I thought I wanted to go into policy as a future career. Because of this fellowship, I know I want to go into policy.

– Anonymous


“This has been a life changing experience for me. I would encourage any STEM student with a passion for making change to apply as you will discover an entire world of change makers, advocates, and people unafraid to pursue positive change. This has significantly influenced the path I now want my career to take, and has led me to so many amazing individuals who I would never have met otherwise. I have been inspired to become an advocate for what I am passionate about and to pursue change through government unapologetically.” – Katelynn Hughes, CU Boulder

“Over the course of the fellowship, my world widened from just my college campus to the entire state of Colorado. My focus has shifted from problems facing my small community to seeing countless situations my fellow Coloradans are facing. You could say my horizons have broadened tremendously.” – Bailey Coker, CO State University

“This fellowship truly illuminated the reach of science in affecting policy. When we start examining the intersection of science and policy, we are able to better understand and innovatively address so many of the fundamental issues within our society.” – Naitra Ramchander, University of 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

“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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