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White House Intern Program
OSTP Intern Program
The Office of Science
and Technology Policy (OSTP) is responsible for advising the President
in policy formulation and budget development on all questions in which
science and technology are important elements. In addition, we are
the primary lead in interagency efforts to develop and implement science
and technology policies and budgets that are coordinated across Federal
agencies. As such, this work environment is unique and demanding.
The assignments can involve a wide range of duties: substantive research
and writing assignments, assembly of information for reports and briefing
papers, administrative support, and other duties.
Dr. Neal Lane heads the White
House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Dr. Lane is
the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Policy and Director,
Interns are accepted throughout
the year, usually for a period of three months (no more than 90 consecutive
days). We encourage a wide-range of individuals to apply. The
White House is an equal opportunity employer.
While these positions are
without compensation, the assignments provide educational enrichment and
can be a challenging learning experience.
Requirements: The following
information is required when applying for an
internship. You may apply to more than one division
within the OSTP.
Must be a U.S. citizen
Enrolled, not less than half-time,
in an accredited college, university or other accredited educational institution
Resume (w/cover letter)
Copy of transcripts
Letters of Recommendation (optional)
within the Office of Science and Technology Policy (in alphabetical order)
focus of the Director's Office is to promote and support the Administration's
position on science and technology and preserve research and development
funding within the federal budget. Therefore, a large portion of
the OSTP's duties is to convey those messages through media, community,
and business/industry outreach programs.
The Director's Office is looking
for interns who can facilitate these programs by coordinating and managing
events and writing press releases and media advisories. Daily activities
include maintaining an OSTP calendar of events for our Home Page on the
World Wide Web, compiling a press digest for the President and Vice President,
writing response letters to general inquiries and administrative support.
Intern candidates must possess
strong written and verbal communication skills along with a desire to work
in a busy office. The high volume of work requires individuals who
respond well under pressure and who have the ability to handle several
projects simultaneously. Although an interest in science and technology
issues is preferred, we would not turn away candidates with proven writing
skills, maturity, professionalism and a clear record of academic and/or
Rosina Bierbaum heads the Environment Division of the Office of Science
and Technology Policy (OSTP). Dr. Bierbaum welcomes the opportunity to
provide qualified undergraduate and graduate students with an insight into
U.S. environmental science and technology policy.
The Environment Division is
responsible for advising the President and senior Administration officials
on all environmental questions in which science and technology are important
issues. The Division is also charged with the interagency coordination
of environmental research programs, analysis and assessment of the scientific
and technical aspects of environmental issues, and the organization of
integrated, interdisciplinary research initiatives to respond to emerging
environmental issues. Some of the issues currently addressed include
global climate change, energy efficiency, environmental technologies, sustainable
development, air and water quality, hazardous and solid waste, natural
disaster reduction, and risk management.
Student volunteers can
expect to perform various duties, which include, but are not limited to,
the following: daily environmental news gathering and analysis, researching
priority issues, attending Congressional hearings and briefing as an OSTP
liaison, participating in working group meetings, and providing support
for Administrative staff. Students will also interact with other
Executive Office of the President and White House offices, Federal agencies,
Congressional offices, and other public and private organizations.
Science and Technology Council (NSTC) / Executive Secretariat Office:
Joan Porter serves as the Executive Secretary to the NSTC Office.
Dr. Porter reports to the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
who also serves as the Director of the OSTP. This office is a service
organization responsive to the primary NSTC organizational units, representing
23 Executive Branch Federal agencies/departments and entities in the Executive
Office of the President (EOP), as well as groups interested in the Federal
science and technology enterprise, including the private sector (universities,
industry, associations), State and local government, international, the
media, and Congress. In addition, the EOP serves the highest level
private sector science and technology (S&T) advisory group to the President
Candidates must possess excellent
written and oral communication skills, be able to prioritize and handle
multiple-tasks, all of which are critical for this fast-paced, high pressured,
but rewarding, work environment. Knowledge of various computer programs
is a must, and familiarity with the Internet and information systems is
helpful. The appropriate individual must be resourceful, responsible,
and able to work well independently, as well as, in a group setting.
Students are expected to work a minimum of twenty hours per week.
The NSTC Office is looking for
interns at the college level with a preferable emphasis on political science,
public service/policy, or government. The intern should have an interest
in the workings of the Executive Branch and the EOP, policy research and
development, and interagency dynamics. The opportunity exists for
completion of a special research project to satisfy academic requirements.
The intern will assist the Executive Secretariat's staff with a variety
of functions, and should possess the following skills:
Knowledge of PC-based software
(word processing skills and familiarity with the Internet).
Excellent written and verbal
Knowledge of grammar, punctuation,
and correspondence format.
Ability to handle multiple tasks
Interns will serve the following
Perform an array of clerical
- Respond to phone calls and requests for NSTC Publications and information.
