history, culture, and public policy from the founding period to the present. The Program offers scholars an academic year for research and writing, a collaborative work environment, and the opportunity to interact with Academy members. One of the goals of the Visiting Scholars Program is to build a community of research scholars in residence; regular attendance at the Academy facilitates this goal. Research trips, interviews, attendance at scholarly meetings or speaking engagements should be limited to no more one weekday per week during the fellowship term, and scholars may not accept any teaching appointment or other major commitments during the fellowship.
More information available.

Faculty

Deadline: October 15, 2018
Sabbatical and Research Fellowship, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
Sabbatical & Research Fellowships are awarded to established scholars who will be in residence at the SESYNC for 2–12 months to undertake activities that will advance socio-environmental synthesis research. Applicants propose synthesis activities consistent with the mission of SESYNC and are also expected to participate in collaborative Center activities as part of their efforts while in residence. Competitive sabbatical proposals are those that very clearly address how the proposed project will advance understanding of the structure, functioning, or sustainability of socio-environmental systems. Projects could include data syntheses, modeling, theory development, or policy analysis. As with most sabbaticals, the purpose is to provide an opportunity for an individual to take time off from their current position to develop new ideas or research directions that will benefit their future work as well as their institution/organization when they return.
Additional details available.

Job postings

Deadline: As soon as possible
Senior Associate – Health Care Products, Pew Charitable Trusts
The senior associate, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, will inform and influence public policy by using research tools to further project goals. The senior associate will provide factual support to develop and further the project team’s advocacy positions and will work with the project team to design and implement a research agenda on emerging areas in healthcare products. The position will require developing subject matter expertise related to healthcare products; executing a research agenda; developing detailed policy recommendations; and contributing to a legislative campaign. Reporting to the project director, the senior associate will work closely with Pew colleagues in communications, research, government relations, and other areas. This position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.
More information available here.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Analyst, Office of the Secretary of Defense – Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (OSD-CAPE)
OSD-CAPE is a small team of highly trained scientists, analysts, and engineers that provides independent assessments of all Department of Defense investments.  CAPE is looking to hire several analysts to fill critical roles on our team. CAPE analysts work both independently and on teams that cross the Department of Defense to provide data-informed assessments of potential investments, strategies, and policies that the Department may pursue. The Department of Defense is huge and hence CAPE assesses a wide variety of topics ranging from fighter jet quantities to childcare subsidies, from next generation space systems to health care reform, from military training to artificial intelligence and cloud computing. CAPE’s job is to provide fact-based, data-driven assessments that show the full range of decision space. CAPE is a very flat organization, so CAPE analysts will routinely present their findings to the Department’s most senior leadership, including the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense. CAPE looks to recruit analysts with a demonstrated ability to breakdown difficult problems into analytically solvable pieces. Your specific area of scientific expertise is less important than your ability to identify critical assumptions, ask pointed questions, and locate data sources that will provide fact-based insights. Most CAPE staff have advanced degrees (Masters or Ph.D.s) in the hard sciences, though the main requirement is a strong quantitative background and college-level calculus. The most successful CAPE analyst is willing to tackle any problem regardless of topic. You will likely be asked to lead or help on assessments that are in areas totally unfamiliar to you. The ability to assess issues as an unbiased analyst, rather than an advocate, is crucial.
For additional information about CAPE's hiring process contact Lauren Rottler or Dr. Carole Godette at. More information about CAPE is available here.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Associate Program Officer – Board on Health Sciences Policy, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
The Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences is seeking an Associate Program Officer to join the team. The Health and Medicine Division (HMD) is a division of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, with the aim of helping those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely. HMD previously was the Institute of Medicine (IOM) program unit of the National Academies. On March 15, 2016, the division was renamed HMD, building on the heritage of the IOM’s work in medicine while emphasizing its increased focus on a wider range of health matters. This position is best suited for early career candidates with an interest in medical product R&D policy. Excellent (written and verbal) communication skills required. Experience in science and regulatory policy preferred.
More information here.

Deadline: As soon as possible Senior Manager – Federal Affairs, Uber
We’re changing the way people think about transportation. Not that long ago we were just an app to request premium black cars in a few metropolitan areas. Now we’re a part of the logistical fabric of more than 600 cities around the world. Whether it’s a ride, a sandwich, or a package, we use technology to give people what they want, when they want it. We are looking for someone to join Uber’s federal affairs team in Washington, D.C. to manage the team’s advanced technologies portfolio. You will report directly to Uber’s Head of Federal Affairs and work in close coordination with the Director of Public Policy and Research.
Additional details available.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Director - Enterprise Club, American Enterprise Institute
The American Enterprise Institute is the nation’s premier think tank, assembling 240 scholars and staff who share a common mission: We believe that expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening the free enterprise system gives the most people the best life. We pursue our work in economics, education reform, health policy, environment and energy, foreign and defense policy, cultural studies, international trade, and other critical areas in accord with our mission. The Enterprise Club brings a select group of rising stars into AEI’s community. This invitation-only group of under-40-year-old leaders in business, finance, entrepreneurialism, law, and policy now numbers more than 400 members in 14 chapters in the U.S. and UK. We need someone who understands AEI’s mission and work and is inspired to share it with this cohort that represents AEI’s future. We need someone who has always been good at seeing the connections between and among people and understands how to leverage those relationships for a purpose. Moreover, we need someone willing to immerse him or herself in this community, building deep and lasting friendships on behalf of AEI.
More information here.

