Job Opening: Kimmelman Internet Policy Fellowship

 Public Knowledge Seeking Candidates for Kimmelman Internet Policy Fellowship

Fall/Winter 2020-Fall/Winter 2021

Summary:     Public Knowledge is seeking candidates for a public interest fellowship learning and practicing federal advocacy. The fellow will promote diversity of viewpoints and free expression on the internet, competition among digital economy platforms, and access to broadband and other communications technologies for low-income and marginalized communities. This fellowship is named for Gene Kimmelman, former President and CEO of Public Knowledge, who has spent his career advocating for competition, diversity, and free expression in communications policy and training early career advocates.

Position:        Kimmelman Policy Fellow

Location:       Washington, DC

Position Summary:     Public Knowledge fellowships provide an opportunity for recent graduates to learn valuable 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 year.

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, with 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:

Bachelor’s or advanced degree.

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 or transferable policy experience.

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 $65,000 per year plus benefits.

Application Process: To apply,

Please send a resume, cover letter (including your experience and interest in public interest work), transcript if you have been out of school fewer than two years (official or unofficial), at least two references who are former supervisors and can speak to your substantive work, and a writing sample or excerpt of less than five pages (can be legal, policy, or an area of interest to you).

Applications will be considered until July 15, 2020, and the position will begin some time after September 8, 2020. The fellowship will begin by remote means if Public Knowledge is closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

For more general information about PK’s advocacy training program, click here.