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Internships and Fellowships

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2017 Global Policy Research and Analysis Extern and for Internet Policy Post-Graduate 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. Email recruiting@publicknowledge.org with questions. 

Fall 2017 Global Policy Research and Analysis Extern

Public Knowledge is currently hiring a Global Policy Research and Analysis Extern for Fall 2017. Applicants must be current J.D. or L.L.M. students and receive credit for the externship. Public Knowledge promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works. We work to shape policy on behalf of the public interest. Globally, Public Knowledge works with governments, companies, international agencies, and other organizations to improve the use of a human rights framework in shaping internet policy internationally.

We are looking for a Global Policy Research and Analysis Extern to focus on various research projects relating to freedom of expression, telecommunications policy, intellectual property, trade, universal jurisdiction, and cyber security. The extern will work on long and short policy-oriented research projects and blog posts. Ideally, the extern would read Spanish or Portuguese, but that is not a prerequisite.

Applicants must have a strong interest in the U.S. and global policy making process and a demonstrated interest in public interest (non-profit) technology policy, including issues arising under internet, telecommunications, copyright, patent, privacy, and international law.

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 is fine), two references, and a writing sample or excerpt of less than three pages to gus@publicknowledge.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

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.


  • 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 for Fall 2017.  

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