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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: Oct. 15, 2018
Geoscience Policy Intern, American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Join AGI 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 geo-related engineering students or entry level 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.
Additional information.

Deadline: Dec. 8, 2018
Internship, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and China Environment Forum
The China Environment Forum offers internships for students with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on topics of environmental and energy challenges in China. The Communications and Design Internship is designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity to gain practical experience in an environment that combines graphic design, communications, and public policy. The internship also provides opportunities to attend events within the Wilson Center and around Washington, D.C. The Research Internship is designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy.
Additional details.

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. 
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Graduate and Professional Students

Deadline: Oct. 1, 2018
The APF Annette Urso Rickel Foundation Dissertation Award for Public Policy, American Psychological Association
This award supports dissertation research on public policy, which has the potential to improve services for children and families facing psychosocial issues such as prevention of child abuse, school programs for children with psychological issues, services for youth in the criminal justice system, healthy parenting, math and science education, and contributing to the adoption of sound policy affecting children, youth and families.
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Deadline: Oct. 12, 2018
Government Relations Student Externship Program, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
The AVMA extern program pairs talented veterinary students together with the AVMA Government Relations Division for a four-week program that introduces externs to the breadth of public policy issues facing the profession and provides hands-on lobbying experience with legislators and staffers on Capitol Hill. Externs will discover the scope of veterinary medicine in the various branches of the government while expanding their understanding of the legislative process and the veterinarian's role in that process. It's an opportunity to learn a facet of the profession that you won't find in school – and make a difference in shaping the profession at the same time.
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Deadline: Oct. 15, 2018
Geoscience Policy Intern, American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Join AGI 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 geo-related engineering students or entry level 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.
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Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: Oct. 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.
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Deadline: Oct. 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.
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Deadline: Oct. 31, 2018
Jefferson Science Fellowship, U.S. Agency for International Development/U.S. Department of State/U.S. National Academy of Sciences
On October 8, 2003, the U.S. Secretary of State announced the Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program, establishing a new model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and international development programming. The JSF program is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and is supported through a partnership between the U.S. academic community, professional scientific societies, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The JSF is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. The application period opens in early August and closes at the end of October. Selected JSFs spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID as science advisors on foreign policy/international development issues. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise. Following the fellowship year, Fellows will return to their academic career but remain available to the U.S. government as an experienced consultant for short-term projects.
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Job Postings

Deadline: Sept. 26, 2018
Deputy Executive Director/Secretary, Universities Research Association
The Universities Research Association, Inc. (URA) is seeking applications to fill the corporate position of Deputy Executive Director/Secretary at its headquarters in Washington DC. URA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation consisting of over 90 premier research oriented universities. URA shares responsibility with the University of Chicago for the management of the Fermi National Laboratory through the Fermi Research Alliance, LLC (FRA) and is a member of the Honeywell-led team, National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS) team in the new management contract of the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL or Sandia). URA also receives funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for US participation in the operation of the 19-member Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory in Argentina. The Deputy Executive Director/Secretary (DED) is an officer of the Corporation, appointed by the URA Board of Trustees, and a member of the URA executive management team. The DED is a member of a small corporate team and works with and through the Executive Director in supporting and implementing all aspects of corporate office responsibility to the Board of Trustees and assists in formulating URA policy and strategy. He/she contributes to the effective management of URA financial, human and physical resources both at URA headquarters and the URA Sandia Site Office. Science policy background required.
More information.

Deadline: Oct. 15, 2018 (priority deadline)
Emerging Contaminants/PFAS Fellowship, Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
The call for applications has reopened, with the application deadline extended to Monday, December 3, 2018, at 17:00 EST. Midpoint review: Applications received by Oct. 15, 2018, will be reviewed by the CASE Fellowship Selection Committee. If a fellow is selected from this pool of applicants, then the call for applications will be closed prior to the Dec. 3, 2018, with notification of the change disseminated electronically and via
Application information available here.

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2018
Division Director for Social and Economic Sciences - Directorate for Social, Behavior, and Economic (SBE) Sciences, National Science Foundation
The Division Director serves as a member of the SBE Directorate leadership team and as a principal spokesperson in social and economic sciences for the Foundation. Provides leadership and direction to the NSF Division responsible for funding research and education activities, both nationally and internationally, to develop and advance scientific knowledge and methods focusing on our understanding of individuals, social and organizational behavior by creating and sustaining social science infrastructure, and by supporting disciplinary and interdisciplinary research that advances knowledge in the social and economic sciences. The incumbent has managerial and oversight responsibilities for the effective use of division staff and resources in meeting organizational goals and objectives (e.g., broadening participation). Assesses needs and trends involving the social and economic sciences, implements overall strategic planning and policy setting for the Division, provides leadership and guidance to Division staff members, determines funding requirements, prepares and justifies budget estimates, balances program needs, allocates resources, oversees the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations, and represents NSF to relevant external groups. Supervises and provides leadership and guidance to senior staff (Deputy Division Director), program officers, administrative and support personnel. Fosters partnerships with other divisions, directorates, federal agencies, scientific organizations, and the academic community.
More information.

