S&T Policy Fellowships Orientation

New fellows are required to attend a two-week orientation program at the start of the fellowship year. Orientation provides information about the legislative and executive branches, helps define fellows' roles, and offers context and contacts that will be useful in fellowship assignments.

PRE-ORIENTATION SESSION

  • AAAS Stipend Fellows Administrative Session
  • Briefing on the DCSTFI Insurance Plan
  • Congressional Fellowships 101 (Congressional Fellows Only)
  • Security Briefing for USAID Fellows
  • Congressional Fellows’ Mixer

DAY 1 - INTRODUCTION: AAAS POLICY FELLOWSHIPS, GOVERNMENT & POLICY

  • Overview of Orientation and the Fellowship Year
  • AAAS: A Voice for Science
  • Effective Professional Engagement
  • "Speed Bonding" Introduction Exercise
  • The American Experiment in Government

DAY 2 - SCIENCE POLICY: WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY & HOW

  • Science Policy vs. Science for Policy
  • Translating Science to Inform Policy
  • Keynote Luncheon: The Role of Social Science in Policy
  • The Wild, Wacky, Wonderful World of Policy
  • Welcome Gathering

DAY 3 - THE FEDERAL BUDGET & ECONOMICS

  • Introduction of the Federal Budgeting Procedure
  • The Federal R&D Budget
  • Keynote Luncheon: Economic Influences on Policy
  • An Interactive Workshop: Writing an Appropriations Bill

DAY 4 - THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH

  • Science Advice to the U.S. President
  • The Executive Branch: Structures, Functions, & Cultures
  • Keynote Luncheon: Governing America: Presidential Leadership and Power
  • Federal Agency Cooperation and Competition: Energy and Global Change Case Study

DAY 5 - THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

  • How to Think About Congress and the Lawmaking Process
  • Keynote: Congressional Perspectives on Congress
  • The Congressional Insight
  • Group Photos

DAY 6 - DIPLOMACY, SECURITY & DEVELOPMENT

  • Dialogue on Diplomacy, Security, and Foreign Policy
  • Private/Public/NGO Partnerships for International Development
  • Keynote Luncheon: Intersection of Diplomacy and Science Policy
  • Addressing Grand Challenges: Global Water Game

DAY 7 - The JUDICIAL BRANCH & Scientists in Public Service

  • The Judiciary and Science Policy
  • The Constitution and the Structure of American Government
  • Professional Development Planning
  • Putting Your Science to Work!
  • Closing Keynote: The Importance of Policy Savvy Engineers and Scientists
  • Wrap-Up, Next Steps, and Send-off

DAY 8 - LEGISLATIVE BRANCH / EXECUTIVE BRANCH IMMERSION

  • Concurrent Sessions
    • All Congressional Fellows at the Library of Congress
    • All Executive Branch Fellows at AAAS

DAY 9

  • Congressional Placement Process
  • Agency-Specific Orientations