Thursday, June 7, 2012

ASHRAE Fellowship Program:

ASHRAE is sponsoring a 12- to 18-month fellowship program with placement at the Department of Energy in the Office of Building Technologies, Building Energy Codes Program. This fellowship provides the traditional ASHRAE Member with exposure to the area of public policy. This assignment will enable a selected ASHRAE member to assist DOE in one of the following code deployment activities:

1.     Code Compliance;
2.     Residential Duct Test Training;
3.     Assessment of the Impact of Updating State Energy Codes; or
4.     Advanced Energy Code Training.

Federal government fellowships provide a valuable public service to the nation while, at the same time, providing engineers and scientists with a unique opportunity to participate directly in the policy-making process. This is an exciting, rewarding, and educational period in their professional careers. This enriching experience enables ASHRAE/DOE Fellows to bring back to their employers an insider's perspective on government decision-making that can contribute significantly to the mission and vision of the organization.

A couple of additional points to note:

•        The fellowship requires living in or around Washington, DC for a period of 12 months, with the possibility of an extension for a second year.
•        The fellowship will require reporting to DOE offices on a daily basis (i.e., a 40-hour work week).
•        The individual selected must be a U.S. citizen.
•        A stipend of $74,872 gross (i.e., before taxes, etc.) will be provided by DOE.
•        Health insurance reimbursement will be provided by DOE up to $500 per month, with any monthly costs over that being paid for by the fellow.
•        Ideal candidates will have a technical background, with 3-10 years experience in the building industry, as this is an early career development opportunity.
•        The fellowship can begin as soon as a suitable candidate is selected by DOE.

If you know of any members in your regions and/or chapters who might be a good fit for this opportunity, please have them contact Doug Read, our Director of Government Affairs, at their earliest convenience.

Thanks for your attention - and we look forward to interest from your members to play an integral role in growing the relationship between DOE and ASHRAE.

Mark Wills

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