We are pleased to share this opportunity for Syracuse University STEM or STEAM students from our collaborators at the National Security Innovation Network. Recent or imminent grads are invited to apply to The Technology and National Security Fellowship (TNSF), a paid opportunity for technologists and entrepreneurs to work with the top levels of the U.S. Government to provide advice and emerging expertise for issues at the critical intersection of national security and technology.
Applications are now open for a pilot cohort this summer, with eight fellows with STEM backgrounds and technical expertise to be embedded in the offices of key decision makers at the Department of Defense and on Capitol Hill. Throughout a yearlong fellowship program, they will engage with policy makers and their immediate staffs to help provide technical expertise and advice on a variety of critical subject areas. TNSF is open to U.S. citizens with an undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM or STEAM field. Participants can possess a diverse skill set ranging from software development to policy research.
The Technology and National Security Fellowship is meant to address a technological knowledge gap for top-level policy makers within the Department of Defense and the U.S. Congress. Fellows placed in Congressional offices will serve with Members or committee staff for one of the four defense committees of jurisdiction across both chambers of Congress. Fellows assigned to the Pentagon will be placed in the offices of Presidentially Appointed, Senate Confirmed officials in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, or other senior defense officials within the Military Services. Final placement of each Fellow will be determined based on their unique skill sets and host needs.
The program is intended to diversify the national security innovation base by creating a new model of national security service. Extensive experience working with the military or Congress is not required. Those applicants with prior military or government work experience will be evaluated primarily on their technical expertise. Successful applicants have developed a proficiency in both technical and entrepreneurial skills through their academic or work experience. Strong candidates will have a robust technical skillset, and a passion for public service. Fellows will be embedded in fast moving, high profile offices that will require a strong work ethic and passion for the mission of the office to which they’re assigned in order to be successful and provide value.