Write for SciPol.org

SciPol.org invites faculty, researchers, policymakers, and students to consider how they can communicate how scientific research is integrated into the policymaking process. One way is by contributing to SciPol.org as a volunteer author or editor of our original policy Summaries, Briefs, and Landscapes.

The Spring 2020 recruitment is now underway! Submit an application by Friday, February 7, 2020, for full consideration. We’re recruiting student writers in our five topic areas: Data Security, Emerging Technology, Energy, Health, and Policy for Science. But you’re welcome to apply even if those aren’t your areas of study but you have a strong interest in science and technology policy! Submit your application by Friday, February 7.

Application periods to join our team, which we call the SciPol Writers Studio, take place at the start of every semester. Outside of those regular applicaiton periods, you can contact a SciPol.org staff member to discuss opportunities or learn more information. The Writers Studio is an exciting opportunity for students and recent graduates wishing to build a future career in science/tech policy or science communication.

If selected to join the SciPol Writers Studio, we will provide onboarding, orientation, and training materials. As a member of the Studio, you’ll have access to SciPol’s network of diverse contributors and to our alumni working in various fields related to science policy. Members of the Studio should expect to spend about two hours per week of time volunteering with SciPol.org. 

Need more reasons to join? Besides gaining firsthand experience in interpreting and communicating pressing issues in science policy, alumni of the SciPol Writers Studio have leveraged their experience and the SciPol network to further their careers in science and science policy.

For instance, Elizabeth Hunsaker, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Chemistry at Duke University, wrote policy briefs regarding nanotechnology policy. She says:

Writing for SciPol has given me experience in synthesizing and distilling information while maintaining accuracy and clarity for broad audiences. It’s provided extremely valuable practice writing in a very different style from academic papers.


View the SciPol.org Policy Tracker to see examples of the policy analysis that you could write as a member of the SciPol Writers Studio.