Association for Progressive Communications
APC is a collection of 52 organizations from over 37 developing countries devoted to increasing internet access. Projects include influencing legal policies, increasing women’s internet access, and strategic use of technology and capacity building. Contact Cheekay Cinco (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on internships currently available.
Creative Commons in a non-profit that develops flexible intellectual property licenses to be used in countries worldwide. Creative Commons accepts summer interns at their San Francisco office. In Summer 2010, the internship ran from June 7 to August 13 and paid a $4,000 stipend. The deadline to apply was March 26. Creative Commons only accepted incoming 3Ls who had taken at least two IP classes, including fundamentals of copyright, and preferred 3Ls who had worked in the IP field the previous summer. Creative Commons hired two interns.
Creative Commons accepts volunteers at its San Francisco office throughout the year. To be notified of volunteer opportunities, email email@example.com.
To contact Creative Commons for other reasons, visit http://creativecommons.org/contact.
Future of Music Coalition
The Future of Music Coalition is a national non-profit education, research and advocacy organization that identifies, examines, interprets and translates the challenging issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy. FMC achieves this through continuous interaction with its primary constituency - musicians - and in collaboration with other creator/citizen groups.
Offers multiple internships but none directed only toward the law.
Google Policy Fellowship
GPF offers students interested in internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer working on these issues at public interest organizations in selected cities in the U.S. and Canada. Participating organizations in the past have included the American Library Association, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, Cato Institute, Center for Democracy and Technology, The Citizen Lab, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Creative Commons, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Future of Music Coalition, Internet Education Foundation, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Media Access Project, National Hispanic Media Coalition, New America Foundation, Progress and Freedom Foundation, Public Knowledge, and the Technology Policy Institute. Google typically funds twelve or more interns. Duties vary by the organization interned with. For Summer 2010, the deadline to apply was January and students were notified of their acceptance or rejection by mid-March. The program was ten weeks long, from June to August, and a $7,000 stipend was provided. At the time of application, applicants must be 18 or older and full or part time students. Applicants must have the necessary citizenship or visas to work in the U.S. or Canada (depending on the location of their internship). Google does not help arrange visas. The Google Policy Fellowship program administrators can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Intellectual Property Institute
The IIPI is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in Washington, DC. As an international development organization and think tank, IIPI is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the use of intellectual property as a tool for economic growth, particularly in developing countries. Since 1998 the Institute has been engaged in a wide range of activities both abroad and within the United States, including critical research, public education, policy and training workshops, technical assistance, institution building and consultative services.
The International Senior Lawyers Project
The International Senior Lawyers Project is an international non-profit which provides legal advice to developing countries. It has had interns in the past (at least until 2008) but does not currently have any information on how to apply for an internship. Their volunteer and communications coordinator is Andra Moss, who can be contacted at (212) 895-1038. Additional contact information is available at http://www.islp.org/contactus.html.
Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture
PIPRA encourages the creation and distribution of applications for agricultural, health, water, and energy technologies in developing countries. Their activities include IP policy analysis, drafting and negotiating agreements, creating IP management workshops at public institutions, and providing regional IP resources, primarily in Latin America and Southeast Asia. PIPRA does not give information for applying for an internship on its website, but it has hosted interns in the past. Contact information for PIPRA is available at http://www.pipra.org/contact/. A list of organizations that participate in PIPRA is available at http://www.pipra.org/about.
Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors, Inc.
PIIPA is an international non-profit organization that makes intellectual property counsel available for developing countries and public interest organizations who seek to promote health, agriculture, biodiversity, science, culture, and the environment. PIIPA is currently seeking one general intern to perform legal research, grant-writing and administration; communicate with law firms, intellectual property practitioners and patent and trademark office representatives worldwide; respond to and process new client applications; perform website and social network presence development; plan and host meetings; perform data management; and write about PIIPA for news, public interest and legal publications. The internship is in Washington D.C. for half to full time for a minimum of two months. A stipend is available for full-time interns. The deadline to apply is September 2010. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
UAEM is a student organization that works to make university-patented drugs available to people in poor nations. UAEM hires summer legal interns. In 2010, UAEM hired one intern for 8 weeks, with flexible start and end dates. UAEM preferred interns in the California Bay Area but was willing to consider other interns who would work remotely. The intern was responsible for research on the relationships between universities and the pharmaceutical industry, institutional conflicts of interest, industry funding of universities, the Bayh-Dole Act, and Bayh-Dole-like legislation in developing nations. The deadline to apply was March 31. To apply, applicants were asked to send a cover letter, resume, and 3-5 page writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. To contact UAEM, email email@example.com or visit http://essentialmedicine.org/contact-us.
