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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: Feb. 1, 2021
Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE)
WISE prepares future leaders of the engineering profession who are aware of, and who can contribute to, the increasingly important issues at the intersection of science, technology, and public policy in the United States. Each summer, the WISE societies select outstanding 3rd or 4th year engineering/ computer science students, or students in engineering/ computer science graduate programs, from a nation-wide pool of applicants. The students spend nine (9) weeks living in Washington, D.C., during which they learn how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues, and how engineers can contribute to the legislative process and regulatory public policy decision-making.
Learn more.

Deadline: Feb. 5, 2021
Native American Congressional Internship Program, Udall Foundation
The Native American Congressional Internship provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government. Interns will learn how they can use this knowledge on behalf of their Tribes. A community of 12 American Indian and Alaska Native college, graduate, and law students will live and work in Washington, D.C. from May 27 to August 1, 2020. Interns have access to a network of American Indian professionals and alumni who work on behalf of tribal nations. Interns are supported with housing, a living allowance, transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and an educational stipend.
Program details and application

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2021 (Fall 2021 Internship)
Congressional Internship Program, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
During CHCI’s paid summer and semester internships, promising Latino undergraduates experience what it’s like to work in a congressional office or federal agency, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development training.
Learn more

Deadline: Feb. 28, 2021 (Summer 2021 Internship)
Brookings Internship Program, Brookings Institution
This program provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds to engage in career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills. The mission of this program is to provide students and recent graduates with a pre-professional, meaningful, and practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest.  Interns may work with Brookings’s staff in research areas - Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, Governance Studies, and Metropolitan Policy. Brookings also offers students the opportunity to intern in departments such as communications, human resources and central operations management. Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events. In addition, interns may participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.
Additional details.

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. 
Learn more

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2021
Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE)
WISE prepares future leaders of the engineering profession who are aware of, and who can contribute to, the increasingly important issues at the intersection of science, technology, and public policy in the United States. Each summer, the WISE societies select outstanding 3rd or 4th year engineering/ computer science students, or students in engineering/ computer science graduate programs, from a nation-wide pool of applicants. The students spend nine (9) weeks living in Washington, D.C., during which they learn how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues, and how engineers can contribute to the legislative process and regulatory public policy decision-making.
Learn more

Early deadline: Jan. 29, 2021
Hard deadline: March 26, 2021

Oregon Summer Fellowship - Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University
The Oregon Summer Fellowship is a 10-week paid placement during the May-September period designed for currently enrolled graduate students. We are seeking graduate students that have not yet completed their Masters or Doctoral degree for service during their summer break. This is an opportunity to serve in short-term fellowship positions with public agencies across Oregon and the nation. 
Additional information

Deadline: Feb. 5, 2021
Congressional Innovation Scholars, TechCongress
The Congressional Innovation Scholars fellowship program will place you among the top tech decision makers in the United States government at a time when technology is reshaping society in fundamental ways. Even if you've never considered working in government, the Congressional Innovation Scholars program will allow you to make change at the highest levels and at a scale unparalleled in the private or public sectors. 
More information.

Deadline: Feb. 5, 2021
Native American Congressional Internship Program, Udall Foundation
The Native American Congressional Internship provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government. Interns will learn how they can use this knowledge on behalf of their Tribes. A community of 12 American Indian and Alaska Native college, graduate, and law students will live and work in Washington, D.C. from May 27 to August 1, 2020. Interns have access to a network of American Indian professionals and alumni who work on behalf of tribal nations. Interns are supported with housing, a living allowance, transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and an educational stipend.
Program details and application

Deadline: Feb. 28, 2021 (Summer 2021 Internship)
Brookings Internship Program, Brookings Institution
This program provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds to engage in career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills. The mission of this program is to provide students and recent graduates with a pre-professional, meaningful, and practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest.  Interns may work with Brookings’s staff in research areas - Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, Governance Studies, and Metropolitan Policy. Brookings also offers students the opportunity to intern in departments such as communications, human resources and central operations management. Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events. In addition, interns may participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.
Additional details.

Deadline: Feb. 28, 2021
Dissertation Fellowship Program, U.S. Census Bureau 
One-year fellowship to support research in general fields related to statistics, economics, and demography. Direct connections to research topics that relate to the planning, collection, processing, analysis, making inferences, and disseminating data and data products is essential. 
Additional details.

Deadline: April 30, 2021
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. 
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.

