Tech Ethics & Policy Summer Fellowships
HAI and the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society are offering a 9-10 week fellowship for Stanford undergraduate and graduate students to engage in the technology ethics and policy field as it intersects with public policy and social impact. This page is for graduates only. Please visit the Tech Ethics and Policy Summer Fellowships for Undergraduate Students, if you are looking for undergraduate student summer opportunities. Coterms are eligible to apply to both opportunities.
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- Session 1: October 30, 3:30-4:30 pm (Gates 119)
- Session 2: November 14, 1:00-2:00 pm (Crown 320D)
Tech Ethics and Policy Fellowship
(for Graduate and Coterm Students)
Are you trying to find ways your technical skills can make a real difference in the governance of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence? Look no further! We are seeking up to 10-15 Stanford graduate students with a technical background and curiosity to dive into public service. If selected, you will undergo a responsible tech and policy training on campus during the spring quarter and then be matched with a host organization for a full-time, fully-funded summer fellowship in the Washington, D.C. area.
About the Fellowship
The D.C. ecosystem lacks the technical expertise needed to make informed decisions on AI policy. As artificial intelligence continues to increase in importance and impact, the need for technical talent in government is becoming more urgent. Meanwhile, Stanford is host to thousands of qualified graduate students studying technical fields such as computer science, electrical engineering, data science, symbolic systems, and more.
To fill this gap, HAI will fully fund a cohort of 10-15 Stanford students in fellowship positions across D.C., from Congress to the Executive Branch to leading think tanks. Placements of the 2023 cohort include White House Office of Management and Budget, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Senate Appropriations Committee, Center for Security and Emerging Technology, Brookings Institution, American Enterprise Institute, and more.
Through this experience, fellows will:
- Gain a better understanding of the tech policy community and how ideas become law
- Strengthen their written and oral communication skills
- Explore new public service career opportunities in all three branches of government, civil society organizations, and think tanks
- Build lifelong relationships with their cohort and D.C. colleagues
- Apply their technical skills to ensure technology policy is developed from a human-centered approach
Round 1 applications are due on Friday, December 1 at 11:59pm PT. Students who apply in this round will receive priority placement to their selected organization. Interviews for finalists will take place the week of January 8 for early applicants.
Round 2 applications are due on Sunday, January 14 at 11:59pm PT. Interviews for finalists will take place the week of January 16 for regular applicants.
It is strongly encouraged that students apply early. In the event that the fellowship spots are filled after the round 1 application deadline, applications will no longer be accepted. If this is the case, we will update this webpage to reflect this change.
To apply for the fellowship, please submit your application below including your resume, transcript, and answers (no more than 250 words each) to the following questions:
*If you are interested in working in the White House for summer 2024, you must submit a separate application to the White House directly by November 10, 2023.
Selected fellows are expected to begin service following the completion of spring quarter classes and no later than July 1, 2024. All fellows are required to work with their host organizations at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks. Fellows are expected to work on-site at their host organizations in Washington, DC (University policies and health conditions permitting) — generally hybrid or fully virtual experiences are not allowed.
- Enroll in Spring Fellowship Course: ETHICSOC 85/ ETHICSOC 285 Introduction to Tech Ethics and Policy Career Pathways (Wednesdays 1:30 PM-3:20 PM)
- Share learning plan with site supervisor and update accordingly.
- Meet with their policy mentors to help you navigate policy career.
- Attend summer cohort programming (such as field trips, roundtables, and dinners).
- Submit a program evaluation at the end of the fellowship.
- Participate in Fall Capstone.
- Participate in outreach activities to share experiences and help publicize the program.
*Students graduating in 2024 are exempt from this requirement.
Who should apply?
We are looking for Stanford graduate students (including coterm students) who have completed at least one computer science or symbolic systems course (with a preference for multiple courses), or multiple courses in the School of Engineering. All applicants should be interested in gaining tech policy experience in D.C.
International students on an F-1 visa with pre-completion OPT or CPT work authorizations are eligible to apply, but in those cases fellowship placements will be limited to non-governmental organizations.
HAI will provide each graduate TEP fellow with a $10,000 stipend, housing for the duration of the fellowship in D.C., round trip airfare, mentorship in technology policy, and monthly cohort programming (such as field trips, roundtables, and dinners). Additionally, HAI will connect fellows with policy mentors to help them navigate their summer experience.
2023 - 2024 Timeline
October 19, 2023: Early Applications Open
December 1, 2023: Round 1 Applications Due
January 14, 2024: Round 2 Applications Due
April 1 - June 5, 2024 : Spring quarter course
June 17, 2024 - August 23: Summer Fellowship in DC
For Undergraduate Students
The TEP fellowship also provides 20-25 Stanford undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in the technology field as it intersects with public policy and social impact. To learn more, please visit the Tech Ethics and Policy Fellowship for Undergraduate Students webpage.
Professor of Political Science, Faculty Director of the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, and the Marc and Laura Andreessen Faculty Co-Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society