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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: May 15, 2022
Internships - Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President (EOP) 
We are pleased to announce that, for the first time in history, the EOP is launching a paid internship program. Congress established OSTP in 1976. OSTP advises the President and others within the EOP on the scientific, engineering and technological aspects of the economy, national security, health and the environment. The Summer 2022 term begins on June 20, 2022 and ends on August 12, 2022. Interns will receive a stipend of $6,000 for participation in the program. All internships are located in Washington, D.C. and are full-time; participants must be able to commit to a minimum of 35 hours per week (Monday-Friday).
Details available

Deadline: August 1, 2022 (Fall 2022 Internship)
Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) Internship, Wilson Center
STIP focuses on bringing foresight to the frontier, exploring emerging technologies through vital conversations that are not just for scientists. Internships with STIP are designed to provide the opportunity for practical experience in public policy, science and technology and scholarship. STIP internships fall into two categories: research and communication. Both positions gain valuable experience in working directly on leading policy concerns. For communication, it is about translating the complexity of science and technology and relating that to leading policy discourse, keeping abreast with the latest trends in research and directly engaging public policy and academic audiences. For research internships, this can be through contributing to or conducting independent research, direct engagement with policy leaders and collaboration with international governmental bodies.
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Deadline: Rolling
Internship and staff positions, U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate
Senate staff positions
Senate internships
House staff positions

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: June 30, 2022
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 who will receive the doctoral degree or its equivalent after July 1, 2021, and before June 30, 2022, 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. The winner receives $2,000. Two honorable mention awards of $1,000 each may be given for other outstanding entries. The awards will be presented at the 115th Annual Conference on Taxation in Miami, Florida, November 10-12, 2022. Papers based on the dissertations are featured at the Annual Conference.
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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: Rolling
Internship and staff positions, U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate
Senate staff positions
Senate internships
House staff positions

Deadline: May 31, 2022
Executive Policy Fellow, Missouri Science & Technology (MOST) Policy Initiative
MOST Executive Policy Fellows assist state agencies with incorporating data management, analysis, visualization and integration practices to improve program design and implementation according to agency priorities. Executive Policy Fellows also have opportunities to build policy-relevant skills by participating in professional development activities hosted by MOST and by contributing additional capacity to team projects as appropriate. We are currently seeking candidates that have (or will have) a terminal degree (M.S./M.A. or above) in data science, computer science, systems engineering or a related field (e.g., operations management), or have completed a terminal degree in another discipline that required extensive data analysis.
More information.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Science Policy Postdocs, Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) and University of California Berkeley
The EBRC and UC Berkeley 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 with interest in the bioeconomy and related technical and policy influences and impacts and those interested in any of our four focus areas: Technical Research Roadmapping, Security, Education & Workforce Development and Policy & International Engagement. Applicants with particular knowledge, experience and/or expertise in one of the five Application and Impact Sectors (i.e., Environment Biotechnology & Climate, Food & Agriculture, Energy, Health & Medicine, Industrial Biotechnology) and/or the four Technical Themes (i.e., Data Science, Engineering DNA, Host Engineering, Biomolecular Engineering) described in EBRC’s Engineering Biology: A Research Roadmap for the Next-Generation Bioeconomy (2019), are encouraged.
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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: Multiple
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Policy, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
If you are a recent doctoral graduate, or postdoc, and would like to obtain additional training within your field, ORISE can help you find a postdoctoral research fellowship at a national laboratory or federal research facility nationwide. For scientists who have recently completed their Ph.D. in a STEM-related discipline, postdoc fellowships can help you advance your career at a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory or other federal research facility. ORISE manages postdoctoral fellowships across the United States, many of which have immediate openings for qualified candidates.

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: 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: May 20, 2022
Program Director for Government Services and Engagement, Institute for Governmental Service and Research (IGSR) at the University of Maryland
This position reports to the IGSR Director and is responsible for performing and administering applied research and technical assistance projects to enhance policies, operations and outcomes in the delivery of public services and for collaborating with state agencies and other external partners in support of the Institute’s Statewide Maryland Automated Record Tracking (SMART) system. Among many duties, the Program Director will develop and implement comprehensive strategy to secure funding that advances IGSR’s public service mission by cultivating local and state government relationships, translating research ideas into sponsored projects and submitting proposals for local, state, federal and philanthropic funding. 
Additional details.

