Congressional Science Fellows spend a year working as a staff member for a Member of Congress or congressional committee.
The purpose of the program is threefold:
contribute to more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in government;
provide a unique public policy learning experience and educate the earth science community about the public policy process;
broaden the perspective of the earth science and governmental communities regarding closer interactions between scientists and policy makers.
GSA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are among more than 20 science and engineering organizations that sponsor a Congressional Fellow each year. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) coordinates the fellowship program and provides a two-week orientation program, assists with the process of finding a congressional office, and sponsors professional development activities throughout the year for all Fellows.