“As an engineer, I never imagined that my skills and knowledge could be an asset within public policy. This program showed me how legislation is a mechanism to engineer society and how important science is in creating effective policy. I’d highly recommend it to anyone within STEM who is interested in affecting change within the public sector.” – Celine Hayoz, MSU Denver

“Science and policy is becoming an integral part of government and will guide the responsible development of society as a whole. This program is a one of a kind experience that only a handful of people in the world have the opportunity to participate in. What I learned in this fellowship I will use for the rest of my life and something I will never forget.” – Andrew Benham, CU Boulder

“Policy isn’t inherently different from engineering design. The goal is to do research with the intent to design a product or policy which addresses an issue while considering stakeholder preferences from as many parties as possible. From this perspective, it seems like more people with science backgrounds should take interest in policy development.” – Daniel Renkert, CO School of Mines

“This is one of the most influential summers I have had in determining the direction that I want to go in my future. Representative Hansen, Senator Rankin and Kevin provided much feedback in our projects, and directed us to where we might get the information we might need. They made us feel welcome and pushed us to become involved. I am very appreciative they created this program and I hope that more students continue to apply. I hope to work in science policy now, after this experience, and know that there are multiple ways for me to get involved.” – Tamera Breidenbach, CO State University

“Everyday I left the Capitol feeling as if I learned something new. Whether it was from a guest speaker, a research article, or even from my peers the entire experience was amazing. I would highly recommend this program to anyone to truly understand how engineering and politics are so interconnected.” – Ben Garrett, MSU Denver


“I love the fact that this internship is hands on. You have the opportunity to talk to legislators and staff at the Capitol and put your ideas into something that can become a law. Having a STEM background, most of us don’t realize one of the paths we should be taking is science policy. To me, this was an incredible opportunity to apply what I’ve been researching for 6 years now and boil it down to something that can change the future in Colorado.” – Zitely Tzompa, CO State University

“It’s really changed the course of my career in a lot of ways. It has made policy an option I’m willing to pursue. Even if I decide not to pursue it, I have a much deeper understanding on how policy and the state government play a role. No matter what, I’m able to be a more engaged citizen in the state of Colorado.” – Isaiah Koolstra, CU Boulder

“You get to be exposed to so many people in government, industry and the network of our cohort itself. The other students are very intelligent, driven and will be successful members of society in the state; I now have better networks in other schools. This is a great opportunity for anyone that’s interested in advancing policy in the real world.” – Wendell Stainsby, CO State University

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