S&T Policy Fellowships Orientation

New AAAS Fellows are required to attend an two-week orientation program at the start of the fellowship year. The goal of orientation is to provide fellows with essential facts about the legislative and executive branches, to help define fellows’ roles and to offer information and contacts that will be useful in their assignments. Below is the summary of our September Orientation Program:

PRE-ORIENTATION SESSION

  • AAAS Stipend Fellows Administrative Session
  • Briefing on the DCSTFI Insurance Plan
  • Congressional Fellowships 101 (Congressional Fellows Only)
  • Ethical and Legal Requirements in Congress (Congressional Fellows Only)

DAY 1 – INTRODUCTION TO THE FELLOWSHIPS, GOVERNMENT & POLICY

  • Overview of Orientation and the Fellowship Year
  • AAAS: A Voice for Science
  • The Wild, Wacky, Wonderful World of Policy
  • The American Experiment in Government
  • "Speed Bonding" Introduction Exercise

DAY 2 – THE FEDERAL BUDGET & ECONOMICS

  • Introduction to the Federal Budget
  • An Interactive Workshop: Writing an Appropriations Bill
  • Keynote Luncheon: Economic Policy
  • “Speed Bonding” Part II

DAY 3 – SCIENCE POLICY

  • Science Policy vs. Science for Policy: What It Is, What It Isn't, and Who's Involved
  • Translating Science to Inform Policy
  • Impact of AAAS S&T Fellowship Program on the Progress of World‐wide Science and
    Engineering: A Personal Perspectivee
  • Welcome Gathering

DAY 4 – SCIENCE ADVICE TO THE PRESIDENT / THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

  • Science Advice to the U.S. President
  • The Lawmaking Process
  • Keynote Luncheon: A Congressman's Perspective on Congress
  • The Congressional Vortex: How Influences on Congress Effect Policy & the Nation

DAY 5– LEGISLATIVE BRANCH / EXECUTIVE BRANCH IMMERSION

  • Concurrent Sessions:
    • All Executive Branch Fellows:
      • The Constitution and the Structure of American Government
      • Effective Writing in the Executive Branch
      • Panel: Executive Branch Fellows
      • How to Function Effectively in the Executive Branch
    • All Congressional Fellows at the Congressional Research Service Institute

DAY 6 – CHECKS & BALANCES: POWER IN CONGRESS, THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, & THE PRESIDENCY

  • Legislative Branch: The Structure and Powers of Congress
  • The Executive Branch: Structures, Functions, & Cultures
  • Keynote Luncheon: Governing America
  • Federal Agency Cooperation and Completion
  • Group Photos

DAY 7– DIPLOMACY, SECURITY & DEVELOPMENT

  • Science, Technology & Global Security
  • Science, Diplomacy & Foreign Policy
  • Keynote Luncheon: Is Diplomacy Relevant in a Digital, Globalized World?
  • Addressing Grand Challenges: Global Water Game

DAY 8 – APPLYING SCIENCE TO INFLUENCE CHANGE

  • Policy Stakeholder Panoply
  • Science, Technology & the Courts
  • Civic Engagement: Putting Your Science to Work!
  • Wrap-Up and Next Steps

DAY 9

  • Congressional Placement Process
  • Agency-Specific Orientations