Summer 2021 Advocacy Interns

Overview: Public Knowledge is currently hiring advocacy interns for summer 2021. Applicants for legal internships must be current law students. Non-law students with demonstrated interest may apply for advocacy internships. Applicants 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.

Position Summary: Promote fundamental human rights in the digital economy by creating and executing strategies to promote the open internet, balanced intellectual property rights and communications competition.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks: Collaborate on strategy and advocacy to shape laws and regulations that support open internet policy, communications competition, and balanced intellectual property law. Draft legal and advocacy documents that support public interest positions. Collaborate 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. Develop expertise in a select set of national internet technology or related policy issues. Other responsibilities and tasks, as needed.

Application Information: Internships are generally about 10 weeks, approximately the end of May or first week of June to early-August. For 2021, interns should be prepared to work in person or virtually, depending on public health developments. 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, please fill out this form. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Decisions will be made on March 12, 2021. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Organization Description: Public Knowledge is a nonprofit technology policy organization that promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works. We challenge barriers to people’s rights to fairly create, access, own, and use content and innovative technologies by providing resources to policy makers and the public.

Our modes of advocacy include outreach to the U.S. Congress, the executive branch, and administrative agencies, filing administrative comments, submitting amicus briefs, hosting public education events, building coalitions, and writing white papers and blog posts. Legal and advocacy interns participate in all aspects of our work.

Please see our website to learn more about our positions on particular issues and the work that we do. For more general information about PK’s advocacy training program, click here.