AIBS offers several public policy training opportunities for current and recent graduate students in the biological sciences.
As part of its focus on engaging scientists in the public policy process, AIBS has established the Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. The award recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences and science education who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in science policy. EPPLA recipients receive first-hand experience at the interface of science and public policy.
The winners will receive an expense paid trip to Washington, DC, to participate in meetings with their congressional delegation, training and information on the federal budget and appropriations process, a 1-year AIBS membership, a complimentary 1-year subscription to BioScience, and a copy of Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm Eastern Time on 13 January 2013. View the application for the 2014 award.
The American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) and AIBS are pleased to announce the availability of an internship in the Washington, DC AIBS Public Policy Office. The internship is open to ASM members who are currently enrolled in a graduate program or who have completed a graduate degree no more than one semester prior to the starting date of the internship, and who are engaged in research that will contribute to our understanding and conservation of mammals. The internship is for three months during fall 2012, and carries a generous monthly stipend of $2,000. Selection criteria include demonstrated interest in public policy process, strong communications skills, and excellent academic record.
The ASM-AIBS Public Policy Internship is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in public policy at the national level. By working with the AIBS Public Policy Office, the intern will learn how scientific societies, non-governmental organizations (NGO's), executive branch agencies (e.g., NSF, USGS), and the legislative branch interact to craft science policy. Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
The application deadline for the fall 2012 internship has passed. For more information about the internship, including how to apply, download the program flyer.
The AIBS Public Policy Office, located in downtown Washington, DC, periodically offers paid and unpaid science policy internships for current and recent graduate students in the biological sciences. This unique public policy training opportunity provides young scientists with valuable first-hand experience in public policy. Past interns have worked on science policy projects including planning a Capitol Hill science policy briefing, preparing science policy documents, conducting research on science and science education policy initiatives, and attending Congressional and executive branch meetings.
To apply for a paid or unpaid internship, please send the following information to publ...@aibs.org:
The AIBS Public Policy Office offers a unique opportunity for AIBS member societies and organizations to advance their public policy goals through the competitively selected AIBS Graduate Student Science Policy Fellowship. The program offers current graduate students pursuing a degree in the biological sciences the chance to spend three to six months in AIBS' Public Policy Office, located in downtown Washington, DC. During this period, the Fellow gains first-hand science policy experience while working on a science policy project that advances the goals of the sponsoring member society.
AIBS has in the past sponsored Congressional Science Fellows through the AAAS fellowship program (http://fellowships.aaas.org/). This AIBS program is currently on hiatus and may be reactivated at a later time.