The Eben Tisdale Fellowship offers outstanding opportunities for students to learn about high tech public policy issues with hands-on experience inWashington, D.C. The Fellowship has two components: a full-time 8 week public policy internship with a high-tech company, firm or trade association, and weekly issues seminar lunches hosted by Tisdale sponsors. The Fellowship offers a $5,000 scholarship to graduate or undergraduate students who are accepted. There is an optional opportunity for undergraduate students to also earn academic credit through George Mason University as a part of The Fund for American Studies’ Institute on Business and Government Affairs program.
The Eben Tisdale Fellowship brings eligible students to Washington, D.C. for internships that explore current public policy issues of critical importance to the high technology sector of the economy. The Fellowship has two main elements:
One principal feature of is an eight-week internship from June-August in the government relations office of a leading high technology company or association. Fellows will be notified in mid to late April of their placement. The sponsors make contributions to the Tisdale Fellowship in return for the opportunity to host a summer intern. Intern sponsors provide mentoring, hands-on experience and valuable high-tech public policy training. Fellows have an opportunity to observe the development and advocacy of significant policy issues in Congress, the Administration and industry associations. They also have the opportunity to participate in projects of their own, focusing on current critical issues facing the tech sector.
While sponsoring companies will vary from year to year, the Fellowship makes every effort to retain high quality internship opportunities. Fellows have an opportunity to observe firsthand the development and advocacy of public policy issues in Congress, the Administration and industry associations and to participate in projects of their own, focusing on current critical issues.
Specific Eligibility Criteria
Undergraduate (juniors and seniors) and graduate students with an interest in public policy and the high-tech industry are welcome to apply. A background in computer science or other high technology fields is helpful, but not required. Additionally, international students are also eligible for the Fellowship.