Deadline: May 31, 2022
Executive Policy Fellow, Missouri Science & Technology (MOST) Policy Initiative
MOST Executive Policy Fellows assist state agencies with incorporating data management, analysis, visualization and integration practices to improve program design and implementation according to agency priorities. Executive Policy Fellows also have opportunities to build policy-relevant skills by participating in professional development activities hosted by MOST and by contributing additional capacity to team projects as appropriate. We are currently seeking candidates that have (or will have) a terminal degree (M.S./M.A. or above) in data science, computer science, systems engineering or a related field (e.g., operations management), or have completed a terminal degree in another discipline that required extensive data analysis.
More information

Deadline: Multiple
As soon as possible, National Policy Consensus Center (NPCC)
We advance the use of collaborative governance methods in Oregon and nationally through innovative services, education and research that help people collaborate to address public policy disputes and implement community-based solutions. Our work reaches all of Oregon and beyond. We've facilitated discussions that helped Oregon and neighboring states agree on shared plans for protecting endangered species. We've helped local Oregon communities agree on highway projects to address congestion in their towns. We've helped small communities find funding to build a new school, improve libraries and support entrepreneurship. 
Information available.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Nuclear Energy Policy Manager, Clean Air Task Force (CATF) 
CATF is a nonprofit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies. This is accomplished through research and analysis, public advocacy leadership and partnership with the private sector. The role of the Nuclear Energy Policy Manager is to leverage the CATF’s nuclear energy Theory of Change (ToC) strategy and develop and implement policies and advocacy recommendations that promote the development and deployment of advanced nuclear energy technologies in the United States and globally.
Additional details

Deadline: As soon as possible
Director for Public Policy - Americas, Novavax
Novavax, Inc (Nasdaq:NVAX) is a biotechnology company that creates transformational vaccines that address some of the world’s most pressing infectious diseases. We have more than a decade of experience contending with some of the world’s most devastating diseases, including COVID-19, seasonal influenza, RSV, Ebola, MERS and SARS. Among many duties, the Director shapes the policy and government affairs agenda as part of the broader corporate strategy that supports multiple vaccine launches and promotes optimal consumer access to our novel vaccines, and leads development of corporate positions on public policies in the U.S. (federal and state) and Canada.
More information

Deadline: As soon as possible
Senior Policy Analyst - Health, Bipartisan Policy Center
The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security and opportunity for all Americans. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders and academics and advocates who represent both sides of the political spectrum. We are seeking a Senior Policy Analyst to support activities for the Health Program. This will include leading projects and working collaboratively with team members to develop pragmatic, bipartisan policy solutions on issues such as health care costs, coverage, quality and equity. Current Health Program projects include health care workforce, Medicare sustainability, employer-sponsored insurance, telehealth/digital health, rural health, behavioral health, chronic care, long-term care and opioids. 
Details available

Deadline: As soon as possible
Science Policy Writer, American Institute of Physics
The American Institute of Physics is hiring a Science Policy Writer within FYI, an authoritative source of science policy news and analysis. Founded in 1989, FYI has built an influential subscriber base that includes many prominent figures in the U.S. scientific community, top agency officials and Congressional staff. The writer’s primary responsibility is to produce and edit content for multiple FYI products as part of an editorial team. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: analyzing budget/policy proposals and outcomes for U.S. science agencies (FYI focuses on DOE, NSF, NASA, DOD, NOAA, NIST, NIH and USGS), and reporting on legislative activity, science agency initiatives, leadership changes and other relevant policy developments.
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Deadline: As soon as possible
Chief of Staff for External Affairs, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
The Chief of Staff for External Affairs reports directly to the Global Head for Policy and Government Relations (the “Global Head”), a member of TNC’s Executive Leadership Team. The Chief of Staff provides support to the Global Head and serves as a key partner in leadership of the business unit. Working in close partnership and in coordination with the External Affairs Management Team (the “XAMT”), the Chief of Staff drives execution of key organizational priorities, leads and manages projects with skillful active management, manages one or more administrative staff and coordinates with the Global Head and XAMT on communications with the Board of Directors and potential donors.
Details available

