“Working with students from different programs teaches you to approach your own work with a new perspective.”
—Lindsay Rayburn, pictured with Senator Debbie Stabenow, is pursuing her DDS and Master of Clinical Research degrees and is an STPP graduate.
With an STPP certificate, you will be prepared to:
- Participate in the politics and policy of science and technology as a government official, member of a non-governmental organization, or a practicing scientist/engineer
- Engage in science and technology policy analysis through thinktanks, industry, or academia
STPP provides students who plan to continue in science and engineering fields with insights into the science and technology policymaking process that will become increasingly useful throughout their careers.
In their roles as the heads of research labs, scientists and engineers constantly feel the impact of science and technology policies and are often called upon to serve as expert witnesses for Congressional hearings or to sit on government advisory committees. The STPP certificate prepares graduate students to play such roles in the future. They learn about the policy process related to the conduct and management of research and development, the distinguishing economic characteristics and consequences of science and technology, the political issues that come into play when science moves out of the laboratory and into the policy domain, and the broad policy frameworks within which science and technology activities occur.
Many STPP students choose to pursue careers in science and technology policy.
There are many options available. Some choose to work in the U.S. or foreign governments (e.g., U.S. Congress, European Parliament, departments and agencies such as the U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Indian Council for Medical Research). Others choose to work for non-governmental organizations including professional societies, medical charities, or civil society advocacy groups. Most high-tech companies also have government affairs offices that are likely to be interested in students with STPP backgrounds. Finally, some students might even choose to pursue careers in science and technology policy research in think tanks (e.g., Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars), or academia. See Related Academic Programs for more organizations, which might employ STPP graduates. For more ideas of organizations that employ science and technology policy experts, take a look at our internships and fellowships.