Job Opening: Internet Policy Post-Graduate Fellowship for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Summary: Public Knowledge is seeking candidates for a one year public interest fellowship advocating for policies that advance diversity, inclusion, and opportunity through federal internet and communications policy.

Position: Policy Fellow

Location: Washington, DC

Position Summary:

Public Knowledge fellowships provide an opportunity to learn valuable legal, analytical, and policymaking 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 year.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks:

Working with Public Knowledge staff and allies, advocate for policies that advance diversity, inclusion, and opportunity through federal internet and communications policy. Strategies may include challenging discrimination in the media and emerging digital platforms, exploring and opposing bias in artificial intelligence, promoting minority ownership in telecommunications and the media, advancing accessibility of telecommunications to minority populations, and working for other policy changes that promote individual rights in the digital economy.

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 policymakers, 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 or other graduate degree, or a B.A. or B.S. combined with significant relevant experience.

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 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

The compensation is $65,000 per year salary plus benefits similar to Public Knowledge employees. Benefits will include standard health insurance, a limited Metro monthly benefit, and two weeks paid vacation plus Public Knowledge holidays (including the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day).

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

Applications are considered on a rolling basis until April 15, 2018 for Fall 2018.