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2018
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship
The AAAS STPF is open to anyone following completion of a terminal degree. Now in its 45th year, this prestigious fellowship provides opportunities for outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about federal policymaking while using their knowledge and analytical skills to address today’s most pressing societal challenges. Applications for the 2019 fellowship year open on August 1, 2018.
Program and application information here.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Science and Technology Cooperation Program Analyst, Office of Science and Technology Cooperation (OES/STC) - Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State
The contractor will assist in the design, implementation and oversight of capacity building programs that focus on science and technology innovation, most notably the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative. Program components require coordination and cooperation with State Department functional and regional bureaus (and the Interagency, to include the Executive Office of the President. The contractor will work on a team consisting of civil service, Foreign Service, and contractor personnel. Duties include program development and management, funds management, and strategic event planning. Experience with U.S. foreign policy, especially relating to science and technology capacity building is desired. The contractor must be able to hold and maintain a SECRET clearance.
For more information, please contact Jared Banks and Andrew Hebbeler.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Conservation Science Officer, Pew Charitable Trusts
The conservation science (CS) program works to generate and synthesize scientific research that informs conservation policy and frames solutions to global environmental challenges. The CS team enhances the scientific foundation for Pew’s environmental work by providing centralized technical expertise, developing research projects, and identifying new scientific results relevant to Pew’s existing and emerging conservation interests. Integrating the results of peer-reviewed research into public policy and campaign strategy development are significant components of the program’s work. The officer serves as the principal liaison to staff working in Pew’s two environment portfolios – Americas and International, and Pew’s strategy team on issues relating to economics and is responsible for encouraging the development of economics initiatives that inform new and existing campaign strategies. In addition to providing high-level expertise in economics across a wide range of topics to project and strategy teams, the officer leads CS’s collaboration with Pew strategy and policy staff to develop, fund, and manage a broad array of economics research projects which inform Pew’s environmental program areas.
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Deadline: As soon as possible
Program Development Consultant/Manager, Thrivner, Inc.
The successful candidate will be able to coordinate strategy generation and the tactical implementation, which requires developing, implementing, and coordinating programs; leading while serving; balancing strategic and tactical agendas simultaneously; facilitating answers to national science and technology policy questions; managing effective internal and external communication, both written and spoken; and providing expert logistical facilitation. It also requires content knowledge about the science and policy aspects of environmental issues overall and climate change and extreme events, in particular. This work requires both the ability and the desire to interface directly with clients to understand and to co-create outcomes and strategy; lead and facilitate meetings; and provide outstanding service. We at Thrivner pride ourselves on being both thinkers and doers; the successful candidate must be skilled in both arenas. 
Please contact Emily Wallace for more information.

