2018 George Washington University Law Fellowships

Position: Policy Fellow (two-year position)

Job Description 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. The fellows will join two GW Fellows who began two-year fellowships at Public Knowledge in 2017.  

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks: 

  • Provides input, strategic advice, and advocacy to shape laws and regulations that support open Internet policy, communications competition, and balanced intellectual property law.
  • Serves as lead author on advocacy documents that support public interest positions.
  • Partners 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.
  • Oversees, designs, and facilitates the development of presentations for meetings with policymakers, the press, internal staff, and other public interest groups.
  • Develops expertise in a select set of national, and where appropriate, global or state-based Internet technology or related policy issues.
  • Performs other work-related responsibilities and tasks, as needed.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate preferred
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated dedication to the fight for civil liberties, human rights, and a more open and competitive communications environment.

Compensation and Application Process:

This is a 2-year funded position at $70K/yr that will commence on September 1, 2018.

Please include a cover letter with your application and resume, at least two references that can speak to your substantive work, and one or two writing samples or excerpts. Please apply online at www.gwu.jobs for either R000463 or R000464. You may also send your application materials to recruiting@publicknowledge.org.