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The AGU Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows program provides an opportunity for highly qualified, accomplished scientists, engineers, and other professionals to spend a year in the office of a congressman or senator or on the staff of a committee. Fellows perform many of the same duties as regular staff members; in the past they have been involved in legislative, oversight, and investigative activities.

The fellows bring to the Congress new insights, fresh ideas, and extensive knowledge and education in a variety of disciplines. Not only are fellows provided with an opportunity to make a significant public service contribution but they also obtain firsthand experience in the legislative and political processes. In short, they offer their special knowledge, skills, and competence in exchange for the opportunity to acquire experience in a unique forum and for the chance to contribute to the formulation of national policy.