SME offers first Mining Engineering Congressional Fellowship

| Published on November 25, 2013

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The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration will introduce its first Mining Engineering Congressional Fellowship in Washington, D.C. during the 2014-2015 legislative season.

The SME Mining Engineering Congressional Fellowship offers a seasoned mining expert the opportunity to make a positive impact on the laws that affect the U.S. mining and minerals industry.

The fellowship will begin September 1, 2014 and will end August 31, 2015.

SME logoSME Deputy Executive Director John Hayden said the program will allow the Congressional Fellow to spend the year working on the staff of a member of Congress or on a congressional committee.

“By working as a high-level legislative staff member on science and public policy issues, this session will provide the Fellow with a deeply satisfying experience of having made a difference in an industry that could use some good news right now,” Hayden said.

The application period for the fellowship is open December 1-31, 2013.

SME notes that the following materials must be included with every application:

  • A résumé, no longer than two pages, providing information about educational background, professional employment, community and professional activities, public policy and legislative experience, committee and advisory group appointments plus one additional page for professional publications and presentations.

  • A statement of approximately 1,000 words addressing the applicant’s interest in the Fellowship, career goals, contributions the applicant believes he or she can make as a Fellow to the legislative process and what the applicant wants to learn from the experience.

  • Three signed letters of reference specifically addressing the applicant’s experience and how it would relate to his or her ability to work on Capitol Hill as a special legislative assistant.

Other requirements include a demonstrated record of success in research or scholarship in mining engineering, extractive metallurgy, economic geology, geological engineering or environmental engineering, as well as a demonstrated sensitivity toward policy issues and a strong interest in applying scientific and technical knowledge to U.S. public policy issues.

Applicants must be SME members and have either a doctorate or a masters degree with at least three years of professional experience.

For more details, visit smenet.org/gpac.

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