University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
AIP Mather Policy Intern: US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
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Experience Science and Policy Firsthand
The primary purpose of the AIP Mather policy internship program (supported by the John and Jane Mather Foundation for Science and the Arts) is to promote awareness of, and interaction with, the policy process in Washington, D.C. for undergraduate physics students.
Drew and fellow SPS intern Elias are working in Congressional offices on Capitol Hill, directly engaging in science policy issues and efforts in the nation's capital. As part of their service, Drew and Elias are introducing the other SPS interns to the public policy process by arranging field trips to appropriate science policy events or locales–Congressional hearings, governmental agencies and/or facilities, for example.
My name is Drew Roberts and I am spending the summer as an AIP Mather Policy Intern, working with the minority staff in the House Science, Space, & Technology Committee. In the fall, I will begin my senior year as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I am double majoring in physics and political science, as well as minoring in mathematics. I grew up in Hickory, North Carolina before attending high school and college in North Carolina's Research Triangle, but am excited to get the opportunity to explore the Washington, D.C. area.
I am passionate about bridging the gap between science and policy-making. As a life-long follower of both the scientific and political communities, I look forward to contributing to both. It is my hope that I can foster a stronger dialogue between researchers and politicians, for the sake of improving the effectiveness of both. Over the course of the summer, I plan to participate in a wide variety of activities – both on Capitol Hill and in the wider D.C. area – in order to learn as much as possible about the political environment and culture. In the future I hope to be able to use both my university research experience with the lessons I learn this summer on the Hill to find a career where I can positively affect my community and the world.