Science Policy Internship Program (SPIP)

Science, Engineering, and Mathematics majors are encouraged to apply to the Science Policy Internship Program to experience how scientists and engineers play in an important role in national policymaking, government regulation, and other activities at the interface of science and public policy. 

The Science Policy Internship Program is offered during the summer quarter, but if you are interested in participating during the academic year, speak to the UCDC Coordinator.

Internships can be performed at a variety of organizations:

  • National Children’s Hospital
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • USDA Forest Service
  • Wilderness Society
  • American Assn. for the Advancement of Science
  • George C. Marshall Institute
  • National Geographic Society
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Department of Energy
  • American Chemical Society
  • Environmental and Energy Study Institute
  • Food and Water Watch
  • Climate Institute
  • National Institute of Health
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
  • Department of Agriculture/National Arboretum

Science Policy Fellowship

As result of a generous grant from the Division of Materials Research of the National Science Foundation, Prof. Seth Cohen from Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSD is able to offer the Science Policy Fellowship. Students in any science, engineering, and mathematics major will be considered, with a preference for those in the chemical sciences. Students must complete an internship related to science policy.

Four fellowships of $1,500 will be awarded. Fellowships can be used to help defray travel and housing costs during the quarter or semester spent at UCDC as part of the Science Policy Internship Program. STEM majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an interest in Science Policy internships are eligible for this fellowship after being accepted into the UCDC program. 


To apply, follow the general application instructions for summer quarter. In addition, complete the application form and submit your resume, cover letter/personal statement, and unofficial transcript to by April 10th, 2017

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