DIRECTOR’S OFFICE, COMMUNICATIONS
The focus of the Director’s Office is to promote and support the Administration’s S&T priorities and to ensure the effectiveness of research and development funding within the Federal budget. An important component of OSTP’s duties is to convey those messages to the public through media and community, business, and industry outreach. Intern candidates who wish to work on communications issues at OSTP should possess strong written and verbal communication skills, deep knowledge of electronic social media, and the ability to work well on short deadlines while handling several projects. OSTP also oversees several Presidential Awards on behalf of the President, including the National Medal of Science, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and awards recognizing outstanding efforts along the STEM pipeline. Interns in the Director’s Office may also be called upon to help with Presidential Awards through raising awareness about the awards, preparing nominations for the President’s decision, and planning and executing recognition activities involving OSTP Director John Holdren and President Obama.
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
The Office of the Chief Technology Officer focuses on leveraging technology to improve citizen services and government outcomes. Some the Office’s initiatives include liberating government data for the purposes of fueling innovation and economic growth, installing top technologists in government through the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, improving our Nation’s technical capabilities for disaster response, and using technology to fight human trafficking. The Office of the Chief Technology Officer is looking for interns who have a driving passion for technology and government. Ideal candidates are highly technical and have a vision for how government can be used as a platform to fuel innovation and better citizens’ lives.
ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY (E&E)
The Environment and Energy division at OSTP is dedicated to advancing our Nation’s abilities to observe, understand, and respond to critical issues in the environment and energy domain by coordinating and strengthening investment in relevant S&T initiatives across the Federal government. The division leads the White House effort to fortify S&T capacity in a number of fields including climate science, earth observations, ocean science and technology, renewable energy development, ecosystem preservation and services, natural disasters, toxics and pollution prevention, natural resource management, and sustainability.
NATIONAL SECURITY & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (NSIA)
The National Security & International Affairs Division leads the White House effort to ensure appropriate application of S&T to homeland and national security initiatives throughout the Federal enterprise. NSIA initiatives support the security of our Nation while also working in a manner that promotes commerce, travel, and privacy protection. NSIA activities span the entire threat domain (war zones, border and transportation security, daily domestic law enforcement, and catastrophic events), as well as the technology domain (basic/advanced/applied research, standards, test and evaluation, and collaboration with public and international partners). NSIA seeks interns with practical experience and an interest in applying the intersection of science and policy to meet critical national security needs.
The Science Division focuses on maintaining a broad Federal research program that 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 maintains global leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics 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 wellbeing, education, and national security. 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 degree in one of the sciences (physics, biology, chemistry, social or behavioral sciences, etc.) is preferred.
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION (T&I)
The Technology and Innovation division leads the White House effort to foster new ideas and encourage government-wide coordination to help the Nation meet its policy goals such as job creation, national competitiveness, abundant clean energy, and unsurpassed public education. The Technology and Innovation division seeks to leverage innovation to improve global development, capitalize on academic research to build a smarter government, build coalitions to address America’s grand challenges, and push the boundaries of space exploration. Technology and Innovation interns are ambitious young people who are open minded, creative, and curious that can bring their visions to life.
PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL OF ADVISORS ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (PCAST)
PCAST is an advisory group of the Nation’s leading scientists and engineers, who directly advise the President and the Executive Office of the President. PCAST makes policy recommendations in the many areas where understanding of science, technology, and innovation is key to strengthening our economy and forming policy that works for the American people. Student interns work with the Executive Director, PCAST co-chairs, and PCAST members leading studies on locating and analyzing data and information, developing background papers, and other tasks necessary to facilitate PCAST studies and events.
NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL (NSTC)
he National Science and Technology Council advises the President on and advances the President’s stated goals in science and technology program execution and coordinates science and technology policy development. NSTC members are from across the Federal Government and work to integrate the President’s science and technology policy agenda across their departments and agencies. The Office of the Executive Director of the NSTC works to coordinate processes and content relating to publications and group charters. The unique vantage point of the NSTC provides the opportunity to recognize capability needs that straddle multiple communities, sectors, and stakeholder forums and while calling attention to those common science and technology research and development needs critical to advancing Administration priorities.
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Fall Application Deadline: June 17th
Spring Application Deadline: October 28th