Ideas. Action. Results.

Program Background

To honor Vito Stagliano’s life and career as an exceptional teacher, researcher, and public servant, and in recognition of his passion for sharing ideas while promoting work on the topics he pursued during his long and storied career, the Bipartisan Policy (BPC) will annually award—to graduate or undergraduate students—a summer internship opportunity to conduct research on pertinent energy policy topics in Washington, D.C. at BPC’s office headquarters.


The intern will work directly with BPC’s Energy Project team on analysis and research, event planning, monitoring news and congressional activity, blogging, communications activities, and administrative support. The intern will help support the Energy Project’s major initiatives in a number of possible areas, including:

  • Responsible production of natural gas and petroleum
  • Environmental policies associated with the electric power sector
  • Analysis of the costs and benefits of energy subsidies
  • Development of metrics to determine progress in meeting energy goals
  • Policies associated with maintaining the reliability of the electric grid
  • Energy innovation and creative energy finance methods
  • Incentives for energy efficiency
  • The future of nuclear power
  • Policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

About Vito Stagliano

Vito Stagliano joined the National Commission on Energy Policy (a former project of the BPC) in March 2006 and served as research director until August 2007. Formerly a federal executive, Stagliano served most of his public service career in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), initially as special assistant to the secretary, subsequently as head of the Policy Integration Office, and finally as deputy assistant secretary for policy analysis. He assisted in the analyses and design of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the Energy Policy Act of 1992. He was awarded bronze and silver medals for exceptional service by Energy Secretary James D. Watkins and a Meritorious Service Medal by President George H.W. Bush. He retired from the Energy Department in 1992. He oversaw the analyses conducted by the DOE national laboratories that led to the promulgation of the first federal climate change policy.

He is the author of A Policy of Discontent: The Making of a National Energy Strategy and has contributed articles and research papers to the Electricity Journal, Public Utilities Fortnightly, Resources for the Future’s Resources magazine, and Dialogue, the journal of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics. Stagliano was a member of the Theodore Thomas Society of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Poetry Society. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and served on the staff of the Peace Corps in Ghana, Senegal, Bourkina Faso and Washington, D.C.