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Government Affairs Policy Advocate/Counsel

Position Summary: The Government Affairs Policy Advocate/Counsel 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: Vice President, Government Affairs

Essential Duties:

  • Assist in developing and implementing Public Knowledge's legislative and outreach strategy
  • Analyze legislative and regulatory proposals and obtain up-to-date information on legislative/regulatory matters
  • Represent Public Knowledge at relevant conferences, events, coalition meetings, and before policy-making bodies such as Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Copyright Office'
  • Draft and edit agency comments and/or congressional testimony for legislative hearings on telecommunications /technology policy, intellectual property, and other issues
  • Serve as a resource to allies and other non-D.C. based groups in building advocacy strategy and relationships with policymakers
  • Organize events to advance policy positions, including Congressional advocacy days and field events
  • Coordinate development of Public Knowledge advocacy materials
  • Mentor legal and policy fellows.
  • 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
  • Graduate degree preferred
  • Three or more years of experience with Capitol Hill, Federal agencies, or other relevant policy-related experience
  • Familiarity with legislative matters regarding technology policy preferred
  • Experience conducting outreach and developing partnerships with a wide range of organizations and constituencies
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • A creative self-starter who can devise new, innovative outreach strategies
  • A willingness and ability to learn complex technological and legal issues quickly
  • Ability to translate complex technical and legal issues for consumption by policymakers and the general public
  • The ability to produce high‐quality results on tight deadlines and with little oversight

Compensation: Public Knowledge provides competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and opportunities for professional growth.

To Apply: Send a resume including salary history, cover letter stating your interest in Public Knowledge, and at least one writing sample (max. 5 pages each) to: jobs@publicknowledge.org, with the subject line “Government Affairs Policy Advocate/Counsel.”  The deadline for applications is January 7, 2019.

Internships and Fellowships

We are currently accepting applications for:

You can read about the open positions below. To learn about and apply for the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, click here.

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. 

Internet Policy Post-Graduate Law Fellowship Candidates

Summary: Public Knowledge is seeking recent graduates 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.org

Summer 2019 Legal Advocacy Interns

Public Knowledge is currently hiring legal advocacy interns for summer 2019. Applicants must be current law students and 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. 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 attempt to 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 is fine), two references (preferably job-related), and a writing sample or excerpt of less than three pages to recruiting@publicknowledge.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through April 1, 2019. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.  

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



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