2014 ASAS Science Policy Summer Internship Program

Supported by the American Society of Animal Science Foundation through the Appreciation Clubs for Bob Zimbelman, Harold Hafs, Barb Glenn, and Jack Britt

Deadline: Monday, October 28, 2013


1. Provide experience for undergraduates or graduate students in legislative, regulatory, or administrative science policy activities in Washington, DC that affect animal science and animal agriculture to enhance their careers in academia or industry.
2. Provide assistance with federal legislative, regulatory, or administrative science policy activities to enhance support for animal science and animal agriculture in Washington, DC.
3. Provide undergraduate or graduate students opportunities to communicate science to policy makers and the general public.
4. Encourage more people to choose a career in public policy at the federal, state, or local level.


1. At the date of application, students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program closely
related to animal science (e.g., agricultural economics, agricultural business, food science/products, environment) in an accredited college or university in the United States.
2. Experience with farm animals, equine or companion animals is desired, but not necessary.
3. Must be a citizen of the United States of America.
4. Preference will be given to students that are members of ASAS. Information on ASAS membership is available at: www.asas.org/membership-services.

Amount of Award

$3,500 (payable at the start of the internship). Term of Internship: 60-90 days during the academic summer session in 2014.

Application Process

Send one email message with the following items to Dr. Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe, CEO ASAS (MeghanWR@asas.org) by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific) on Monday, October 28, 2013. All documents must be
prepared with an 11-point font or larger and one inch margins on all four sides of the page. A complete
application package must include the following four items:
1. A one-page cover letter with a description of the applicant’s background, interest in the internship, and
career goals.
2. A one-page statement of the applicant’s views on an issue relevant to animal agriculture. This will be used to evaluate the applicant’s knowledge of current issues and their written communication skills.
3. A curriculum vita/resume/biosketch.
4. Two letters of reference (one-page each). Note: letters of reference may be sent directly to MeghanWR@asas.org rather than submitted by the applicant. References should be from people who can address the applicant’s professional credentials and interest in science policy.

Incomplete application packages will not be reviewed.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee chosen from ASAS leaders, the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) Science Policy Directors, and representatives from the ASAS Foundation and the ASAS Appreciation Clubs. The top applicants must be available to participate in a thirty-minute teleconference with the review committee during the week of November 11, 2013.

Final decisions will be made and awardees will be notified by November 22, 2013

Placement in an Internship

The FASS Science Policy Directors will be responsible for placement of the Intern in an office in Washington, DC.

To help define the scope of the internship, the following priorities will be used:
1. A House or Senate committee with jurisdiction over agriculture, food safety, or the environment.
2. The office of a Representative, Senator, or a member of a congressional committee involved with current issues affecting animal agriculture, food safety, or the environment.
3. An administrative office closely involved with animal agriculture, food safety, or the environment, such as the USDA, EPA, or FDA.

Potential Duties

1. Conduct literature searches or other research relevant to current issues regarding animal agriculture, food safety, or the environment.
2. Prepare draft reports or briefs on an issue for use by congressional staff or federal agencies.
3. Identify scientists in academia and/or industry to provide expert testimony on current issues related to animal agriculture, food safety, or the environment.
4. Attend hearings and provide written reports.
5. Write a weekly blog that describes activities related to the internship and prepare a one-page article on the internship experience for the summer issues of Taking Stock DC.

Past interns:

Note: This internship was formerly known as the Zimbelman-Hafs Public Policy Internship

2010 Zimbelman-Hafs Scientific Policy Intern:

Carolyn Gravatte of the University of Kentucky was selected as the 2010 Zimbelman/Hafs Scholarship recipient. After selection, Carolyn completed her internship in the Washington, DC offices of the American Meat Institute (AMI). Read more about Carolyn's experience

2011 Zimbelman-Hafs Scientific Policy Intern:

Benjamin Williamson, University of Arkansas
Read about Benjamin's experience

2012 Zimbelman-Hafs Public Policy Interns:

Chris Gambino, Washington State University
Megan Bryant, Oklahoma State University

2013 Zimbelman-Hafs Public Policy Interns:

Jordan Hieber, North Dakota State University
Jessie Nickerson, West Virginia University