WHO offers internships year-round at their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. WHO hires several dozen graduate students a year. Internships at the regional offices may also be available- to inquire about such internships, contact the regional directors directly (http://www.who.int/about/structure/en/index.html). WHO ensures that interns’ assignments are related to their fields of study, meaningful for both the program and the intern, and at the appropriate level of complexity and variety. Internships are full time. Applicants must create a profile on WHO’s e-Recruitment system (http://www.who.int/employment/apply/en/), which will remain active for six months. Summer internships are available between May 1 and October 31. Applications are accepted between December 1 and January 31. Winter internships are available between November 1 and April 30. Applications are accepted between August 1 and September 30. For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
The organization is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.
AAAS Scientific Freedom, Responsibility, & Law Internship
The SFRL internship focuses on the ethical, legal, and social issues associated with the conduct of research and with advances in science and technology.
AAAS Science and Human Rights Program (SHRP)
SHRP works with scientists to "advance science and serve society" through human rights. The Program carries out its mission by engaging individual scientists and scientific associations in human rights efforts; applying scientific tools and technologies to enhance human rights work; bringing human rights standards to the conduct of science; and promoting the human right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress. Internships available on a per project basis.
AAAS Science & Policy Programs, the Center for Science, Technology, and Congress
Conducts an integrated program of activities designed to provide timely, objective information to Members of Congress and their staff on current science and technology issues.
AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy
Accepts interns who are interested in the field of science and security policy. Interns will monitor legislation impacting science and security, conduct science, technology and policy research, attend relevant Congressional hearings and meetings, participate in meetings of the science and security policy community, assist in the drafting of policy briefs.Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Berkman accepts interns in the summer and throughout the year. Interns must be willing to live and work in Massachusetts. The typical wage is $11.50 per hour. Time commitments for interns during the school year typically, but do not always, range from 8-12 hours per week. Interns during the summer must work 35 hours a week, for ten weeks. Summer internships include special events, lectures, and discussions with Berkman faculty and fellows. The deadline for Summer 2010 was March 5, 2010.
Internships for law students are available with the Cyberlaw Clinic and the Citizen Media Law Project. The Cyberlaw Clinic enagagess in litigation, client counseling, licensing, advocacy and legislative projects involving the Internet, new technology, intellectual property law, youth online safety and child protection. To apply to the Cyberlaw Clinic, send a letter describing your skills and interests, your resume, a legal writing sample, and the contact information for at least two references to Becca Tabasky (email@example.com). Citizen Media provides litigation referrals, consultation, and representation for online journalists; creates legal guides on a variety of topics of importance to online journalists; compiles a data base of legal threats directed at online journalists; and engages in advocacy and coalition building. To apply to Citizen Media send a cover letter describing your skills and interests, your resume, your transcript, a legal writing sample, and contact information for at least two references to Sam Bayard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Center for International Environmental Law: IP and Biodiversity
This organization is mainly concerned with environmental law, however, the IP and Biodiversity subgroup is concerned with information inequalities, cultural and traditional intellectual property in traditional knowledge, and the interplay between intellectual property and the natural world especially with regard to biodiversity.
Free Press is a media reform organization, whose activities include public interest advocacy, coalition-building grassroots outreach, advertising, conference organization, and web site production. Summer and school year internships for graduate students are available in Washington, D.C. and Florence, Massachusetts. A small stipend is provided. Interns may research, analyze, and write reports on specific media policy problems or develop model legislation, communications strategies, or draft a blueprint for coalition building. Applicants should send a completed Internship Application Form (http://www.freepress.net/files/Internship%20Application%20Form.pdf), a resume, and an unofficial transcript to:
Josh Stearns, Program Manager
40 Main St, Suite 301
Florence, MA 01062
Free Software Foundation
The Free Software Foundation is working to secure freedom for computer users by promoting the development and use of free (as in freedom) software and documentation — particularly the GNU operating system — and by campaigning against threats to computer user freedom like Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and software patents.
