Applications for the fall OSTP Student Volunteer Program will be accepted through Friday, June 25th. The program is seeking highly motivated and dedicated individuals interested in science and technology policy. Applicants must be US citizens and be enrolled, not less than half-time, in an accredited college, university, or other educational institution. Students who wish to participate in this program during the fall semester may work at OSTP on a part-time or full-time basis.
OSTP has responsibility for a variety of important and exciting policy, planning, and communications challenges that student volunteers can have the opportunity to work on. In the Director’s Office, for example, volunteers may help organize interagency policy programs and events that support the Administration’s science and technology agenda. The Science Division offers students the chance to explore policy development relating to the life sciences, physical sciences, and behavioral sciences. The Technology Division focuses in large part on emerging technologies, including information technology and nanotechnology, and their interface with public policy. Opportunities also exist in the fields of energy and environment and national security. Or volunteers may take on duties with the National Science and Technology Council, OSTP’s Open Government Initiative , or the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Students who volunteer at OSTP can expect to gain an up-close perspective on the day-to-day business of policy development for the wide range of science and technology activities being addressed by the Obama Administration. OSTP’s Student Volunteer Program also provides students with a valuable educational and networking experience. The deadline for the fall 2010 application was recently extended to Friday, June 25th, so apply today. Please make sure that you include all of the required documents, as described here, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!