Colorado Science & Engineering Policy Fellowship
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Description
The Colorado Science and Engineering Fellowship is designed to give policy making experience to undergraduate and graduate students with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Throughout the session, each fellow will conduct his/her own policy research project in addition to learning more about STEM policy through seminars and industry site visits. Last year’s site visits included the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Google Boulder Campus, Noble Energy, and the National Wind Technology Center. Last year’s speakers included Bob Randall, the Executive Director the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Jack Ihle, ‎the Director of Environmental Policy for Xcel Energy, Thad Kurowski, the Senior Policy Advisor for Tesla, and Mark Dyson, Principal with the Electricity Practice at the Rocky Mountain Institute. Fellows will work with Colorado State Representative Chris Hansen and Colorado State Senator Bob Rankin, both of whom have had extensive careers in the energy and technology industries, as well as substantial legislative experience working in the Capitol.

The upcoming session will take place from May 29 - July 26, 2019, for which 15-20 fellows will be chosen. Fellows will be given a $4000 stipend to cover cost of living in the Denver Metro Area and travel.

2018 Fellows' Testimonials
“I love the fact that this internship is hands on. You have the opportunity to talk to legislators and staff at the Capitol and put your ideas into something that can become a law. Having a STEM background, most of us don’t realize one of the paths we should be taking is science policy. To me, this was an incredible opportunity to apply what I’ve been researching for 6 years now and boil it down to something that can change the future in Colorado.”
-- Zitely, Colorado State University


“It’s really changed the course of my career in a lot of ways. It has made policy an option I’m willing to pursue. Even if I decide not to pursue it, I have a much deeper understanding on how policy and the state government play a role. No matter what, I’m able to be a more engaged citizen in the state of Colorado.”
-- Isaiah, University of Colorado at Boulder


"This was probably one of the best experiences in my life...It's interesting to see how politics work from the inside--I realize things work different than I expected. Hopefully I can be a policy maker one day, I would love to work for the energy sector."
-- Rafael, University of Denver

Application Instructions
Applicants must be a senior undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in a STEM subject.

Only completed applications will be considered. A complete application includes the following:
- A completed application form
- Two short essays
- A copy of your resume and academic transcript

Applications must be completed by Friday, March 1, 2019. Selected applicants will be invited to the Colorado State Capitol for a second round interview, after which recipients of the fellowship will be chosen.

For more any questions regarding the fellowship or application process, please contact: Kevin Quinn at kevin@hansenforcolorado.com

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