Deadline: As soon as possible
Head of Government Affairs, Springer Nature Group
This is a key senior, strategic government affairs role working with colleagues in the US and globally to promote Springer Nature as a notable U.S. company and purpose-driven research publisher, to educate political audiences on the contribution Springer Nature makes to the U.S. scientific endeavor and represent company positions on policy topics. Springer Nature's long and rich history in the U.S. includes Scientific American, founded in 1845. The candidate would have relevant government relations experience and ideally existing contacts, an interest in science/academic publishing and a track record of working with multiple internal and external stakeholders to influence and shape policy conversations.
More information.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Director of Government Affairs and Science Policy, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) 
ASPET is a 4,000-member scientific society whose members conduct basic and clinical pharmacological research and work in academia, government, industry and non-profit organizations. ASPET’s mission is to be the professional home for educators, students, researchers, healthcare practitioners and others working to advance pharmacological sciences and increase the impact and influence of this scientific discipline. This position is responsible for developing and executing on the public policy strategy of ASPET. The role identifies issues that may affect biomedical research and formulate responses in consultation with the society leadership; keep society leadership and members informed; identify advocacy opportunities and manage ongoing Society advocacy efforts.
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Deadline: As soon as possible
Policy Project Leader, SRI International  
SRI’s Center for Innovation Strategy and Policy (CISP) helps organizations, regions and countries achieve long-term economic and social impact through effective investments in science, technology and innovation. Based in Arlington, VA, the Center is staffed with experienced professionals who conduct research, analysis, program evaluation and strategic planning for private and public sector clients around the world. As part of CISP, the Project Leader will take intellectual and technical responsibility for innovation and science policy research, analysis, strategic planning and evaluations for a diverse range of clients.
More information.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Policy Research Analyst, SRI International
The Research Analyst, as part of SRI International's Center for Innovation Strategy and Policy (CISP), will contribute to innovation policy research, analysis and evaluations for a diverse range of clients, based out of our Arlington, VA location. CISP helps organizations, regions and countries achieve long-term economic and social impact through effective investments in science, technology and innovation. Our team conducts research, analysis, program evaluation and strategic planning for private and public-sector clients around the world. We collaborate with our partners and clients in the following areas: innovation ecosystem and workforce development, innovation strategy and training, complex program evaluation, science and technology program support and advanced analytics in R&D analysis. The Research Analyst will work across all these areas.
Additional details.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Senior Policy Officer - Federal, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Reporting directly to the vice president, Policy, the senior policy officer, Federal (the officer), leads staff in the development of recommended strategies for the Foundation’s nonpartisan engagement and education activities with federal policymakers—including legislative and executive branch leaders and federal advocacy organizations—and supports execution of identified strategies. Consistent with the rules that apply to private foundations, the officer advises the vice president and Foundation staff on the Foundation’s federal advocacy strategy and opportunities to leverage relationships with policymakers and share Foundation-funded evidence to advance the Foundation’s mission, vision and strategies. The officer will also manage and collaborate with others on grantmaking to advocacy and other partners needed to further public education and drive effective policy solutions. This work will be done in close collaboration with Policy department colleagues, program staff across the Foundation and the executive office.
More information

