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Careers for Scientists in Internationalism and Diplomacy: Resources



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U.S. Foreign Service Recruitment . Foreign Service Officers help to formulate and implement the foreign policy of the United States. They serve in Washington, D.C., and at nearly 265 U.S. diplomatic posts around the world. They are part of the frontline personnel of all U.S. embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic missions.

Up north in Canada, the Canadian Foreign Services Web site has information on similar types of positions available and details on how to apply.

AAAS Science and Technology Fellowships . The American Association for the Advancement of Science sponsors 10 science and technology policy fellowship programs to provide the opportunity for accomplished and societally aware postdoctoral to mid-career scientists and engineers to participate in and contribute to the public policy?making process of the federal government. These are open only to U.S: citizens. See firsthand examples of how this can work in practise with our feature authors Laurie Geller and Joan Woods .


Those interested in having a career concerned with world health affairs should keep on eye on the World Health Organization Web site. If you would like to work more at the interface of science and education, the United Nations Educational and Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be of interest. UNESCO is a UN agency that concentrates on education, science, culture, and communication. Its aim is to build peace in the world through knowledge, social progress, exchange, and mutual understanding among peoples.

The International Foundation for Science (IFS) is a nongovernmental organization providing support to developing-country scientists to conduct, in a developing country, relevant and high-quality research on the management, use, and conservation of biological resources and their environments. IFS believes that the interests of both science and development are best served by promoting and nurturing the research efforts of young science graduates, who are at the beginning of their research careers. Check out their Web site for funding opportunities.


Those who are interested in working for the European Commission should take a look at their recruitment Web site.


The Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky offers an interdisciplinary professional Masters of Arts degree, preparing students for international careers in both the public and private sectors. The program is suited for a student desiring a career with government agencies, the U.S. State Department, the Department of Commerce, the United Nations, the World Bank, international commerce, foreign trade, and international banking.

George Washington University's Center for International Science and Technology Policy offers a master?s degree program in international science and technology policy. It also carries out research projects for a variety of government and nongovernmental sponsors, organizes seminars and symposia on significant science and technology issues, and hosts visitors from other parts of the United States and overseas.


Public Diplomacy Web site is sponsored by the United States Information Agency Alumni Association. The Public Diplomacy Web site is designed to inform anyone interested in U.S. foreign affairs regarding the important role public diplomacy has played, and is playing, in supporting U.S. foreign policy and in safeguarding and advancing U.S. interests.

The Interciencia Association (IA) is a 17-nation federation of primarily nongovernmental scientific associations. IA seeks to unite the scientific communities of the Americas, promote the cooperative use of science and technology in the hemisphere, and stimulate the creation of associations for the advancement of science in the Americas where they do not yet exist. The secretariat resides in Panama at the Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science.

Countries with member associations include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, the United States, and Venezuela.