Deadline: As soon as possible
ORISE Fellowship, Oak Ridge Institute - U.S. Department of Energy
The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program serves as a next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers by providing opportunities to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C.  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.
Learn more.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Multiple positions, Urban Policy - Dexis/U.S. Agency for International Development
Dexis is seeking applicants for multiple positions to complete an assessment of the implementation of USAID's Sustainable Service Delivery in an Increasingly Urbanized World Policy (Urban Policy). The goals of assessment are to examine whether the approach and principles outlined in the policy are being used in programming and design and to identify gaps and lessons learned to improve policy implementation in the future. This task is part of the Learning and Knowledge Management (LEARN) contract’s work with the Policy Office in USAID’s Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning. Applications are currently being accepted for both an , who will lead the assessment approach, data collection and draft the final report, and for a , who will support the Urban Assessment Lead. All work will be completed in close collaboration with Policy Office staff. Anticipated start date is October 2018.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Policy Analyst, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
The AGU Public Affairs Department is hiring for a Policy Analyst. The Public Affairs Analyst elevates AGU’s status among U.S. Congress and the Administration by enabling AGU to respond more rapidly and comprehensively to Capitol Hill and media requests. The Analyst will review policy and make recommendations for AGU, and will oversee the Public Affairs editorial strategy, including our online presence, reports, materials for policymakers, our science policy blog The Bridge, and more. They will also help engage AGU members in science policy events and activities through creation and dissemination of informational resources for its membership.
More information.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Science Policy Analyst, American Institute of Physics (AIP)
The AIP is seeking a Science Policy Analyst for a one-year term. Based on the results of an in-progress, organization-wide strategic review, AIP may choose to extend the term or make the temporary role a regular position. The successful candidate will actively monitor and analyze federal policy developments for FYI, an authoritative news and resource center for science policy. Under the guidance of the Acting Director of Science Policy, the analyst will write, edit, and publish content for multiple FYI products as part of an editorial team. Specifically, the analyst will: write summaries of legislative activity, budget proposals, leadership changes, and other policy developments relevant to the physical sciences; attend and report on congressional hearings, federal agency briefings, scientific society meetings, and other events relevant to science policy; contribute content to a suite of FYI newsletters and resources, including web-based tools for tracking federal science budgets, legislation, and leaders; and participate in weekly editorial meetings and editing other team members’ articles.
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Deadline: As soon as possible
West Coast Policy Analyst (Bilingual), Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
We are seeking a smart, forward-thinking climate analyst to join our team in Oakland, CA. In this role, you will research, analyze and write reports, fact-sheets and other materials on the preparedness of vulnerable sectors and populations in California to cope with the current and projected impacts of climate change, particularly related to water impacts. You will work in Spanish and English, in collaboration with our climate science team. You will also participate in outreach activities to strategically raise awareness in California and the west coast of climate change consequences, including ecological and economic costs that can be avoided by sound climate policies. This key position will help with UCS’ efforts to provide the public and policymakers with robust, timely, accessible and relevant information on climate science as it relates to water management.
Additional details.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Results and Measurement (R&M) Director, Pact
At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. The R&M Director provides leadership on monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) for Pact’s integrated approach to development. The R&M Director leads Pact’s global MERL strategy; coordinates the R&M team at headquarters and the R&M Community of Practice across Pact’s offices; provides technical MERL input to projects at proposal and implementation stages; leads on technical measurement and research initiatives; and disseminates Pact’s results, expertise, and innovations to a variety of internal and external audiences.
Learn .

