Economic Innovation Impact Fellow

Washington, DC
Full Time
Federation of American Scientists
Senior Manager/Supervisor

Washington D.C. – Full-Time

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 31st, 2022 at 11:59pm ET


The FAS Day One Talent Hub is seeking a fellow for a 1 year term (with potential opportunity to extend) to join the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). 

The Fellowship will support federal “place-based policies” aimed at bolstering regional innovation and economic competitiveness, with a particular interest in EDA’s $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge, the marquee of EDA’s American Rescue Plan programs that aim to boost economic recovery from the pandemic and rebuild American communities (including those grappling with decades of disinvestment). The Challenge is the largest federal economic development competition in American history and serves as an important example of the broader goal of the fellowship, to support bottom-up federal policies.


  • Develop policy ideas around place-based programs to support regional economies
  • Identify potential alignment between federal R&D and innovation investments and regional economic competitiveness
  • Produce memos, white papers and other material on the role of place-based policies within federal science and economic policy
  • Support public, private and philanthropic organizations to align investments and support regional economies


Five-plus years of experience in a range of related activities, including: 

  • Engaging in activities to spur regional innovation and entrepreneurship in the United States which might include conducting research, working with venture capital and financial investment, supporting start-up ecosystems, and other related activities
  • Navigating federal opportunities with a working understanding of the Small Business Administration, the Economic Development Administration, and other federal sources of catalytic resources for local innovation economies 
  • Working across stakeholders in the entrepreneurship, academic, philanthropic, and economic development communities
  • Designing and/or participating in prizes and challenges

Demonstrated success in managing complex projects to successful outcomes, including experience:

  • Building project plans and executing against outcomes in a dynamic, adaptive organization 
  • Breaking deliverables into multiple tasks and coordinating their execution
  • Managing teams and projects toward a successful outcome with the ability to align and communicate processes, build related project documents, and engage a team in execution 

Related knowledge, including: 

  • A deep understanding of the federal government’s functions generally, and a specific understanding of federal entities with relevance to regional economic innovation, entrepreneurship, and R&D
  • Subject matter expertise across innovation and entrepreneurship policy, organizations, and actors
  • An existing network of federal partners/relationships a plus but not mandatory 


This fellowship will provide a salary for the entirety of the fellowship duration at an annual rate ranging from $110k–$122k per year, commensurate with experience and education.

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