Deadline: As soon as possible Public Policy Manager for Middle East & Africa, Amazon
Would you like to be part of a public policy team across the Middle East and African countries? Do you have public affairs experience or would like to develop your expertise in the technology public policy sphere? Want to help Amazon grow in the region? Well this a full time, up to one year, competitively remunerated role that will help you build your career! The successful candidate will help us build relationships with key policymakers, IT decision makers and executives in government and other relevant organizations and help prioritize international, national, and regional government public policy issues faced by Amazon. You will address policy risks to the business as well as advance strategic business opportunities and initiatives in these market segments. You will become familiar with all aspects of Amazon’s business, and interface directly with the business units in the region. This Dubai-based public policy position will also participate in the Amazon Middle-East & Africa Public Policy team.
Additional details available.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Transportation Policy Analyst, University of California Davis (UC Davis)
The Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, in partnership with the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, the Environment, and the Economy, is currently looking for a transportation policy analyst to join our interdisciplinary 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program (3R). Candidates should be interested in the relationship between the three revolutions in transportation — shared mobility, electrification and autonomous vehicles—and societal benefits. The 3R Program will be building the policy framework to accelerate the transition to economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable transportation. One goal is to provide policy makers at city, state and regional levels with evidence-based research and tools that can aid their decision-making. Applicants should have interdisciplinary expertise in several of the following areas: policy analysis, economics, engineering, and mathematical modeling, and be comfortable in applying such tools to identify societal and environmental impacts of the 3 Revolutions.
Additional details here.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Director of Ocean Policy, Center for American Progress
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Ocean Policy with the Energy and Environment team. The Director of Ocean Policy will lead the Ocean Policy team’s work to develop and execute national and regional strategies and campaigns to further American Progress’ ocean policy, climate change, and clean energy goals. The Director of Ocean Policy is responsible for developing, researching, and writing major reports; creating strategies to promote the value of science-based management initiatives; establishing and managing coalitions of national and regional partner organizations; implementing communications strategies; and developing relationships and partnerships with ocean champions on Capitol Hill and within the federal government. The ideal candidate will be an experienced team leader with deep organizational relationships throughout the ocean policy world, as well as a deep understanding of ocean issues, politics, and science.
More information available.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Program Director and Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
CNAS seeks to hire a Program Director and Senior Fellow for its Defense Program. This individual will be responsible for leading a talented team of defense analysts; conceptualizing and executing the overarching research program; informing and elevating national debates about issues related to national security and defense; and convening and engaging with stakeholders dedicated to defense matters (including strategy, planning, posture, acquisition, and budget). CNAS is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit research organization dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies. Building on the deep expertise and broad experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas and analysis to shape the national security debate. CNAS is located in Washington, D.C.
Details available here.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Washington Office Director, Brennan Center for Justice
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve systems of democracy and justice in the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Brennan Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them – in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion. The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law seeks a creative, dynamic leader to help drive our federal advocacy strategy on major democracy and justice issues. The primary task of the Director of the DC Office is to increase the profile of the Brennan Center’s work among policymakers and thought leaders, particularly those in Congress.
Additional details available.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Senior Program Assistant - Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC), Policy and Global Affairs, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
The mission of Policy and Global Affairs (PGA) is to help improve public policy, understanding, and education in matters of science, technology, and health with regard to national strategies and resources, global affairs, workforce and the economy. The division is particularly charged to identify and build synergy among the disciplines and issue areas, and to promote interaction among science, engineering, medicine and public policy. The units of the division focus particularly on the interaction of key institutions central to science and technology policy, on the standing of U.S. research around the world and cooperation with science & engineering bodies in other countries, on the mission and organization of federal research activities, and on the sources of future manpower and funding for research. The CISAC was established in 1980, drawing together leading scholars in science, technology, and medicine with military, diplomatic, and policy experts to address critical problems of international security, particularly issues concerning nuclear weapons, biological security, terrorism and, more recently, space and cyber security. CISAC engages influential scientific counterparts in Russia, China, India, and other countries in security dialogues and other activities. The Senior Program Assistant will provide administrative and logistical support for those activities.
Additional details available.

Other

June 21-22, 2018
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Forum on Science & Technology Policy
The annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy is the conference for people interested in public policy issues facing the science, engineering, and higher education communities. Since 1976, it has been the place where insiders go to learn what is happening and what is likely to happen in the coming year on the federal budget and the growing number of policy issues that affect researchers and their institutions. Come to the Forum, learn about the future of S&T policy, and meet the people who will shape it.
Additional details here.

June 22, 2018, 14:00 EDT
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship
Join the STPF for an installment of the monthly live chat series. You will hear from fellows with backgrounds in engineering, math and computer science.
Details and RSVP.

September 14, 2018
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Science Diplomacy will host its 4th annual conference, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Center. The one-day conference will bring scientists, policymakers, students, and practitioners together around emerging aspects of science diplomacy.
Event information available.

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