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This summer, in collaboration with DC-based members of our community, the Stanford Existential Risks Initiative (SERI) is organizing a virtual speaker series on US policy careers. Sign up to receive further information and event access here.

Many people in our community recognize the value of policy work, but it is often hard to access information about how to get your foot in the policy door or what working in “policy” even means in practice. This speaker series is intended to be useful for people who are looking to learn more about which types of US policy jobs are good fits for them and what steps they can take to prepare for these jobs. More than a dozen speakers will share their policy career experiences and provide advice for those seeking to enter the field.

Speakers will include people who are currently working in or have worked at a wide range of organizations involved in policy making, as directors, researchers, advisors, lawmakers, and other roles.

Live (virtual) attendance is required — to respect the privacy of speakers and to allow them to speak freely, the talks will not be recorded.

Sessions will highlight speakers’ experiences in different kinds of US policy jobs. Most speakers have backgrounds in technology policy, especially biosecurity and AI policy, but the sessions are designed to be useful to people with a wide range of interests. Currently scheduled sessions are:

  1. Working in the executive branch / White House
  2. Working in Congress
  3. Working in think tanks
  4. Graduate school for government careers (JD, PhD, Masters)
  5. Political campaigning / ballot initiatives
  6. Policy journalism

Sessions will last about an hour, opening with 10-15 minute talks from 2-3 policy professionals on their career trajectory, what their work is like, and advice for people hoping to enter the US policy world. The second half of the session will involve a moderated Q&A conversation based on audience questions. After each session, the organizers will follow up with attendees with related links and other relevant career resources.

Additional information:

  • There will be at least 5 sessions: one per week, starting early July.
  • To accommodate speakers’ schedules, most sessions will take place between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm Eastern Time.
  • Sessions will build on each other and we encourage attendance of the full series. However, signing up is not a hard commitment; no need to let organizers know if you are unable to attend some session.
  • Speakers are not necessarily affiliated with this forum or related organizations, communities, and ideas.
  • If you have any other questions, please comment them below or message me through this forum.

If you are interested, sign up here.


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