Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Internship Program of the National Academies, Washington, D.C.

September 23, 2003

This Internship Program of the National Academies--consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council--is designed to engage graduate and postdoctoral students in science and technology policy and to familiarize them with the interactions among science, technology, and government. As a result, students in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, business, and law develop essential skills different from those attained in academia, which will help them make the transition from being a graduate student to a professional.

We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for our 2004 program. This year, the internship program will comprise three sessions:

  • Winter: January 12 through April 2 (12 weeks with a possible 4 week extension).
  • Summer: June 1 through August 6 (10 weeks).
  • Fall: September 7 through November 24 (12 weeks).

To apply, candidates should submit an application and request their mentor fill out a reference form. Both are available on the Web at

The deadline for applications is November 1 for the Winter program, March 1 for the Summer program, and June 1 for the Fall program. Candidates may apply to all three programs simultaneously.

Additional details about the program and how to join our mailing list are also available on the Web site. Questions should be directed to:

Here is what four intern alumni said about the program:

"If you're like me-confused about your future and needing to get away from grad school and the lab for a little perspective - this internship will definitely be worth your while! You really do learn what the heck science policy is all about, and get the opportunity to contribute something of value to your unit."

"This is an important career building opportunity for people interested in the scientific community outside academia. Even if you plan to pursue a traditional academic track, seeing science from a policy perspective is very enlightening. There is something valuable in this experience for first year grad students to recent PhD's. Come with an open mind and expect to learn more than you bargained for."

"A really great experience for those from the "soft sciences" who have an interest in S&T policy or if you're trying to figure out what else you might want to do outside of academia. This was a great opportunity to bridge the gap and gain a new understanding and appreciation for how it all works, the people involved, and the profound difference it can make in the end (and all long the way)."

"This program will open your mind to a world rarely envisioned from the confines of laboratory bench work. I learned an immeasurable amount about the policy and politics behind science and after the internship opens your mind, it opens career doors."


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