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Internships and Fellowships

We are currently accepting applications for Legal Advocacy Interns, George Washington University Legal Advocacy Interns, Internet Policy Post-Graduate Law Fellows, and George Washington University Law Fellows. You can read about the open positions below.

To learn about Public Knowledge’s Internship and Fellowship programs, check out the videos at the bottom of this page and visit publicknowledge.org/AdvocacyTraining. To learn about and apply for the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, click here.


Summer 2017 Legal Advocacy Interns

Public Knowledge is currently hiring legal advocacy interns for summer 2017. Applicants must be current law students. Applicants must have a strong interest in the U.S. policy making process -- the U.S. Congress, the executive branch, and agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in public interest (non-profit) technology policy, including issues arising under internet, telecommunications, copyright, patent, privacy, and international law. Internships are generally about 10 weeks, approximately the first week of June to mid-August.

Public Knowledge is committed to ensuring that all interns are compensated for their work. We will work with exceptional candidates who do not receive funding from their schools to help secure alternate third-party sources of summer funding.

To apply, send a cover letter describing your experience and interest in public interest work and Public Knowledge’s work, resume, law school transcript (unofficial or official), two references (preferably job related), and a writing sample or excerpt of less than three pages to recruiting@publicknowledge.org. Applications are now being accepted and will be considered on a rolling basis until February 24, 2017.


George Washington University 2017 Summer Legal Advocacy Interns

Public Knowledge is currently hiring up to four legal advocacy interns for summer 2017 with funding by GW Law. Applicants must be current law students and have a demonstrated interest in the policy making process and public interest technology policy, including issues arising under internet, telecommunications, copyright, patent, privacy, and international law.  

Internships will begin on or about May 15, lasting for 10 weeks, ending on or about July 21, 2017.  GW Law will provide a stipend of $4,000 to each intern.

To apply, send a cover letter (including your experience and interest in public interest work), resume, list of references, law school transcript (unofficial or official), and a writing sample or excerpts of less than five pages to recruiting@publicknowledge.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and will be accepted until February 28, 2017.


Internet Policy Post-Graduate Law Fellowship Candidates

Summary: Public Knowledge is seeking candidates who are graduating in spring 2017 and spring 2018 for public interest legal fellowships in the area of internet and communications policy. Candidates would work with Public Knowledge to secure a public interest sponsor, such as the candidate’s law school, Equal Justice Works, or another source.

Position: Policy Fellow

Position Summary: Public Knowledge fellowships provide an opportunity for recent graduates to learn valuable legal, analytical, and policy making skills in an on-the-job setting that includes advocacy with Congress and federal agencies. Fellows promote fundamental human rights in the digital economy by working to create and execute strategies that promote the open internet, balanced intellectual property rights, and communications competition. The fellowship length is one or two years, depending on the sponsor.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks: 

  • Provide input, strategic 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.   
  • 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.

Attributes:

  • 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 is dependent on sponsor.

 Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter (including your experience and interest in public interest work), resume, transcript (official or unofficial), at least two references who can speak to your substantive work, and a writing sample or excerpt of less than five pages to recruiting@publicknowledge.orgApplications are considered on a rolling basis until April 1, 2017 for Fall 2017.  


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.

Attributes:

  • 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.org. The deadline for applications is February 3, 2017.


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