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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until April 1, 2017 for Fall 2017.