The Application and Selection Process
To apply to the Policy Internship Program, you will need to submit an application and get a recommendation (including a letter and a Reference Form). The application also requires an informal photograph, a one-page resume, and a transcript. Download the Application Form and Reference Form to apply to become a 2013-2014 PIP Intern. More detailed instructions are also on the Application Form.
All application materials must be received by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 5, 2012. The application form should be submitted by email to the Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org; recommendation letters and Reference Forms may be provided by email or in hard copy. (See instructions on Application form.)
The Application Process
1. Learn as much as you can about the program before submitting an application. It will help you to decide if the program suits you and to write a more convincing application.
2. Download an application form and follow the instructions for completing and submitting the application and submit it by the deadline above.
3. Download a letter of reference form and follow the instructions carefully.
Interviews and Selection
1. Applicants will be notified by November 9th if they have been selected for an interview.
2. If selected for an interview, come prepared.
3. Finalists will be notified whether they have been accepted into the program by November 20th. Finalists accepting the offer will then need to enroll in STS 3020, Science and Technology Policy for Interns.
Some government agencies, particularly those that require security clearances, require separate applications and may have deadlines BEFORE the application deadline for the Policy Intern Program. In particular, the Department of State application is generally due at the end of October. Students who want to intern at the State Department (either in Washington or abroad) must therefore submit two applications: one to our program and one to the State Department (using its own forms and procedures).
Please note that the application decisions are separate and independent. You might be accepted into the State Department program but not into the Policy Intern Program, or vice versa. If you are accepted into our program but not into the State Department, we will find you another placement in Washington, DC. If you are accepted in the State Department program but not the Policy Intern Program, you may of course accept the State Department position, just as any other student who gets an internship without being a part of the S&T Policy Intern Program.