CEI wants to help graduate students become well-rounded professionals. Many students are interested in science policy as an aspect of their training and as a possible career. These resources will help you develop policy skills and find opportunities.
On-Campus Organizations and Programs
Science at the Market
Washington State Organizations, Internships, and Programs
Out of State Organizations and Programs
Out of State Internships
Out of State Fellowships
Post-Graduate Fellowship (Requires Masters)
Post-doctoral Fellowship (Requires PhD)
Examples of Careers in Science Policy
- Congressional or federal science advisor – stay up-to-date on science and technology; provide advice on scientific, engineering, and technological aspects of economy, security, health, foreign relations, environment, etc.; assists in management and budget review; serves as source of scientific judgement and technological analysis and judgment with respect to policies, plans, and programs
- Consultant – create frameworks and guidelines for regulation; assess changes and concerns in current technologies; develop, test, and deploy useful technologies
- Diversity advisor – ensures that federal policies are protective of underrepresented minorities, people with low income, communities of color, etc.; helps organize and mobilize citizens to campaign for policies; research and prepare presentations for legislative hearings
- Education & Outreach Manager – coordinates and assists with creating public education and marketing plans and materials; write engaging and informative text for press or instructional purposes; organize outreach efforts at events, shows, etc.; communicates effectively to diverse audiences
- Higher education policy analyst – studies how public, private, and for-profit universities are affected by government regulations; prepares briefs on relevant policy proposals; does background research on collaborations for university partnerships; research and prepare presentations for legislative hearings
- Judicial analyst or research associate – provides education and training for judges and employees of the federal court; coordinates educational programs for federal public defenders; does research into aspects of case management, alternative dispute resolutions, proposed amendments to rules, etc.
- Judicial defense scientist – understand and explain science behind regulations; advocate for regulations that are consistent with science, health policy, and environmental law; provides testimony and scientific briefings for members of congress, federal advisory committees, etc.
- Lobbyist – advocating for budgets, laws, or regulations; develops campaigns, advocates, fundraises, and advertises agendas aimed at specific issues; research the development and operation of political system, political ideas, trends, etc.; speak on behalf of special interest groups or industries to influence voting and implementation of laws.
- Policy analyst or advisor – monitoring and reporting the activities of federal agencies, congress, etc., represent organization at meetings and conferences, writing papers and briefs; communicating scientific findings to the public
- Science communication and engagement – presents science-related topics to non-experts, including the public and policy makers; communicate policy to scientists; create science exhibitions, articles, media production, etc.; address scientific misinformation