Careers - Policy

The information on this page is meant to serve as starting point for students who are exploring career options in academia and beyond. Many of the listed organizations and publications are intended specifically for students. Information will be updated regularly; please contact Karen Harmin (karen_harmin [at] to suggest an update. In addition, students are encouraged to get in touch with the contact people associated with each of the career areas in the DMS "Paths Program."



Paths in DMS - Policy

Harvard's Division of Medical Sciences Policy Path helps to inform, encourage, enable and connect students interested in a career in science policy or non-profits with alumni, professors and policy professionals.


Harvard GSAS Science Policy Club

A resource for students interested in science policy and communication. Past topics include: applying for policy fellowships, careers in science communication, environmental advocacy, and recruitment sessions with nonprofit organizations.


MIT's Science Policy Initiative

Sponsors an email listserv, a monthly lunch, regular science communication workshops. Lobbies members of Congress on science policy issues.


Harvard's Kennedy School of Government

The KSG offers courses that may be relevant to students interested in policy. Check the Harvard Course Catalog for current listings.


AAAS Fellowships

The American Association for the Advancement of Science manages and administers Science & Technology Policy Fellowships to provide the opportunity for accomplished scientists and engineers to participate in and contribute to the federal policymaking process while learning firsthand about the intersection of science and policy.


National Academies Christine Mirzayan Fellowship

Fellows develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science policy at the federal, state, or local levels. Eligible applicants should have completed graduate studies within the last five years.


California Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

These fellowships place professional scientists and engineers in the California State Legislature for one-year appointments.



Offers recently graduated PhDs exposure to a range of activities regarding science policy and congressional and government relations.


OSTP Student Volunteer Program

Student volunteers work closely with senior White House officials and science and technology (S&T) policy analysts. Volunteer terms are for 90-day periods.


AIBS Public Policy
The American Institute of Biological Sciences offers a Graduate
Student Science Policy Fellowship
and Policy
Internship[ Opportunities

Kaiser Family Foundation database
Links to fellowships and internships in health policy and related fields.

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