Deadline: As soon as possible
Senior Director - Grasstops Advocacy, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
The AAMC seeks a Senior Director, Grasstops Advocacy. Experienced in grasstops advocacy strategy development and implementation, the Senior Director of Grasstops Advocacy is a new position, responsible for developing, directing, and implementing a grasstops advocacy program. Key responsibilities include developing the systems and infrastructure needed to identify and engage grasstops advocates from among member institutions who can educate and influence key federal officials on issues important to AAMC and its members. The Senior Director will report to the AAMC Chief Public Policy Officer and work in close coordination with the association’s government relations, as well as, where appropriate, the staffs of departments responsible for strategic communications (including grassroots advocacy initiatives), health care affairs, academic affairs, scientific affairs, and other units important to public policy advocacy.
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Deadline: As soon as possible
Senior Associate - Lenfest Ocean Program, Pew Charitable Trusts
The environmental science division (ESD) works to generate and synthesize scientific research to inform conservation policy and frame solutions to global environmental challenges. Within ESD, the Lenfest Ocean Program sponsors and communicates peer-reviewed research projects on timely marine policy issues, specifically focused on marine ecosystems, fisheries, wildlife, and climate. The program's highly integrated method of supporting of scientific research to inform current and emerging policy questions involves a use-driven project development process combined with targeted communications and engagement with stakeholders. The senior associate works with colleagues to implement overall outreach engagement activities consistent with the program's strategic plan. The senior associate also works to develop and implement project outreach plans to link scientific results to diverse end users. The position includes networking with policy and management audiences across a range of marine conservation issues; connecting with non-profit, industry, and other stakeholders interested in program supported scientific research; and implementing impactful outreach strategies that help science inform decision-making and advance the program’s strategic goals. 
More information.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Ocean Advocate, Oceana
Oceana is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans. Oceana’s campaigns are directed at achieving measurable improvements in public policy. The ocean advocate reports to Oceana’s senior director for federal policy and will focus primarily Oceana’s campaign to stop offshore drilling, which is currently focused on stopping the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and defending the existing moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. The ocean advocate leads the campaign’s federal advocacy with Congress and the executive branch, under direction of the campaign director, and working closely with the field, communications, science, legal, and development teams. The ocean advocate may also assist with other campaigns, and in fulfilling other organizational objectives. The position is based in Washington, D.C. Occasional travel is required.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (ODASD(SE)) Microelectronics Initiative, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
The subject matter expert will support the development, implementation, and sustainment of DoD’s near and long-term microelectronics strategy. The selected candidate will support development of new ideas and opportunities for the transition and demonstration of new trust and assurance approaches to advanced microelectronics; support development of verification and validation techniques at government laboratories, the associated policy and guidance, and promote best practices for industry; organize and facilitate microelectronics workshops and technical interchange meetings with government, industry, and academia; support development of Congressionally-mandated status reports; author and prepare DoD senior leader reports, briefs, issue papers, policies, and guidance; and more.
To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Sheryl Jones.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Coordinator - Conservation Policy and Advocacy, Shedd Aquarium
The Coordinator of Conservation Policy and Advocacy works to advance the policy and advocacy mission of Shedd. S/he contributes to the research, analysis, planning and coordination needs of the Aquarium’s ocean/Great Lakes/local conservation policy program. The Coordinator works under the direction of the Senior Director, Conservation Policy and Advocacy, to execute the day-to-day activities and tactically implement the objectives of the conservation policy and advocacy team at Shedd Aquarium. In particular, the Coordinator performs research and analysis of state, federal and international ocean policy issues relevant to the Aquarium’s ocean conservation goals; works with the Senior Director of Conservation Policy and Advocacy to develop and execute policy strategies at the state, federal and international levels; and assists the Senior Director to implement and execute of the conservation policy and advocacy annual work plans including all programmatic, budget, grant management and evaluation goals.
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Deadline: As soon as possible
Research Fellow - Shifting Landscape, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
The AGU Shifting Landscape Program seeks to strategically respond to societal forces affecting the Earth and space scientific enterprise, including working to elevate the profile of AGU’s sciences, educate policy makers and the media about the critical value to society of these sciences and engaging the scientific community to be more involved in such communication efforts. The Shifting Landscape Research Fellow will conduct research and carry out projects in conjunction with AGU’s policy and strategic communications teams to further these strategic efforts. The Fellow will be responsible for conducting research and developing materials for two policy-related reports, as well as fact sheets, and supporting the policy and communications teams as needed. This is an ideal position for someone interested in science communication and science policy. One-year fellowship.
More information.


Thursday, Oct. 4 at 2:30 p.m. EDT
Innovation Crossroads Fellowship, U.S. Department of Energy
As a member of Innovation Crossroads Cohort 3, you’ll be part of a unique community of scientists, engineers, technologists and entrepreneurs who are committed to accelerate the transition of world-changing ideas to the marketplace. As a fellow, you will receive:

  1. A two year fellowship – Innovation Crossroads provides a living stipend, health insurance and travel allowance for up to two years so that innovators can be 100% focused on their start-ups.
  2. R&D funding – In addition to unparalleled access to facilities, equipment and expertise at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, innovators receive R&D funding to support collaboration opportunities with researchers across the lab.
  3. Business mentors, entrepreneurial training and networking – Participants receive access to experienced business mentors, entrepreneurial training programs and exclusive networking opportunities. Innovators are also exposed to a wide range of leaders from academia, industry, government and finance that can serve as advisors and partners.

Oct. 5-8, 2018
June 12-16, 2019

Greenermind Summit
Greenermind is a community of change-makers in the San Francisco Bay area and in Washington, D.C.  We host the Greenermind Summit -- one part adult summer camp, one part unconference and one part restorative retreat. Is there a talent show? Yup. Do we make music around the campfire? Yup. Will you learn about cutting-edge ways people are solving wicked problems like sanitation in the developing world, gender bias at work, oceanic plastic pollution, affordable housing policy and more? Duh — it wouldn’t be Greenermind without some serious nerding out. At Greenermind you'll meet mission-driven people from diverse backgrounds. We are entrepreneurs, educators, designers, scientists, nonprofit leaders, corporate managers, artists, policy experts, front-line activists and more.
to see who you'll meet this year.

Deadline: Oct. 26, 2018
National Science Foundation (NSF) 2026 Idea Machine
The NSF announces the launch of the NSF 2026 Idea Machine, a prize competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and STEM education. Participants can earn cash prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by NSF. It's an opportunity for researchers, the public and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF's mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries that drive the U.S. economy, enhance national security and advance knowledge to sustain the country's global leadership in science and engineering. Entries will be accepted through Oct. 26, 2018.
For more information, including entry instructions, eligibility, rules and judging criteria, please visit the .

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