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, contact your UCDC Campus Coordinator. 

Internships can be performed at a variety of organizations:

  • Department of Energy 
  • 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
  • American Chemical Society
  • Environmental and Energy Study Institute
  • Food and Water Watch
  • Food and Water Watch
  • Climate Institute
  • National Institute of Health
  • Department of Agriculture/National Arboretum
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

Science Policy Fellowship

As result of a generous grant from the Division of Materials Research of the National Science Foundation, Professor Seth Cohen from Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSD is able to offer the Science Policy Internship Program (SPIP).

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 and must participate in a Science Policy related internship. (e.g., policy making institution, federal agency, think tank, etc.)

Six fellowships of $1,500 will be awarded annually. 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. 


To apply, follow the general application instructions for the UCDC program. In addition, complete the SPIP Application Form and submit your resume, cover letter/personal statement, and unofficial transcript to



UCDC 2019 Fall Program

June 15

UCDC 2021 Winter Program

Nov 11


Prior Student Internships

Internship positions previously held by UC Past SPIP Fellowship recipients

Summer 2018



UC Campus

Bureau of Land Management

Conservation & Resource Studies

UC Berkeley

American Institute of Physics

Bioengineering Biosystems UC San Diego

 Environmental Protection Agency

Mechanical Engineering - Physics UC Irvine


Summer 2017



UC Campus

American Forests

Environmental Systems

UC San Diego

Forum for Youth Investment (Healthcare)

Biology UC San Diego

Consortium for Universities for Global Health

Chemistry UC Santa Barbara
Dept. of Health & Human Services Mathematics UC Davis