Paleontological Society Geoscience Policy Internship [at the American Geosciences Institute]

Deadline to Apply: March 31

The Paleontological Society will support two of its student members to develop a research/policy project as a Geoscience Policy Intern with guidance from the American Geosciences Institute.  The intern will work with AGI and the Paleontological Society Governmental Affairs subcommittee members on substantive work remotely and while at AGI. They will be part of the policy-making process in Washington, DC, where they will observe, study, and report on how policy making intersects with and affects the geosciences, and meet with policy-makers about their project. They will hone their writing and web publishing skills while gaining first-hand policy experience and improving their understanding of the legislative process.


Applicants must be current student members of the Paleontological Society. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States, and currently enrolled in graduate geoscience-related degree program. The total salary for the 7-week internship is $6,750, and the internship is mostly remote. The successful applicants will begin this program with 3 weeks of collaborative and independent project development with AGI and PS, followed by ten days in Washington, DC, meeting with relevant policy-makers and stakeholders about their project, and ending with 3 weeks of project development culminating in a product for PS members. This internship is remote, except for in-person component in Washington, DC in late June. The start date is flexible and will be determined based on the schedule of the successful applicant. The in-person component of the internship is based at AGI’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, on the edge of Washington, DC.

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AGI’s Geoscience Policy program represents the shared interests of the geoscience community in Washington, D.C., and actively works with Congress and federal agencies to foster better communication and public policy for the geosciences in areas including water, energy and mineral resources, natural hazards, environmental protection, and federal funding for geoscience research and education.

For more information, please contact Lydia Tackett.