New America Foundation
New America regularly launches multi-year, issue-specific Policy Programs to bring innovative, cutting-edge policy solutions to the fore of the national debate. These programs combine ongoing research and publications with working groups, conferences and public events. In the process, New America convenes many of the nation's brightest minds -- from across the political spectrum -- to work collaboratively on some of the most complex dilemmas of our time.
Software Freedom Law Center
(Does not have a legal intern position, but has an internship program.)
We provide legal representation and other law-related services to protect and advance Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). Founded in 2005, the Center now represents many of the most important and well-established free software and open source projects.
IP Justice’s mission is to advise policy makers from around the world on the impact of intellectual property rules on traditional rights and innovation; build international coalitions and networks between independent organizations working to protect freedom of expression; promote laws and technologies that encourage further creativity and innovation, and fairly compensate creators; raise global public awareness on the threat to individual freedoms posed by expanding legal rights and technological restrictions to control intellectual property; encourage individuals worldwide to advocate for balanced intellectual property laws that preserve traditional consumer rights such as private copying, the public domain, and reverse engineering.
Intellectual Property Watch
Unpaid internships are available on an individual basis.
Intellectual Property Watch, a non-profit independent news service, reports on the interests and behind-the-scenes dynamics that influence the design and implementation of international intellectual property policies.
Public Knowledge is a Washington, D.C.-based public interest group that educates Congress and the public about citizens’ rights in the emerging digital culture. Issues they are working on include patent reform, ACTA, and net neutrality. Public Knowledge offers full-time summer internships and full and part-time school year internships. Internships are generally 8-10 weeks and are generally unpaid, although funding may be available through programs like the Google Policy Fellowship. For more information or to apply, please contact Sherwin Siy at email@example.com. If applying for an internship, please attach a cover letter, resume and a brief persuasive writing sample. Public Knowledge typically takes four interns during the summer and two or three interns during the school year.
The Public Patent Foundation is a New York based non-profit that fights undeserved patents that unfairly reduce the public domain, such as Breast Cancer Gene Patents, Monsanto Anti-Farmers Patents, and Gilead Sciences HIV/AIDS Drug Patents. It offers unpaid legal internships in the summer and school year. Example projects for interns include analyzing the validity and scope of individual patents, drafting commentary on proposed legislation or regulations, and investigating the impact current patent law has on civil liberties, public health, and free markets. To inquire about specific opportunities, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org describing your background, interest and availability. PUBPAT will contact you when an appropriate opportunity becomes available.
NTIA is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is the Executive Branch’s principal voice on domestic and international telecommunications and information technology policy issues. Internships are available in spring, summer, and fall semesters. Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship and be enrolled in a university program. Projects include research, writing, and other duties on subjects such as internet policy, domain names, broadband development, wireless telecommunication policy, competition/trade policy, and satellite policy, in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania. For information on how to apply contact Christopher Hemmerlein (email@example.com) or Yvonne Neal-Barfield (YNeal-Barfield@ntia.doc.gov).
ACLU Technology and Liberty Program
The Technology & Liberty Program monitors the interplay between cutting-edge technology and civil liberties, actively promoting responsible uses of technology that enhance privacy and freedom, while opposing those that undermine our freedoms and move us closer to a surveillance society. The areas most associated with Medical Privacy and E-Medical Records, Challenges Patents on Breast Cancer Genes, Report on Pandemic Preparedness, Forensic DNA Databanks, Academic Freedom and Government.
American Library Association
The ALA Constitution states the purpose of ALA as, “The object of the American Library Association shall be to promote library service and librarianship.” The stated mission is, “To provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.”
Center For Democracy and Technology
CDT interns and law clerks have the opportunity to join the effort to keep the Internet open, innovative, and free. Interns and law clerks work closely with CDT policy experts and attorneys, who cover a broad array of issues related to technology and civil liberties including online free expression, electronic surveillance, digital copyright, cybersecurity, Internet governance, and a range of privacy issues from spyware to health privacy to RFID technology to government ID programs. We encourage applicants to review the CDT website to better understand the breadth of issues in CDT’s work.
