Tech Policy Opportunities

Are you interested in gaining experience in tech policy? Want to apply your skills to support responsible development and use of emerging technologies? Interested in working on tech policy challenges in industry, government, academia, or civil society?


We’ve curated a non-exhaustive list of tech policy opportunities for you!


Did we miss an opportunity? Please send opportunities to CITRIS Policy Lab Director, Brandie Nonnecke (, to be posted on this webpage.



The AI Policy Hub is an interdisciplinary initiative training forward-thinking researchers to develop effective governance and policy frameworks to guide artificial intelligence, today and into the future. Graduate students enrolled at UC Berkeley are eligible to apply for one-year fellowships.

The Technology and Public Purpose Fellowship is an in-residence fellowship for technologists, investors, and policymakers to explore avenues for reducing societal harms and protecting public purpose values.

The Technology and Human Rights Fellowship is part of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy’s project to examine how technological advances over the next several decades will affect the future of human life, as well as the protections provided by the human rights framework.

Civil Society / Non-Profits

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal policymaking process. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government in Washington.

The Aspen Tech Policy Hub is a West Coast policy incubator, training a new generation of policy entrepreneurs. Modeled after tech incubators like Y Combinator, the Aspen Tech Policy Hub takes STEM experts, teaches them the policy process through fellowship and executive education programs, and encourages them to develop outside-the-box solutions to society’s problems.

The CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows program annually recruits and trains a cohort of fifteen PhD scientists and engineers to spend one year working in Sacramento, directly serving decision makers within the California State Legislature and Executive Branch.

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) occasionally hosts externs during the academic year, who work to support CDT’s work championing civil liberties and international human rights issues related to technology and the internet, including online free expression, electronic surveillance, digital copyright, cybersecurity, internet governance, equity in technology, and consumer privacy.

CHCI offers exceptional Latinos with recent undergraduate degrees in STEM unparalleled exposure to a professional experience in the public policy arena through a paid nine-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. CHCI Public Policy Fellows strengthen their policy skills through hands-on experience working for an office of their choice in Congress for the full nine months or opting to work the second half of the program in a Federal agency, national nonprofit or think tank.

The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative is the first-of-its-kind public-private partnership aimed at recruiting and training a world-class cybersecurity workforce. The program is a selective opportunity for students in cybersecurity-related fields to gain access to vital public and private sector work experience and even receive substantial student loan assistance.

The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) two-year Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) Fellowship provides recent bachelor’s degree recipients with a unique opportunity to use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on a diverse set of challenges in science and technology (S&T) policy areas, including energy and the environment, space sciences, innovation and competitiveness, evaluation, life sciences, information technologies, national security, and STEM education. Fellows will be involved in collaborative research for leaders in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President and other Federal Government organizations, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Open Philanthropy is seeking applicants for a US policy fellowship program focused on high-priority emerging technologies, especially AI and biotechnology. Selected applicants will receive policy-focused training and mentorship and be supported in matching with a host organization for a full-time, fully-funded fellowship based in the Washington, DC area.

The #ShareTheMicInCyber Fellowship, hosted in partnership between #ShareTheMicInCyber and New America, provides a platform to raise up under-represented mid-career cybersecurity professionals or those transitioning into cybersecurity. It aims to support new independent research and enhancing projects while also providing opportunities for professional development to further Fellows’ careers in cybersecurity.

Tech Congress places computer scientists, engineers, and other technologists to serve as technology policy advisors to Members of Congress through the Congressional Innovation Fellowship, the Congressional Innovation Scholars program, and the Congressional Digital Service Fellowship.


The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is a full-time hands-on training and educational program that provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

The Federal Trade Commission is looking for thoughtful and collaborative leaders to work on a variety of technology-related consumer protection and competition issues throughout the agency.

Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) partners industry’s brightest technologists with forward-thinking federal agencies to improve the way our government builds, designs, and delivers services for all Americans. After their one-year fellowship, they join an alumni community of 150+ technologists advancing mission-driven solutions at local, national, and international levels.


The Google U.S. Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the fall semester contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests.

Meta wants to support students who think critically about the policies that shape the long-term impact of technology on society. They encourage applications from candidates who investigate how governments, technology developers, and the academy can contribute to the development of technologies in the interest of democracy and the open internet. Possible topics could include, but are not limited to, data privacy, the economics of information, the role of standard-setting bodies, and so on. This is an interdisciplinary field, and applications are welcomed from the social sciences, STS, history, and the humanities.

Mozilla Fellows examine the interplay of technology and public policy, and craft legal, academic, and governmental solutions. These policy professionals conduct research, debate issues, and strive to reimagine policy solutions that support a more open, secure, and inclusive internet around the world.