The insight I’ve gained into how the legislative process actually works will be valuable to my future career goals. For scientists or engineers who believe that scientific facts are of primary importance in legislation with a technical component, a fellowship on Capitol Hill can be a real eye opener.
The sabbatical opportunities provided by the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Programs are outstanding. A year working in Washington, DC, at the interface of science and policy, offers many new experiences that translate successfully to an academic setting. The essay in this issue of Fellowship Focus provides one academic’s perspectives on the value of a fellowship as a sabbatical year.