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Geoscience Policy Internship |  Critical Issues InternshipCongressional Science Fellowship | The Fisher Endowment | Other Fellowship Opportunities |

Geoscience Policy Internship

Level: BA/BS or MA/MS

Join the American Geosciences Institute as a Geoscience Policy Intern! The Geoscience Policy program represents the shared interests of the geoscience community in Washington, DC, and actively works with Congress and federal agencies to foster better communication and public policy for the geosciences in areas including water, energy and mineral resources, natural hazards, environmental protection, and federal funding for geoscience research and education. 

AGI seeks outstanding geoscience or engineering students or recent graduates (Bachelor's or Master's level) with a strong interest in federal science policy for the Geoscience Policy Internship. Interns will have the opportunity to hone their writing and web publishing skills, while gaining first-hand policy experience and improving their understanding of the legislative process. Please see the position description below for more details.

AGI accepts one Geoscience Policy Intern for the fall term (September through December), the spring term (January through April), and the summer term (May through August). The start date is flexible and will be determined based on the schedule of the successful applicant. Applicants must be currently enrolled in or recent graduates of a geoscience-related undergraduate or graduate degree program. BA/BS or MA/MS students with an interest in energy and natural resource issues are particularly encouraged to apply, and may obtain credit for the internship from their university where possible. 

Title:  Geoscience Policy Intern

Classification: Full-time, Non-Exempt

Salary Grade/Level: $5,000 for 12 weeks (Summer) / $5,500 for 14 weeks (Spring, Fall)

Location:  AGI Headquarters, Alexandria, VA

Reports to: Program Supervisor, Policy and Critical Issues

Position Objective:  

Learn about federal policy as it relates to the geosciences while producing information products for AGI’s Geoscience Policy program

Essential Functions:

  • Attend in person and/or remotely watch hearings and briefings on Capitol Hill
  • Write news briefs – summaries of policy developments that affect the geosciences – for AGI’s Geoscience Policy Monthly Review
  • Attend meetings and events related to policy coalitions that AGI is involved with
  • Provide logistical and administrative support for AGI’s Geoscience Policy program, including:
    • Monitoring social media outlets and co-running the Geoscience Policy program’s Twitter account
    • Taking minutes at coalition meetings

Other Duties:

  • Write an article for AGI’s EARTH magazine (or other publication in the geosciences) on a policy-relevant geoscience topic of your choice
  • Other duties as assigned

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

Work is largely in an office setting with long periods sitting/standing at a desk. Travel into DC for meetings, briefings, hearings, or other events 1-2 times per week.

Required Education & Experience:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student, or recent graduate (last 2 years), in the geosciences
  • Demonstrable interest in public policy – no prior policy experience required
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with others
  • Ability to complete assignments in a fast-paced work environment

Preferred Education & Experience:

  • Some familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), html and web editing, and social media (Twitter).

Employee must be legally eligible to work in the United States.

AGI provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.

Spring Geoscience Policy Internship - Applications Open: August 1 / Application Deadline: October 15

Summer Geoscience Policy Internship - Applications Open: October 16 / Application Deadline: March 1

Fall Geoscience Policy Internship - Applications Open: February 1 / Application Deadline: April 15

*We are currently only accepting applications for the Spring 2019 Geoscience Policy Internship*

Send inquiries only to govt@americangeosciences.org. View past intern profiles here

 

Critical Issues Internship

Level: BA/BS or MA/MS

Join the American Geosciences Institute as a Critical Issues Intern! The Critical Issues Program supports well-informed public and individual decision making by providing relevant geoscience information on critical issues to decision makers, with particular emphasis on the state and local levels. The program makes geoscience information more discoverable to decision makers through our web-based information products, webinar series, forums, and research database. 

AGI seeks outstanding geoscience or geo-related engineering students (undergraduate or graduate level) and recent graduates with a strong interest in state and local science policy, science communication, and outreach. During the 12-week summer internship, the Critical Issues Intern will develop geoscience-based content for the program's website and help to expand our network of state and local decision makers. Interns will hone their research, writing, web-publishing, and communication skills while gaining a first-hand understanding of the applications of geoscience in decision-making from the federal to the local level. The Critical Issues Program works closely with the Geoscience Policy Program, so the Critical Issues Intern will also have the opportunity to attend and report on occasional briefings and geoscience policy events in Washington, DC.

AGI accepts one Critical Issues Intern for the summer term lasting 12 weeks, and the starting date will be in mid-May to early June, to be determined based on the schedule of the successful applicant. For more details, see the Critical Issues Intern position description below.

