President Biden often says, “America is the only nation that can be defined by a single word: possibilities.” The White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) works to bring that idea to life by harnessing the power of science, technology, and innovation to achieve America’s greatest aspirations.
OSTP’s mission includes:
- Providing advice to the President and the Executive Office of the President on matters related to science and technology;
- Strengthening and advancing American science and technology;
- Working with federal departments and agencies and with Congress to create bold visions, unified strategies, clear plans, wise policies, and effective, equitable programs for science and technology;
- Engaging with external partners, including industry, academia, philanthropic organizations, and civil society; state, local, Tribal and territorial governments; and other nations; and,
- Ensuring equity, inclusion, and integrity in all aspects of science and technology.
OSTP has six core teams:
- Climate and Environment
- Health Outcomes
- National Security
- Science and Society
- Office of the U.S. Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
OSTP also houses or supports: the President and First Lady’s Cancer Moonshot, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the National Science and Technology Council, the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office, the National Quantum Coordination Office, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, and the Arctic Executive Steering Committee.
OSTP is led by a Senate-confirmed Director, Arati Prabhakar, who also serves as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, a member of the President’s Cabinet, and Co-Chair of PCAST.
OSTP was established by the National Science and Technology Policy, Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976. Prior to OSTP, presidents dating back to at least Franklin D. Roosevelt had various configurations of science advisors, committees of external science advisors, and White House offices dedicated to science and technology.
The Summer 2024 term begins on June 10, 2024 and ends on August 16, 2024. Interns will receive a stipend of $7,500 for participation in the program. Internships will be hosted in person on the White House campus, located in Washington, D.C. Please note that living accommodations and relocation support will not be provided. All internships are full-time and participants must be able to commit 35-40 hours per week (Monday-Friday).
Applicants who receive an offer will be required to complete the Standard Form (SF) 86 to determine whether they meet security eligibility requirements. Information requested on the SF86 that could affect eligibility includes, but is not limited to, an applicant’s connections to foreign governments, criminal history, financial debts and tax compliance, and prior drug use (including marijuana, regardless of whether the marijuana use was permitted under state law).
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Males must be registered with Selective Service
- Must be currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate college, community college, or university
- Must obtain a favorable security determination and pass a pre-employment drug test
* If you are not a U.S. Citizen you should not apply for this internship*
Key Dates for Upcoming Sessions
OA offers three internship programs each year: Fall, Spring, and Summer.
- Program Start Date: September 11, 2023
- Program End Date: December 15, 2023
- Application Open Date: March 17, 2023
- Application Close Date: April 14, at 11:59 PM ET
- Program Start Date: January 22, 2024
- Program End Date: May 10, 2024
- Application Open Date: July 24, 2023
- Application Close Date: August 28, 2023 at 12:00 PM ET
- Program Start Date: June 10, 2024
- Program End Date: August 16, 2024
- Application Open Date: October 16, 2023
- Application Close Date: November 19, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET
Check back later for additional details on future programs!