2017 George Washington University Law Fellowships

Position: Policy Fellow (two-year position)

Position Summary: The GW fellows will promote fundamental human rights in the digital economy by creating and executing strategies to promote the open internet, balanced intellectual property rights, and communications competition. Two GW fellows will be selected, and the fellowship term of two years will be served at Public Knowledge, with possible rotations to other public interest groups with a similar focus. The fellows will join two GW fellows who began two-year fellowships at Public Knowledge in 2016.  

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks: 

  • Provide input, strategy advice, and advocacy to shape laws and regulations that support open internet policy, communications competition, and balanced intellectual property law.
  • Serve as author on advocacy documents that support public interest positions.
  • Partner with government relations and communications staff to develop and execute strategy on Capitol Hill, at the Federal Communications Commission, with other government agencies, in coalitions including other public interest groups, and with the press.
  • Oversee, design, and facilitate development of presentations for meetings with policy makers, the press, internal staff, and other public interest groups.
  • Develop expertise in a select set of national, and where appropriate, global or state-based internet technology or related policy issues.
  • Other responsibilities and tasks, as needed. 

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • A Juris Doctor is required.  GW Law graduates receive a strong preference for this program.  
  • Ability to digest and understand underlying legal or policy documents as a prerequisite to strategic and policy planning.
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to think quickly and devise legislative and political strategies to attain a projected outcome.
  • Substantive knowledge of some communications law and policy issues.
  • Ability to conduct research and analyze data.


  • Demonstrated dedication to the fight for civil liberties, human rights, and a more open and competitive communications environment.
  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to translate complex ideas into understandable written and oral statements and messages to persuade, influence, or inform others, including public opinion leaders and the media.

Compensation and Application Process:

Compensation: Fellows receive $65,000 per year plus health benefits and up to $10,000 in loan repayment assistance over two years on the same basis as GW’s LRAP program, directly from GW.


Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter (including your experience and interest in public interest work), resume, at least two references who can speak to your substantive work, a transcript (unofficial or official), and a writing sample or excerpt of less than five pages to recruiting@publicknowledge.orgApplications will be considered on a rolling basis until March 3, 2017.