US Policy Careers Speaker Series

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US Policy Careers Speaker Series

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14 July - 22 August 2022

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Applications to this course have closed

In collaboration with DC-based policy professionals, the Stanford Existential Risks Initiative (SERI) is organizing a second virtual speaker series on US policy careers.

Please note that:

  • Participants need not attend all sessions.

  • To respect the privacy of speakers and to allow them to speak freely, the talks will not be recorded.

  • To accommodate speakers' schedules, most sessions will take place between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm US Eastern Time.

Content and speakers

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, project managers, and other roles. We'll have a mix of early-, mid-, and senior-career speakers.

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. Q&A session(s) with senior policy practitioners

  2. Working in the executive branch / White House

  3. Working in Congress

  4. Working in think tanks

  5. Graduate school for policy careers (master's, law school, PhD)

  6. Information session on policy fellowship and job opportunities


Sessions will last about an hour, following an interactive, moderated Q&A format, with half the time dedicated to audience questions to make sure we cover topics relevant to attendees. 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: about one per week, starting early July.

  • While we encourage attending the full series, signing up is not a hard commitment; no need to let organizers know if you are unable to attend a session.

  • Speakers are not necessarily affiliated with effective altruism or related organizations and ideas.