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Policy Advocate/Counsel

Position Summary: The Policy Advocate/Counsel will play a key role in implementing Public Knowledge's mission and strategy through advocacy, policy and 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: Public Knowledge Legal Director

Essential Duties:

  • Assist in developing and implementing Public Knowledge's policy strategy to promote free expression and open, affordable access to technology including  topics such as intellectual property, broadband, and competition policy.
  • Meet with key policymakers at the Federal Communications Commission, Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, State Attorneys General offices, the White House, Congress, and elsewhere to build support for policies.
  • Convene and/or work in coalition with various stakeholder groups to develop priorities and strategies.
  • Research and draft documents such as congressional testimony for legislative hearings, advocacy documents, press releases, and possibly regulatory filings.
  • Serve as a resource and communicate well with allies and other non-D.C. based groups in building advocacy strategy and relationships with policymakers.
  • Work with Public Knowledge’s communications and campaign teams to develop communications and campaign strategies. Serve as a spokesperson and resource to the media within areas of expertise.


  • A law degree and at least three years of experience in competition, communications, technology or copyright law and/or policy OR a bachelor’s degree and more substantial experience in competition, communications, technology or copyright law and policy
  • Substantial policy and/or political experience
  • Demonstrated interest in public policy/public interest and the government decision making process
  • Experience drafting legal/advocacy documents such as briefs and model legislation a plus
  • Comprehension of the influences of the regulatory and government agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to create legal/advocacy defensive or proactive strategies
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity
  • Sound judgment and ability to analyze situations and information
  • Outstanding communication skills

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 two writing samples (max. 5 pages each) to jobs@publicknowledge.org, with the subject line “Policy Advocate/Counsel.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 10, 2018; open until filled.

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 and apply for the Google Policy 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

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



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