The Colorado Science and Engineering Policy Fellowship is a first of its kind program in Colorado, inspired by an experience I had during my undergraduate studies.

The fellowship is designed to give policy-making experience to undergraduate and graduate students with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The goal of the fellowship is to increase the presence of individuals in public policy that come from a science and engineering background as well as develop the next generation of policy and science leaders in Colorado and beyond.

Throughout the fellowship, each student conducts his/her own policy research project in addition to learning more about STEM policy through seminars and industry site visits. Among the 2018 fellow’s favorite site visits were NCAR, NREL and the Google campus in Boulder. Their projects ranged from water management and wind power generation to homelessness as an environmental issue and economic development in coal communities.


“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, Colorado 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, University of Colorado Boulder

Interested in the 2019 fellowship? Contact Representative Hansen at or call 303-866-2967