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Since 1973, ASME has sponsored the Congressional Fellowship program to provide an opportunity for Society members to work with the U.S. Congress. As federal legislation becomes increasingly technical, the need for engineering expertise is essential. Congressional fellows participate directly in the lawmaking process and learn how the federal government operates. In addition, Congress is provided with the necessary engineering expertise and, at the end of the fellowship year, a fellow's employer has an engineer with in-depth knowledge of congressional decision-making processes. Once chosen as a congressional fellow, an ASME member selects his or her congressional assignment through interviews with congressional offices, with assistance from the ASME government relations staff, and with reference to ASME’s priority issues, which includes “Clean Energy.” Applicant Background Applicants for this Fellowship must have a strong energy background. ASME has long supported a balanced portfolio of energy supplies to meet the nation's energy needs, including advanced clean coal, petroleum, nuclear, natural gas, waste-to-energy, biomass, solar, wind and hydroelectric power. ASME also supports energy efficient building and transportation technologies, as well as transmission and distribution infrastructure sufficient to satisfy demand under reasonably foreseeable contingencies. Only such a portfolio will allow the U.S. to maintain its quality of life while addressing future environmental and security challenges. Recruitment and Training Fellows may serve from January through December, or September through August, at their option. An ASME selection committee screens applications and will notify selected candidates in February or March of their interest in scheduling an interview. Interviews with final candidates will be convened in April. After the interviews, the selection committee may tentatively match finalists with available fellowship opportunities. Selected fellows will receive offers in late April or early May. ASME Congressional Fellows are required to attend a two-week orientation course in Washington, DC, in September. Paid for by ASME, but administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the course provides useful training and a foundation for a fellow's network that serves as both a formal and informal resource for participants throughout the fellowship year. Financial Support of Federal Government Fellows ASME has a limited number of stipends of $80,000 per congressional/federal government fellow. Because the stipend is not intended to be the fellow's entire financial support, the remaining salary and other costs, including benefits, must be negotiated between the fellow and his or her employer. Society members selected for congressional fellowships typically take a one-year leave of absence from their employer. Who Should Apply All Fellowship Applicants must be: A U.S. citizen ASME member at the time of application The following credentials are encouraged: at least five years of professional experience; advanced engineering degree; professional engineer registration; and public policy experience. Apply online at https://fs19.formsite.com/rsvp2/form13/secure_index.html.
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