IEEE-USA created the Congressional Fellowship program in 1973 to:
to make practical contributions to, and promote more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in government;
help educate the scientific and engineering community on the public policy process; and
broaden the perspectives of the science, engineering and governmental communities regarding the value of such interaction.
Since inception, more than 100 IEEE U.S. members have worked on Capitol Hill as advisors to Congress, serving on the personal staff of a U.S. Senator or Representative, or the professional staff of a Congressional Committee of his or her choosing.
Each year, the IEEE-USA Government Fellows Committee selects two eligible IEEE members from a pool of applicants to serve a one-year fellowship on Capitol Hill. Selections are made on the basis of the applications and in-person interviews with the Committee. The Committee is composed of IEEE members, some of whom are former fellows. The IEEE-USA Board approves the Committee's selections.