Title:  Critical Issues Intern

Classification: Full-time, Non-Exempt

Salary Grade/Level: $5,000 for 12 weeks (Summer) / $5,500 for 14 weeks (Spring, Fall)

Location:  AGI Headquarters, Alexandria, VA

Reports to: Program Supervisor, Policy and Critical Issues

Position Objective:  

Learn about the role of the geosciences in decision-making from the national to the local level while researching and writing original web content for AGI’s Critical Issues program

Essential Functions:

  • Research and write original web content (frequently asked questions, factsheets, case studies) on applications of the geosciences to societal issues in five main topic areas: climate, energy, mineral resources, natural hazards, and water
  • Help to maintain AGI’s Critical Issues webpages, keeping existing content up to date and working on projects to improve and expand existing content
  • Attend webinars, some meetings, and events pertaining to geoscience and geoscience policy
  • Assist with the production of AGI’s Critical Issues webinar series, including live-tweeting and monitoring audience questions
  • Provide some logistical and administrative support for AGI’s Critical Issues program

Other Duties:

  • Write an article for AGI’s EARTH magazine on a decision-relevant geoscience topic of your choice
  • Occasionally help with AGI’s Geoscience Policy Twitter account
  • Other duties as assigned

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

Work is largely in an office setting with long periods sitting/standing at a desk. Travel into DC for meetings, briefings, hearings, or other events approximately once every two weeks.

Required Education & Experience:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student, or recent graduate (last 2 years), in the geosciences
  • Demonstrable interest in the relevance of the geosciences to society and decision making, particularly at the state and local level
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with others
  • Ability to research, synthesize, and communicate complex topics for a non-expert audience

Preferred Education & Experience:

  • Some familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), html and web editing, and social media (Twitter).

Employee must be legally eligible to work in the United States.

AGI provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.

Summer Critical Issues Internship - Applications Open: October 16 / Application Deadline: March 1

*We are not yet accepting applications for the Summer 2019 Critical Issues Internship at this time*

Send inquiries only to cipinfo@americangeosciences.org. View past intern profiles here

 

William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship

Level: Ph.D. 

Spend 12 months in Washington, D.C. working as a staff member in the office of a Member of Congress or congressional committee. The William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship is a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the legislative process and to make practical contributions to the effective and timely use of geoscience information on issues relating to the environment, resources, natural hazards, and federal science policy. 

Funding for the fellowship is provided through an endowment established by the AGI Foundation to honor William L. Fisher, the Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources and Professor at the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas, Austin. For more information please see The Fisher Endowment

The Fellow will be an employee of AGI for the duration of their fellowship with an annual salary of $68,000. The Fellow will be eligible for AGI benefits including group health insurance, and there is an allowance for  relocation costs and approved travel. It may be possible to extend the fellowship for up to an additional 4 months.

Qualifications:

Prospective applicants should have a broad geoscience background and excellent written and oral communication skills. Although prior experience in public policy is not necessary, a demonstrable interest in applying science to solving public problems is desirable. A Ph.D. at the time of appointment or a master's degree in engineering plus three years of professional engineering experience is required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or already eligible to work in the United States. Applicants must also be a member of one of AGI's member societies, a list of which is available here.

To apply, interested candidates must submit the following materials as a single document - Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF (.pdf) - using the online submission form by the deadline on February 1, 2019.

  • A cover letter - The candidate's cover letter should include an addendum listing the society memberships with membership numbers, and the names and contact information of your three references. 
  • A statement of purpose - The statement of purpose should include your reasons for applying for this Fellowship, what you would bring to the Fellowship, and what you hope to gain from the Fellowship. It should be brief, no more than 1000 words in length.
  • A curriculum vitae

Applicants must also provide three letters of reference. Letters of reference should be submitted by the application deadline through the reference online submission link or by regular mail to the address below.

American Geosciences Institute
ATTN: Geoscience Policy Program
4220 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302

William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship - Applications Open: October 16 / Application Deadline: February 1

*Applications for the 2019 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship will open on October 16, 2018*

Send inquiries only to govt@americangeosciences.org. View past fellow profiles here

 

The Fisher Endowment:

Funding for the fellowship is provided through an endowment established by the AGI Foundation to honor William L. Fisher, the Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources and Professor at the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas, Austin. Fisher served as the inaugural Dean and previously as the Director of the Jackson School. For three decades before that Fisher served as the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the state geologist of Texas. At the national level, Fisher served as the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Energy and Minerals under President Ford. Over several administrations, he has been advisor to the President and Secretaries of Energy and the Interior, and he has chaired numerous National Research Council committees and boards. For more information on Fisher and the endowment, please see the column "Endowing the AGI Congressional Fellowship" that appeared in the October 2003 issue of Geotimes Magazine (now EARTH Magazine). 

 

Other Fellowship Opportunities:

Several of AGI's member societies also sponsor congressional science fellowships. For more information please contact:

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Institute of Physics, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and other related societies offer similar Congressional Fellowships, and AAAS also offers Executive Branch Fellowships. It is acceptable to apply for a position with more than one society in a given year.