Mentoring a Fellow
Mentorship is a symbiotic relationship between the host office mentor and fellow mentee and is an integral part of the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships experience. This professional partnership provides mentees with access to important knowledge, support, and professional networks that expand the fellow’s understanding of government and policymaking, while contributing their scientific or engineering knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm. Mentors benefit from the scientific and technical expertise of fellows, as well as access to scientific and technical networks, tools, and analysis that may otherwise be lacking or limited in the policy arena. The mentorship relationship is designed to strengthen the office’s integration of science in shaping policy while enhancing the fellow’s awareness of how they can use science to influence policy throughout their career.