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AIP Mather Policy Intern Program (with SPS)

Primary Institution: Society of Physics Students
Affiliation: American Institute of Physics
City: College Park
State: MD
Job Duration: 9.5 Weeks, Summer, 2010
Class Requirement: soph - senior year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Position Type: Policy
Description: The primary purpose of the AIP Mather Policy Internships (supported by the John and Jane Mather Foundation for Science and the Arts) is to promote awareness of and interaction with the policy process in Washington DC for select undergraduate physics students.  This is accomplished through direct engagement in science policy issues and efforts in the nation's capital.  AIP Mather Policy Interns are incorporated within the existing SPS internship program. Application forms will become available on the SPS website in January.

SPS internships are designed to create broad-based experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate physics majors, in science research and educational endeavors in our nation's capital.   The AIP Mather Policy Intern Program expands the SPS program into the public policy arena by providing for up to 2 policy interns in this pilot year, benefitting from the SPS Intern Program's administration and structure that includes established selection procedures, housing, stipend, travel support and orientation. At the same time, the AIP Mather Policy Interns program benefits from AIP's Media and Government Relations Division's (MGR) extensive and effective public policy programs, including the Congressional and State Department Fellowship Programs, which place Ph.D. physicists and related scientists in both Congress and the State Department.

The AIP Mather Policy Interns will work with an appropriate set of advisors and mentors in Washington DC to provide new experiences for the intern concentrated on the workings of Congress. Another important aspect of the program is that the interns benefit from each other's internships. SPS interns are expected to brief the other interns about their own specific assignments and institution, sharing their experiences with each other by planning ½-day "field trips" to appropriate sites and events such as NASA facilities, NIST laboratories and science day-camp educational demonstrations. As part of this larger program, the AIP Mather Policy Interns will introduce other SPS interns to the public policy process through one or more field trips to appropriate science policy events or locales---Congressional hearings, governmental agencies and/or facilities, for example. Additionally, to further the impact of the program, the interns are expected to document their experience via weekly web journal entries, through a formal closing presentation at the American Center for Physics, and a presentation at an appropriate physics society meeting.
Stipend: $3,750
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/01/2010
Job Website: http://www.spsnational.org/programs/internships/
Additional Information: Regarding the criteria for selection, Mather Public Policy Intern candidates must demonstrate:
(1) a solid scholastic physics background and potential for future success,
(2) evidence of participation in SPS events and activities,
(3) evidence of experience/interest in science policy,
(4) evidence of excellent communications skills.

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Kendra Rand
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Email: krand@aip.org
Phone: 301-209-3047
Secondary Contact: Gary White
One Phsyics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Email: gwhite@aip.org
Phone: 301-203-3013
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