The Einstein Fellowship Experience

There is no such thing as a typical Fellowship experience.  Each agency offers different opportunities and, even within the same agency, the expectations and supervision may differ widely. In some offices, it may be possible to obtain a clearly defined list of responsibilities before beginning the first day of work.  In others, there may be a wait-and-see period while the interests, experiences and strengths of the Fellow are assessed. The Fellowship is an opportunity to be creative, innovative, and open to new experiences.  Flexibility will definitely enhance the experience for both the Fellow and the host office.

In addition to the selection process for all Fellows, Capitol Hill Fellows interview with Congressional representative or committee offices. The Capitol Hill Fellow’s job duties may include attending hearings and briefings, answering constituent inquiries, organizing seminars or hearings, speaking with lobbyists and constituents, helping write or review a bill, writing a speech or bill analysis, and providing insight and advice on education issues.

The Einstein Fellows are also afforded professional development opportunities that supplement their fellowship experience. During the past year, Einstein Fellows have:

  • Attended day-long presentations by the National Academies of Science and the National Institutes of Health regarding resources available to teachers and students
  • Visited USA Today and the NBC News Bureau
  • Participated in a “Behind The Scenes Tour” of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum labs
  • Toured a variety of U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories
  • Visited the American Institute of Physics
  • Attended NASA special events including Space Shuttle launches
  • Served as panelists for education-related Forums sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Toured the CIA headquarters and learned about STEM-related careers
  • Served as mentors and advisers at schools in the DC area
  • Learned about the STEM resources available through the Library of Congress
  • Presented numerous topics in K-12 STEM education to NSF staff
  • Traveled nationally and internationally, including China, France, and Austria, to attend and present at education-related conferences
  • Represented K-12 STEM teachers at numerous press conferences, poster sessions, science fairs, lecture series, and national forums related to science, technology, engineering and math education


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