- Collate and assemble information for meetings, conferences, etc.
- Prepare reports, meeting minutes, and other correspondence for distribution.
Assist with daily office maintenance:
- Make photo copies
- Answer Telephones
- Greeting visitors
- Miscellaneous errands inside and outside the building
Security and International Affairs (NSIA) Division:The
National Security and International Affairs Division (NSIA) of OSTP leads
the White House effort to use science and technology in the service of
our national security, and to shape and coordinate international cooperation
in S&T. The national security agenda includes: defense technology
investments in an era of downsizing; technical aspects of arms control
and non-proliferation policy; technology transfer and related export policies;
and intelligence technology. The international agenda includes: using
U.S. leadership in S&T to support U.S. foreign policy objectives; strengthening
American S&T in the context of an increasingly interdependent world;
using international cooperation in S&T to support economic goals; and
enhancing international cooperation in large-scale science programs.
NSIA depends heavily on
interns, and we've been extremely fortunate over the years to have benefited
from the hard work of high-caliber students. We are looking for candidates
who an interest in international science and technology programs, national
security issues, the workings of the Executive Branch and the Executive
Office of the President, policy research and development, and interagency
NSIA is looking for candidates
that have a clear record of achievement, notable poise, an eagerness to
enter into the dealings of the division, the ability to write well under
pressure, and experience in research and presentation. These attributes
will be well used during an internship with NSIA. We encourage a
wide-range of individuals to apply, from science to government majors.
Interns are accepted throughout
the year, usually for a period of three months. During the summer,
the commitment has been halved to six to seven weeks though that can be
Interns are called upon
to fulfill a variety of functions, including:
Contact with Foreign
Governments. Much of our work in international S&T
requires contact with foreign representatives through phone calls, letters,
and meetings. We look to capable interns to facilitate many of these
Representation at U.S.
Government Functions. We also ask our interns to represent
OSTP in important interagency meetings and rely on their ability to communicate
any outcomes or decisions.
Materials under Pressure. Many of the meetings which
Dr. Neal Lane and the Associate Director for NSIA attend require a great
deal of preparation, ranging from background papers to talking points.
We will often turn to our interns to prepare parts of these briefing books
and materials. Much of this must be accomplished under tight deadlines.
and Writing. A majority of the focus of the International
Affairs Division in OSTP is on developing strategies for S&T cooperation
with key countries. We often rely on our interns to do background
research for initial drafting of these strategies.
Arthur Bienenstock serves as the Associate Director for Science.
The Science Division focuses on maintaining a broad Federal research program,
based on excellence, which advances the frontiers of knowledge and supports
critical national goals through a strong link to education. The division
leads the White House effort to ensure that the United States continues
to maintain global leadership in science, mathematics, and engineering
research. It also ensures that science continues to provide support
for the successful resolution of some of the most important problems in
the areas of health, agriculture, the economy, energy, social well-being,
education, and national security. The division actively supports
the goals expressed in Science in the National Interest, detailed below:
Maintain leadership across the
frontiers of scientific knowledge.
Enhance connections between
fundamental research and national goals.
Stimulate partnerships that
promote investments in fundamental science and engineering and effective
use of physical, human, and financial resources.
Produce the finest scientists
and engineers for the twenty-first century.
Raise scientific and technological
literacy of all Americans.
House Intern Program: Call
(202) 456-2742 for more information.
The Science Division is looking
for interns with strong verbal and written communication skills, experience
in research and presentation, and working knowledge of basic computer applications.
A major or degree in one of the sciences (physics, biology, chemistry,
social or behavioral sciences, etc) is preferable.
The intern will work primarily
with one of the three Assistant Directors (for Life Sciences, for Physical
Sciences, or for Social and Behavioral Sciences) in the division on a major
project. The intern also will be expected to assist with daily office
activities (phones, faxes, copies, etc.) and any special division projects
that may require additional help, such as Presidential awards events.
Moore serves as Associate Director for Technology. The Technology
Division is seeking an intern candidate who will assist the Division with
a variety of duties. Some of the issues currently being addressed
are the International Space Station, space shuttle, remote sensing, commercial
space activity and international cooperation in space.
Interns are integrated into
the day to day staff work and report to the Assistant Director of Space
& Aeronautics. Some knowledge of NASA's program, space technologies
and policies is helpful. Interns are required to have excellent organizational
and writing skills. The following responsibilities include:
Analysis of space & aeronautics
policy issues relevant to the Assistant to the President for OSTP, the
President and the Vice President
Prepare briefings and talking
Staff events as necessary
Assist with daily office maintenance
(faxes, copier, phone, reception)
Run miscellaneous errands inside
and outside the building
We believe this internship will
help students gain experience in policy management and development.
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