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Opportunities with AGI’s Government Affairs Program (GAP)

Updates on Geoscience-related Policy

Monthly Review, Special Updates and Action Alert notices about relevant geoscience-related policies are available by email. Just send a “subscribe to monthly review” message to

Follow AGIGAP on Twitter for timely announcements of geoscience-related policies.

Follow geoscience-related policy through the GAP web pages, where you can find summaries of appropriations, hearings, legislative branch actions and events, executive branch action and events, member society policy activities, science coalition activities and much more.

Congressional Visits for Geoscientists

Geoscientists are invited to join organized groups of scientists and engineers for workshops and visits with congressional members and committees in April and September 2011. Decision makers need to hear from geoscientists. Become a citizen geoscientist and join many of your colleagues for a workshop followed by a day conducting visits with members of Congress or congressional staff on Capitol Hill to speak on the importance of geoscience research, development, and education.
April 6 - 7, 2011
Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day (SET-CVD), a larger event for all the sciences.
September 2011
Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD), an event specifically geared towards geoscientists.

Congressional Fellowship Opportunities – Apply Soon

The American Geological Institute is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship. The successful candidate will spend 12 months (starting September 2011) in Washington working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or on a congressional committee. The fellowship represents a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the federal legislative process and make practical contributions to the effective and timely use of geoscientific knowledge on issues relating to the environment, resources, natural hazards, and federal science policy.

The AGI Fellow will join more than two dozen other scientists and engineers for an intensive orientation program on the legislative and executive branches, organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which also guides the placement process and provides educational and collegial programs for the fellows throughout the year.

A flyer about the fellowship that can be posted on career placement bulletin boards is available.

Several of AGI's member societies sponsor Congressional Science Fellowships. For further information, visit the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, the American Society of Civil Engineers or the Soil Science Society of America. AAAS offers a number of fellowships for Congress and the executive branch. The American Institute of Physics (AIP) offers congressional and State Department fellowships. AGU is a member society of AIP, so AGU members are eligible for the AIP fellowships. It is acceptable to apply to more than one opportunity. Stipends, application procedures, eligibility, timetables, and deadlines vary, so please visit the websites soon for more information.

Geosciences and Policy Internships in Washington DC

The American Geological Institute's Government Affairs Program offers summer and semester internship opportunities for geoscience students (undergraduates and/or Masters students) with an interest in public policy and in how Washington impacts the geoscience community. Interns gain a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and the operation of executive branch agencies while enhancing their writing, research, and web publishing skills. Stipend support is generously provided by AGI, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the American Institute of Professional Geologists Foundation. Deadlines for online submission of applications are March 15 for summer, April 15 for fall and October 15, 2011 for spring 2012.

The American Geophysical Union, the Soil Science Society of America, the American Institute of Physics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society offer similar internships that may be of interest to geoscience students. Please visit their web sites or contact AGI at for more information.

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