Jill Maloney, a recent School of Public Policy graduate and CISSM graduate assistant, was awarded a graduate fellowship from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Maloney is the third graduate student and CISSM GA to accept a position through the NNSA fellowship program.
While in the program, Maloney will work in the Office of Cost Estimating and Program Evaluation within NNSA’s central office in Washington, D.C. There she will participate in evaluating costs and programs that relate to the U.S. nuclear program, nuclear security, and nuclear energy.
This is not Maloney’s first experience working on nuclear policy; in 2015, she interned at the Idaho National Lab. Maloney sees the fellowship program as an opportunity to build on her previous experiences and to learn from and network with professionals in the nuclear nonproliferation field. She notes that her work and connections with the CISSM researchers played an important role in helping her to secure the position.
“The fellowship program knows and respects CISSM’s work. Being a graduate assistant at CISSM and doing work related to nuclear nonproliferation gave me a huge edge in the interview process,” said Maloney.
The program is a full-time, salaried fellowship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and administered by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The program allows graduate-level students to gain hands-on experience in nuclear security and nonproliferation, as well as the opportunity to interact and collaborate with security professionals and researchers.