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We are currently accepting applications for a Government Affairs Policy Counsel/Advocate. For Fellowships and Internships, please scroll to the bottom of this page. 

Government Affairs Policy Counsel/Advocate

Position Summary: The Government Affairs Policy Counsel/Advocate will play a key role in implementing Public Knowledge’s government affairs strategy through advocacy, strategy development, and relationship building in Congress, at Federal agencies, within the Executive Branch, and across the public interest field.

Position Status: Full‐time

Location: Washington, D.C.

Reports to: Director of Government Affairs

Essential Duties:

  • Assist in developing and implementing Public Knowledge’s advocacy strategy and approach to Capitol Hill on issues such as net neutrality, platform accountability, content moderation and free expression, broadband deployment and affordability, spectrum, copyright reform, and other technology policy issues that affect consumers
  • Obtain up to date information on technology legislative matters before Congress
  • Meet with key policymakers at the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, the White House, Congress and elsewhere to build support for Public Knowledge’s priorities
  • Convene and work in coalitions with various stakeholder groups to develop priorities and strategies
  • Research and draft congressional testimony for legislative hearings on telecommunications/technology policy issues and help prepare witnesses for hearings
  • Serve as a resource to allies and other non-­D.C. based groups in building advocacy strategy and relationships with policymakers
  • Coordinate development of Public Knowledge advocacy materials
  • Serve as a spokesperson and resource to the media within areas of expertise


  • A college graduate with a passion for public policy, knowledge and interest in technology, and a demonstrated interest in the political process and advocacy in the public interest
  • Law or other Graduate degree a plus
  • Three or more years of experience with Capitol Hill, Federal agencies, or other relevant policy‐related experience
  • Familiarity with legislative efforts on technology policy preferred
  • Experience conducting legislative or issue advocacy and developing partnerships with a wide range of organizations and constituencies
  • Experience drafting legal/advocacy documents such as briefs and model legislation preferred
  • Full comprehension of the influences of the regulatory and government agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to create advocacy strategies
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Sound judgment and ability to analyze situations and information
  • Strong communications skills
  • A creative self-­starter who can devise new, innovative outreach methods
  • A willingness and ability to learn complex technological and legal issues quickly
  • The ability to produce high-­quality results on tight deadlines and with little oversight

Compensation: Base salary from $65,000 – $80,000 depending on experience, plus excellent benefits and opportunities for professional growth.

To Apply: Send a resume, cover letter stating your interest in Public Knowledge, and a writing sample (maximum five pages each) to: jobs@publicknowledge.org, with the subject line “Government Affairs Policy Counsel/Advocate.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply early. Position will be open until filled.

Internships and Fellowships

We are currently accepting applications for:

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. Email recruiting@publicknowledge.org with questions. 

Summer 2021 Advocacy Interns

Overview: Public Knowledge is currently hiring advocacy interns for summer 2021. Applicants for legal internships must be current law students. Non-law students with demonstrated interest may apply for advocacy internships. Applicants must have a strong interest in the policy making process — the U.S. Congress, the executive branch, and agencies such as the FCC. 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.

Position Summary: 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.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks: Collaborate on strategy and advocacy to shape laws and regulations that support open internet policy, communications competition, and balanced intellectual property law. Draft legal and advocacy documents that support public interest positions. Collaborate 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. Develop expertise in a select set of national internet technology or related policy issues. Other responsibilities and tasks, as needed.

Application Information: Internships are generally about 10 weeks, approximately the end of May or first week of June to early-August. For 2021, interns should be prepared to work in person or virtually, depending on public health developments. 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 attempt to secure alternate third-party sources of summer funding.

To apply, please fill out this form. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Decisions will be made on March 12, 2021. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Communications Intern

Position Summary: Public Knowledge seeks a dynamic self-starter to assist the organization’s communications team with its marketing and communications efforts. Communications internships at Public Knowledge provide undergraduate students an opportunity to learn first-hand the skills required to succeed in communications for a public interest advocacy organization. Candidates may either secure funding from a public interest sponsor, such as their college/university, or work with their college/university to receive academic credit. Internships may be served during any academic semester.


  • Draft blog posts, a variety of website content (including Issue pages and Take Action pages), fact sheets, marketing emails, social media posts (for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), and other content.
  • With guidance, shoot and edit video footage to enhance the Public Knowledge website, marketing emails, and social media channels.
  • Create and edit graphics to enhance the Public Knowledge website, marketing emails, and social media channels.
  • Review and report on web analytics for Public Knowledge websites and social media channels.
  • Attend and live-tweet Congressional hearings, FCC Open Meetings, and other relevant events.
  • Serve as an editor on blog posts and other digital content as needed.
  • Help plan and execute campaigns and participate in coalitions.


  • Excellent communications skills, including both oral and written.
  • An understanding of social media tools and platforms.
  • Ability to translate complex ideas into understandable written and oral statements and messages intended to persuade, influence, or inform others, including public opinion leaders.
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Public Knowledge, public interest advocacy, and technology policy.
  • Interest in policymaking and the political process.
  • Familiarity with video production and graphic design.
  • Knowledge of web analytics and/or CMS and CRM use a plus.

Compensation: Compensation or academic credit is dependent on sponsor. If sponsorship is not available, Public Knowledge can provide a $1000-per-month stipend.

Hours: 10-20 hours per week

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.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

You can watch these videos to learn more about our Internship and Fellowship programs: