As a Fellow, what will I learn?
NSI Technologist Fellows will gain the tools necessary to effectively engage policymakers and senior officials in both the legislative and executive branches on critical issues. Fellows will also learn how technologists can bring their expertise to bear on such issues. Session topics include:
- An overview of the powers, organization, and processes of the legislative and executive branches, including their role in shaping technology policy and enacting related laws;
- How to educate members of Congress and their staff;
- How to effectively advocate before and with executive branch offices, legislative staff, and associations;
- How to build coalitions and partnerships;
- How to speak with media sources; and
- How to write effective opinion pieces, talking points, and policy memos.
Sessions will include a mix of case studies, practical exercises, and document drafting exercises. Ultimately, fellows will develop and present a technology-related policy recommendation.
Fellows will hear from and visit with leading policymakers, including members of Congress, members of the press, and industry experts.
Fellows will also have the opportunity to network with like-minded technologists, as well as with policy experts at a range of social events.
How long is the fellowship, and what are the start and end dates?
The fellowship is a year-long program with 4 multi-day sessions held throughout 2020 in both Washington, D.C. and another major city. Our anticipated 2020 sessions will occur in March, June, September, and November. Most sessions will occur on the weekend (Saturday – Sunday) but fellows will be expected to arrive the preceding Friday night. Fellows should also anticipate that at least one session will occur Friday – Saturday and that Fellows will be expected to arrive the preceding Thursday night.
What is the cost to participate in this program?
There is no cost to participate in this program.
Do I need to be based in the DC area to participate?
No, but you must be committed to traveling to the DC area for multiple sessions throughout 2020.
Will travel and accommodations be provided?
Yes, roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations will be provided to all Fellows who must travel for program sessions.