Technology and Public Policy Fellowship for Undergrads

From Professor Hans Klein:
This may be of interest to undergrad and grad students.

The Tisdale Fellowship is designed for outstanding graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in technology and public policy. Undergraduates must be in either their junior or senior year. The selection committee will be looking for students with a concrete record of academic achievement and civic mindedness (community activities or organization). A background in computer science or other high- technology fields is helpful but not required.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2009
Applicants notified by: March 15, 2009
Program: June 15 – August 7, 2009The Fellowship has two components: a full-time 8 week public policy internship with a high-tech company, firm or trade association, and weekly issues seminar lunches hosted by Tisdale sponsors. The Fellowship offers a $5,000 grant to students who are accepted.

The first of its kind, the Eben Tisdale Fellowship brings eligible students to Washington, D.C. for internships that explore current public policy issues of critical importance to the high technology sector of the economy. The Fellowship has two main elements:

1) Internships: One principal feature of the Fellowship is an eight- week internship in the government relations office of a leading high technology company or association. In the recent past, fellows have interned at such companies as Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Infotech Strategies. While sponsoring companies will vary from year to year, the Advisory Board makes every effort to retain high quality internship opportunities. Fellows have an opportunity to observe first hand the development and advocacy of public policy issues in Congress, the Administration and industry associations and to participate in projects of their own, focusing on current critical issues.

2) Issues Seminar:The other main element of the fellowship is a weekly issues seminar organized with the assistance of the sponsoring companies and associations. Expert speakers lead discussions of current public policy issues in Washington, and the methods the high technology industry uses for effective advocacy. In the past, topics have included global electronic commerce, protection of privacy, export controls, digital intellectual property protection, biotechnology issues and educational technology policy. The seminars give Fellows an opportunity to reflect on the appropriate role industry policy advocacy can have on public policy making at the Federal level. Conducted over lunch, the seminars also provide a weekly venue for fellows to meet and compare notes on their experiences.

Fellows also are encouraged, through a variety of events and discussions, to reflect on how growing high technology affects society, culture and the global economy.

The goal of the Fellowship is to create a supportive and collegial environment in which a new class of public policy professionals will be mentored to help ensure that the high-tech industry continues to have highly capable and well-trained individuals in both policy advocacy and senior management positions.

Who is eligible for a Tisdale Fellowship?

Students with an interest in public policy and the high-tech industry in their Junior or Senior year, or in a graduate program are welcome to apply. A background in computer science or other high technology fields is helpful, but not required. Additionally, international students are also eligible for the Fellowship.

The selection committee will evaluate your application, official transcripts, evaluation forms, and an essay. The Board will then recommend the most outstanding applicants to the program. The Board will be considering your completed application materials, as well as looking for:

* Examples of a strong interest in a career in high-tech public policy;
* Civic mindedness and participation in community activities or organizations;
* Past academic achievements;
* Strong recommendations from faculty, supervisors, colleagues, or other professionals who can attest to your intellectual and personal qualifications for this Fellowship
Important 2009 Dates

Application Deadline: February 15, 2009
Applicants notified by: March 15, 2009
Program: June 15 – August 7, 2009


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