Early deadline: Jan. 29, 2021
Hard deadline: March 26, 2021
Mark O. Hatfield Resident Fellowship - Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University
The Mark O. Hatfield Resident Fellowship is a 32-week paid placement with start dates that range from July through September. We are seeking graduates who will have earned their Masters or Ph.D. in the past year. This is an opportunity to serve in short-to-mid-term fellowship positions with public agencies across Oregon and the nation. 
More information.  

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2021
Postdoctoral Fellow - Precision Medicine and Data Policy, The World Economic Forum/Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC)
This two-year postdoctoral fellowship position, located in the Forum's San Francisco office with opportunities for remote work, begins in summer 2021. The position focuses on how to design and test innovative policies and governance frameworks for data collection, protection, and utilization that power precision medicine and personalized healthcare applications across geographies, cultures, and industries. This is an internationally-facing position, and Stanford University will be the employer of record. International applicants welcome. Terminal degree must be received by fellowship start date, but within the last five years.
Additional details.

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.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)
This program is an opportunity for researchers to engage directly with and inform our policy work. Our Fellows represent a wide range of academic fields and disciplines, reflecting the tremendous impact technology has on all aspects of life. CDT Fellows will collaborate with CDT by volunteering their time to inform and advance CDT’s research and policy work; amplify CDT’s voice and connect CDT with leading experts in relevant fields; and work with CDT to strengthen the public engagement and policy impact of fellows’ own research.
Program details.

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: Jan. 18, 2021
Eagleton Science and Politics Fellow, Rutgers University
The Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship offers PhD-level scientists and engineers the opportunity to apply their training and expertise to the development and implementation of relevant state policy. As full-time aides in the executive or legislative branch, Science Fellows bring their advanced technical skills to service in state government. During the one-year program, Science Fellows participate in the political process and support New Jersey state government officials in making evidence-based decisions in public policy areas involving science, engineering, and technology. Through this work, they develop an understanding of state government and learn how to build careers in public service.
Additional details

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2021
Tenure Track Assistant or Tenured Associate Professor - Department of Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA), Syracuse University
Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs seeks to hire a tenure track assistant or tenured associate professor whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of public organizations and democratic institutions. This position starts in fall 2021 and is part of a broader Syracuse University Cluster Hires Initiative. The Citizenship and Democratic Institutions (CDI) Cluster draws together a diverse group of scholars who address critical issues related to the contested meanings of citizenship, civic engagement, public management, and the impacts of democratic institutions on social and economic well-being. The successful candidate will help shape future, multi-disciplinary hiring in the CDI Cluster, and lead and contribute to externally funded projects and interdisciplinary research initiatives within the Maxwell School and across the University. As part of this effort, we seek an engaging and entrepreneurial scholar who asks important questions and thinks creatively about the challenges and opportunities for public organizations and democratic institutions in the 21st century. We welcome applicants from public administration, sociology, political science, international relations, and related disciplines.
Learn more.

Deadline: Feb. 5, 2021
Congressional Innovation Scholars, TechCongress
The Congressional Innovation Scholars fellowship program will place you among the top tech decision makers in the United States government at a time when technology is reshaping society in fundamental ways. Even if you've never considered working in government, the Congressional Innovation Scholars program will allow you to make change at the highest levels and at a scale unparalleled in the private or public sectors. 
More information.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Senior Science Policy Specialist, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 
You will work closely with leadership in the Scientific Affairs team to provide up-to-date information on policy developments affecting biomedical research at member institutions, preparing presentations and communications, and assisting in the development of positions and responses to federal requests, especially on National Institutes of Health (NIH) matters.
Learn more

Deadline: As soon as possible
Multiple positions, Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)
CDT works to promote democratic values by shaping technology policy and architecture, with a focus on the rights of the individual. CDT brings together thought leaders to find innovative and practical solutions to the policy challenges surrounding the Internet. We provide leadership and advocacy to help shape public policy and industry best practices while providing a forum for stakeholder dialogue.
More information.

Deadline: Multiple
Multiple positions, Culmen International
Established in 2004, Culmen International is committed to enhancing international security, strengthening homeland defense, and optimizing government operations. We provide technical and management expertise, develop innovative technology solutions, and deliver logistics, training and language services worldwide. With experience in over 100 countries, Culmen supports our clients to accomplish critical missions in challenging environments.
More information

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. 
Learn more

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.
Learn more

Deadline: Various
Multiple Positions, 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.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting
Feb. 8-11, 2021

The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting is Understanding Dynamic Ecosystems. The challenges facing contemporary society will provide the opportunity to creatively harness science, engineering, technology, and policy to promote sustainable change.
More details.

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.  

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:
James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research
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