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Monday, August 26, 2013

OSTP Internship Program

The Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Spring 2014 Internship Program.  The application deadline is 11:59pm Friday, October 4, 2013. Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled during the Spring 2014 semester are welcome to apply.
More information and application instructions are available athttp://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/about/student/

Divisions of OSTP 


Law students who would like to apply for this program have a unique opportunity to gather insights into the practice of law at the highest levels of the United States Government. Prior OSTP Interns have worked on a wide range of challenging substantive matters, including employment, appropriations, fiscal law, government contracts, ethics, information disclosure, international agreements, litigation, and pending legislation. OSTP’s “small firm” environment provides law students with the opportunity to work closely with senior attorneys, gain practical legal experience, and network with other emerging members of the legal profession. Interns work under the supervision of OSTP’s General Counsel. Students in law school and LLM programs are encouraged to apply using the "Legal" application. [Note: "Division" applicants will not be considered for a legal internship in the Director's office]. 


The focus of the Director's Office is to promote and support the Administration's S&T priorities and to ensure the effectiveness of research and development funding within the Federal budget. An important component of OSTP's duties is to convey those messages to the public through media and community, business, and industry outreach. Intern candidates who wish to work on communications issues at OSTP should possess strong written and verbal communication skills, deep knowledge of electronic social media, and the ability to work well on short deadlines while handling several projects.


OSTP oversees several Presidential Awards on behalf of the President, including the National Medal of Science, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and awards recognizing outstanding efforts along the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) pipeline including K-12 math and science teachers, early career scientists and engineers, and mentors of people who are from groups that are typically underrepresented in scientific and technical fields. Interns help raise awareness about the awards, prepare nominations for the President’s decision, and plan and execute recognition activities (such as award ceremonies and photo opportunities) involving OSTP Director John Holdren and President Obama.  Previous interns have also assisted with additional OSTP and Presidential events.  Candidates should have strong written and verbal communication and research skills, be well-organized and able to manage a variety tasks simultaneously, and be comfortable interacting with the public.    


The Environment and Energy division at OSTP is dedicated to advancing our Nation’s abilities to observe, understand, and respond to critical issues in the environment and energy domain by coordinating and strengthening investment in relevant S&T initiatives across the Federal government. The division leads the White House effort to fortify S&T capacity in a number of fields including climate science, earth observations, ocean science and technology, renewable energy development, ecosystem preservation and services, natural disasters, toxics and pollution prevention, natural resource management, and sustainability.


The National Security & International Affairs Division leads the White House effort to ensure appropriate application of S&T to homeland and national security initiatives throughout the Federal enterprise. NSIA initiatives support the security of our Nation while also working in a manner that promotes commerce, travel, and privacy protection. NSIA activities span the entire threat domain (war zones, border and transportation security, daily domestic law enforcement, and catastrophic events), as well as the technology domain (basic/advanced/applied research, standards, test and evaluation, and collaboration with public and international partners). NSIA seeks interns with practical experience and an interest in applying the intersection of science and policy to meet critical national security needs.


The Science Division focuses on maintaining a broad Federal research program that advances the frontiers of knowledge and supports critical national goals through a strong link to education. The division leads the White House effort to ensure that the United States maintains global leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research. It also ensures that science continues to provide support for the successful resolution of some of the most important problems in the areas of health, agriculture, the economy, energy, social wellbeing, education, and national security. The Science Division is looking for interns with strong verbal and written communication skills, experience in research and presentation, and working knowledge of basic computer applications. A degree in one of the sciences (physics, biology, chemistry, social or behavioral sciences, etc.) is preferred.


The Technology Division leads the White House effort to foster new ideas and encourage government-wide coordination to help the Nation meet its policy goals such as job creation, national competitiveness, high-quality affordable health care, abundant clean energy, and unsurpassed public education. The Technology Division also leads efforts to unleash the power of government data to advance policy goals, promote a free and open Internet, and make high-speed wireless broadband available across the country. In addition, the Technology division encompasses fields such as space and aeronautics, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, and robotics.


PCAST is an advisory group of the Nation’s leading scientists and engineers, who directly advise the President and the Executive Office of the President. PCAST makes policy recommendations in the many areas where understanding of science, technology, and innovation is key to strengthening our economy and forming policy that works for the American people. Student Volunteers work with the Executive Director, PCAST co-chairs, and PCAST members leading studies on locating and analyzing data and information, developing background papers, and other tasks necessary to facilitate PCAST studies and events.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please refer to our FAQ section or contact us at the information provided below.
Telephone: (202) 456-6008
Fax: (202) 456-6022
OSTP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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