Legislative Fellow Program

Massachusetts Legislative Fellow Program

 
   
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
 
The BSCES Legislative Fellows Program is open to any BSCES member who is a US citizen. The BSCES Selection Committee evaluates such factors as advanced degrees, registration as a Professional Engineer, involvement in BSCES and ASCE, public policy experience and professional experience. 
 
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCESS
 
Inquires for the next Legislative Fellow session are welcome at any time.  The position application and application deadline will be posted before the beginning of the legislative session.  
 
We are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Legislative Fellow. A copy of the application can be downloaded here. Application submission deadline is October 31, 2014.
 
REQUIREMENTS: The applicant must:
  • Be a current BSCES/ASCE member (not an Associate) residing and registered to vote in Massachusetts.
  • The applicant must have a BS or MS in civil engineering or a related discipline.
  • The applicant must have a Professional Engineering License in civil engineering or a related discipline.
  • The applicant must be a US citizen. Current Government employees are eligible.
  • The applicant must complete the application and include:
     
    • a 500 to 1,000-word statement;
    • a current resume or curriculum vitae;
    • a statement from his/her employer expressing support for the application; and
    • three confidential letters of reference

 

The Selection Committee will weigh such factors as:
 
  • Advanced degrees
  • Involvement in BSCES and/or ASCE
  • Public Policy Experience
  • Professional Experience
 
Additionally, a successful applicant should be cognizant of many matters in nonscientific areas; demonstrate sensitivity on political, economic and social issues; and have a strong interest in the solution of societal problems. Other characteristics considered during selection are self-starting ability, awareness of one's own biases, and clear oral and written expression. The applicant and the Selection Committee must also be sensitive to possible conflict of interest concerns.
 
FINANCIAL SUPPORT
 
BSCES will provide a stipend of $15,000 to the Legislative Fellow. BSCES welcomes support from the Fellow's employer and is willing to consider alternative arrangements. The Fellow will serve for the legislative year starting in February (beginning of legislative session) and ending in July of the following year (end of legislative session); approximately 18 months. BSCES is unable to provide any benefits and encourages BSCES Legislative Fellows to make arrangements with their employers.
 
BSCES MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATIVE FELLOW PROGRAM GUIDELINES
 
Gender, creed, race, ethnic background and political affiliation are expressly excluded as selection criteria for Legislative Fellows.
 
The Fellowship does not create an employer-employee relationship with either the Commonwealth of Massachusetts government or BSCES. The Legislative Fellow should approach his/her work as if he/she were a staff member of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation, if the Fellow is placed with that Committee, but is available to assist other legislators with projects. The Fellow may be placed with another legislative committee, depending on the legislative leaderships needs for technical advice and research.
 
The Legislative Fellow is expected to make verbal presentations at BSCES functions during the Fellowship term.
 
The Legislative Fellow is expected to make periodic written reports to the BSCES Government Affairs Committee suitable for publishing in the BSCESNews or other BSCES forums.
 
The Legislative Fellow is responsible for all out-of-pocket expenses once he/she begins working in Boston.
 
The Legislative Fellow is subject to Legislative Standards of Conduct and must not engage in any partisan political activities during the term of appointment.
 
In the event of malfeasance on the part of the Legislative Fellow, as determined by the Legislative Fellows Committee, the Fellowship may be suspended immediately.
 
After the completion of his/her term, the Legislative Fellow is expected to remain an active BSCES member, especially in Government Relations activities, for a three year period.
 
In the role, the Legislative Fellow has available all the resources of BSCES/ASCE.
 
In the event that there is a need for technical guidance beyond the expertise of the Legislative Fellow, the Fellow will seek advice through the BSCES Board of Government Liaison to the Legislative Fellow Committee.
 
PAST BSCES LEGISTATIVE FELLOWS
2013-2014: David "Doc" Westerling, PE, PLS
2011-2012 Sudhir Murthy, PE, PTOE
2009-2010 William F. Lyons Jr., PE, Esq.
2007-2008: Michael W. Hurley, PE
2005-2006: Heather M. Ford
2004: Melvin E. Jones, PE (d. 2007)
2003: Tony Centore, PE
2002: Anatoly Darov, PE, Esq.
2001: David "Doc"Westerling, PE, PLS