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AGI/AIPG Summer Internships in Geoscience Policy

Are you interested in:
What role science plays in public policy?
How Congress affects the geosciences?
How to become an active citizen-geoscientist?

Would you like to:
Apply your science knowledge to public policy?
Meet with key federal science policymakers?
Attend House and Senate hearings?
Conduct research on current policy issues?

YES? Then come be a Geoscience Policy intern at the American Geosciences Institute (AGI).  Representing the geoscience community in Washington DC, the program actively works with Congress and federal agencies to foster sound public policy in areas that affect geoscientists, including water, energy, and mineral resources; geologic hazards; environmental protection; and federal funding for geoscience research and education.

AGI seeks outstanding geoscience students (undergraduates and Masters level) with a strong interest in federal science policy for a semester-long internship in geoscience and public policy. Interns will gain a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and the operation of executive branch agencies. They will enhance their oral and written communication skills and develop web publishing skills. Specific activities for the interns include:

  • Monitoring and analyzing geoscience-related legislation in Congress.
  • Updating legislative and policy information on AGI's web site.
  • Attending House and Senate hearings and preparing summaries.
  • Responding to information requests from AGI's member societies.
  • Attending meetings with policy-level staff members in Congress, federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences.

AGI is planning to accept three interns for the summer at a fixed stipend of $5,000 apiece. Stipends for the interns are funded jointly by AGI and a generous grant from the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) Foundation. The internship lasts twelve weeks, and the starting date will be based on the schedule of the successful candidate.

Please submit application materials, preferably as a single PDF, using our online submission form by March 15. Applications must include a cover letter stating your science and policy interests and what you feel you can contribute to the geoscience and policy program, a resume, and the names, and contact information for three references. Additionally, each applicant must send AGI an official copy of their college transcripts. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled in, or recently completed, a geoscience bachelor or masters degree program. Students enrolled in a doctoral or law degree program cannot be considered for the internship. All application materials for the summer internship must be submitted online by March 15 and transcripts postmarked on or before March 15.

Transcripts should be sent to:

American Geosciences Institute
Geoscience Policy
4220 King Street
Alexandria VA 22302-1502

Inquiries only to

AGI is an equal-opportunity employer and especially welcomes applications from women and minorities.

Please send any comments or requests for information to AGI Geoscience Policy at

Last updated March 17, 2011.





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