Deadline: As soon as possible
Clean Energy Corps, U.S. Department of Energy
With the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Clean Energy Corps is charged with investing more than $62 billion to deliver a more equitable clean energy future for the American people by investing in American manufacturing; creating good paying jobs; expanding access to energy efficiency and clean energy for families, communities and businesses; delivering reliable, clean and affordable power to more Americans and building the technologies of tomorrow through clean energy research, development and demonstrations. We are looking for new team members from every community in America. Staff positions are available across the country and many opportunities offer the ability to work remotely. And, as a federal employer, we welcome candidates that have served our country in other capacities such as the military and the Peace Corps.
Details available.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Research Associate (RA) - International Networks and Cooperation, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies)
The RA will work on projects in the Academies’ international security and arms control portfolio, and international networks and cooperation more broadly. The RA will work under the direction of a program officer or a senior program officer supporting security dialogues, workshops and studies by assisting with planning of the projects, identifying and interviewing experts, developing information resources, distilling information or summaries from those resources and from meetings, tracking references and checking facts, drafting and editing written materials for reports, managing communications about the project, assisting with complex travel planning and performing some administrative tasks.
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Deadline: As soon as possible
Program Associate or Senior Program Associate, Computing Research Association (CRA)
The CRA seeks two highly-motivated individuals to join its staff as Program Associate or Senior Program Associate (depending on qualifications and experience). The positions involve work primarily with CRA’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC) subcommittee, which aims to catalyze the computing research community to pursue innovative, high-impact research. The CCC is run as a cooperative agreement between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and CRA. Each position works closely with the Director of the CCC, the CRA staff, CCC Council members and members of the computing research community to ensure that the mission objectives of CRA and CCC are achieved in a timely and high-quality fashion. CCC Council members represent some of the brightest minds in computing research, helping set research directions and visions for the field and federal agencies that support it. Both positions will play a role in enabling that visioning.
Details available.  

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: Multiple
Multiple positions, Resources for the Future (RFF)
RFF is an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, D.C. RFF’s mission is to improve environmental, energy and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement. The focus is on improving both environmental and economic outcomes; preserving nonpartisanship, integrity and trust and supporting public and private sector decisions.
Details available.

Deadline: Multiple
Multiple positions, Biotechnology Innovation Organizations (BIO)
BIO is the world's largest biotech trade association. It serves more than 1,100 biotechnology firms, research schools, state biotechnology centers and related associations in the United States and more than 30 other countries. Members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.  
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Deadline: Multiple
Multiple positions, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
CFR is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. Founded in 1921, CFR takes no institutional positions on matters of policy. Our goal is to start a conversation in this country about the need for Americans to better understand the world.
Position descriptions.

Deadline: Multiple
Multiple positions, Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)
Named a top think tank in the United States, IWPR has shifted conversation on issues such as the gender wage gap, employment and job discrimination, Social Security, welfare reform and access to public benefits, educational access, child care and many others.  Our ongoing Status of Women in the States project and other state-specific research initiatives produce real outcomes for women and families. In recent years, IWPR expanded its Status of Women model globally, working with partners to produce a series of reports on the Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa.
Position descriptions.

Deadline: Multiple
Multiple policy analysis positions, BlueGreen Alliance
BlueGreen Alliance was formed in 2006 by the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club in recognition that the future of working people and the health of the environment are inextricably linked. The policy analysis positions are responsible for designing, coordinating and implementing legislative and policy efforts.
Additional details.

Deadline: Multiple
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, Partnership for Public Service
The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that strives for a more effective government for the American people. Since our founding in 2001, we have worked to make government more effective and efficient. Our nonpartisan stance allows us to collaborate with many different stakeholders who share our vision for a better government. We serve as a bridge between administrations, across the political aisle and from government to the private sector, bringing together diverse perspectives to develop forward-thinking solutions and put them into action.
Additional details.

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: Multiple
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: Multiple
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

Deadline: Rolling
Internship and staff positions, U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate
Senate staff positions
Senate internships
House staff positions

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Science Policy Resources

New webpage available, with information about federal government, state and local government, national and international organizations, think tanks, media, advocacy, analysis, the science-policy interface, communications, history and 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.

Engineers and Scientists Acting Locally (ESAL)
ESAL is a national organization dedicated to increasing local engagement by professionals with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Many engineers and scientists are interested in making a difference in their communities, but they don’t know how to get involved or overlook the important role that cities, counties and states play in policy development and implementation. We hope to encourage and help STEM professionals to meaningfully engage with their local government and with community-oriented non-profit and volunteer organizations by sharing stories of how others have made a difference in their communities.
Additional information.

McClure Center

Physical Address:
GAR Building

Mailing Address:
James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research
GAR Building
714 W. State Street
Boise, ID 83702

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