Wilson Center Technology Labs FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions from past applicants of the Wilson Center Technology Labs.
Let us know if you any further questions by emailing Spencer Stucky at Spencer.Stucky@wilsoncenter.org
How many applicants do you accept each session?
We plan to accept no more than 25 applicants for each session.
Can individuals other than Congressional staff apply?
For the Artificial Intelligence labs, mid- to senior-level Congressional staff and one that is offered for mid- to senior-level Executive Branch staff. For the Cybersecurity labs, we welcome applications from other exceptional rising leaders who staff U.S. policymakers; however, strong preference will be given to those currently working on the Hill (including fellows and those on detail to Congressional offices from executive branch agencies).
I don’t handle the technology portfolio in my office. Can I still apply?
Yes. We welcome applications from staff who aspire to work on emerging technology issues but have limited experience in that area.
If I’m not offered a space—or I’m accepted but can’t meet the attendance requirements—can I apply for a future session?
Yes. Applicants are welcome to re-apply for future Lab sessions.
If my Member doesn’t have the time to write the optional letter of recommendation, will you accept a letter from a chief-of-staff (or other supervisor)?
Yes. We understand the constraints on Members’ time and will happily accept letters from other recommenders.
I submitted a letter from my Member/supervisor when I applied for the Foreign Policy Fellowship Program. Do I need to request a new one for this application?
No. Please mark that you previously applied for the Fellowship Program so that we know to check for a previous letter.
How much does it cost to attend the Lab?
The labs are offered free of any charge, but an application must be submitted in order to be selected.