The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network is offering a ten-week science policy-focused internship in Washington, DC for students who are interested in broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), or careers in science policy or science education. The program will take place May 29 –August 3, 2012. The application deadline is Friday, February 10, 2012. On-line copies of the application are available for download.
- Mentorship by an NSF program officer involved in implementing science policy and in managing/directing national programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
- Housing during the ten-week program
- Round-trip airfare and ground travel reimbursement
- A stipend for full-time participation ($4,000, paid in three installments)
- Networking opportunities with other interns from across the country
During the internship, students will have an opportunity to: (1) increase their understanding of how science policy is made; (2) further develop their potential for becoming leaders and proponents of increased participation in science and engineering by students from underrepresented minority groups; (3) become knowledgeable about potential/actual barriers preventing minority students from receiving a high quality mathematics/science education; and (4) become familiar with policies, programs, and strategies being implemented to address such issues. The students also will strengthen their research, communications, and other professional skills, and develop a peer network that includes QEM summer interns from across the country.
Students who wish to participate in the internship must currently study a STEM field and must be returning to a degree-granting institution the following academic year.