Center for Digital Democracy
The Center for Digital Democracy, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit advocacy organization committed to preserving the openness and diversity of the Internet in the broadband era, seeks an intern to monitor online developments in independent media and alternative content delivery platforms. CDD is particularly interested in identifying and tracking projects that strengthen the public interest potential of broadband, including its ability to promote civic discourse and cultural expression. The intern will research and write on these activities for CDD's website, as well as helping maintain the site.
The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, at the University of Toronto, Canada focusing on advanced research and development at the intersection of digital media, global security, and human rights.
Provides many paid fellowships for recent graduates as well as clerkship opportunities for students which seem to be paid.
EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values. Many of their core issues significantly touch on aspects of copyright and other IP law.
EFF is focused on preserving civil liberties in the area of technology, particularly through litigation. Issues they have worked on include the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, the Broadcasting Treaty, the WIPO Development Agenda, the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, online fair use of copyrighted materials, electronic voting, and the PATRIOT Act. Interns assist in all aspects of litigation, including legal research, factual investigation, and drafting of memoranda and briefs, while also helping with policy research, client counseling, and the development of public education materials. Internships are available in San Francisco during the summer and school year. Summer internships are at least 40 hours a week for 10-14 weeks. School year internships are at least 16 hours a week for 10-12 weeks. Stipends are sometimes available for summer internships but not for school year internships. Spring applications are accepted August 1-November 15. Summer applications are accepted October 1-January 31. Fall applications are accepted March 1-July 15. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so applying early is encouraged. To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Intern Applicant: [Your Name]." A resume and writing sample should be attached as .doc, .pdf, .rtf or .txt files (not WordPerfect). Writing samples on civil liberties and/or intellectual property issues are highly preferred. The body of the email should contain your "cover letter," explaining why you want to work with EFF and why they should want to work with you, followed by three references. In the past they have accepted anywhere from three to sixteen interns.
Technology Policy Institute
The Technology Policy Institute is a think tank that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. Our mission is to advance knowledge and inform policymakers by producing independent, rigorous research and by sponsoring educational programs and conferences on major issues affecting information technology and communications policy.
*** These places don’t show obvious internships on their websites, but it is very possible that if you contact them you could arrange something with them.
Internet Education Foundation
The Internet Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and policymakers about the potential of a decentralized global Internet to promote communications, commerce and democracy.
Library Copyright Alliance
Content and resources found on this site reflect the voice of LCA and its members on copyright and related intellectual property laws and treaties, nationally and internationally. Intellectual property laws are currently undergoing major changes in response to the growth in the use of digital formats for works. Accordingly, the members of LCA communicate with lawmakers both here and abroad to express that these changes enhance, rather than harm, the ability of libraries and information professionals to serve the needs of the general public.
Media Access Project
The mission of the Media Access Project (MAP) is to enhance democracy in the United States by protecting and fighting for the public’s First Amendment right to a diverse marketplace of ideas. On behalf of grassroots organizations and citizens at large, MAP advocates telecommunications and media policies that facilitate the free flow of information and increase the number of independent voices available in all media, whether via print, broadcasting, cable, satellite or on the Internet. Founded in 1972 with roots in the civil rights movement, MAP advocates before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, in the court system and in the press for laws, regulations, and rulings that further First Amendment values.
Public knowledge promotes innovation and the rights of consumers, while working to stop any legislation from passing that would slow technology innovation, shrink the public domain, or prevent fair use.
Genetic Resource Action International
GRAIN is a small international non-profit organisation that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems. Their support takes the form of independent research and analysis, networking at local, regional and international levels, and fostering new forms of cooperation and alliance-building. Most of their work is oriented towards, and carried out in, Africa, Asia and Latin America. They have an interest in IP in its relation to the patenting of seed and genetic resources.
TechFreedom is a non-profit, non-partisan technology policy think tank launched in 2011. Their mission is to promote the progress of technology that improves the human condition and expands individual capacity to choose. They advance the freedoms that make experimentation, entrepreneurship and investment possible, and thus unleash the ultimate resource: human ingenuity. On a wide variety of issues, TechFreedom will outline a path forward for policymakers towards a bright future where technology enhances freedom and freedom enhances technology.
The Progress and Freedom Foundation
The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. Its mission is to educate policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public about issues associated with technological change, based on a philosophy of limited government, free markets, and individual sovereignty.