Career Resources on U.S. AI Policy

By AI Safety Fundamentals Team (Published on November 27, 2022)

One potential way to improve the impacts of AI is through the actions of the US federal government [1], by doing good policy development, advocacy, or implementation [2]. To support people who are interested in these paths to impact, we compile some relevant career information, advice, and opportunities on this page.

Career information and advice

Context and general overviews

On working as a Congressional staffer

  • Working in Congress Part 1 and Part 2 (2021)
    • These posts provide detailed career advice about working as a Congressional staffer. Part 1 discusses whether and where to work in Congress. Part 2 provides advice about assessing your personal fit and landing a job.

On working at think tanks

  • Working at a DC policy think tank (2021)
    • This post provides detailed information about DC policy think tanks: what they do, what working in one of them is like, why you might want to do that work, and advice for getting a job at one of them.

On immigration pathways

On policy masters programs

[Under construction]

On law school

Career opportunities

  • If you’re an undergraduate in the US, consider applying to your university’s semester/quarter/summer in DC program.
  • Here is a database of EA-relevant US policy fellowships
  • This “EA Careers Survey” is a 2-minute form by which people who are interested in careers inspired by effective altruism can express their career interests. A course organizer recommends filling this out if you are interested in learning more about your personal fit for working in US politics and policy.
  • Here is a list and comparison of various full-time fellowship programs for breaking into US policy (especially for people with STEM backgrounds).

Additional Readings


  1. This document focuses specifically on the US federal government, meaning it does not focus on opportunities to have impact through US state governments (such as the California state government), US local governments (such as the government of the City and County of San Francisco), non-US governments (such as the UK government), intergovernmental organizations (such as the EU and UN), or non-governmental organizations (such as for-profit companies or nonprofits), except insofar as federal US government policy can improve the policies of these other organizations (e.g., by negotiating international agreements).

  2. See this post (Clarke, 2021) for more context on what policy development, advocacy, and implementation are and how they differ from some other ways people can contribute to AI governance.

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