The Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law seeks motivated graduate or law students who are passionate about the intersection of privacy, technology, civil rights, and social justice for a ten week summer 2021 position in Washington, DC or remote as conditions require. The Center will consider applicants for two different types of positions:

  • Paid position: Fellow will receive a $7,500 stipend to conduct focused research and writing on a tech policy issue that affects historically disadvantaged communities.
  • For-credit or externally funded position: To qualify, applicants must be able to either receive credit from their academic institution or obtain funding from an outside source. We are happy to work with qualified candidates to help secure outside funding by writing letters of support.

About Us
The Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law is a think tank focused on privacy and surveillance law and policy—and the communities they affect.

Privacy is not a luxury. It is a fundamental right under threat from both government and corporate surveillance, especially for historically marginalized people. Through research and advocacy, we challenge that surveillance and work towards a world where privacy protects everyone.

  • We undertake rigorous, long-term investigations. We don’t want to react to the policy cycle. We want to create it. Our home in the academy gives us the time and resources we need to do that.
  • We pair research with action. Our proposals help legislators and affected communities enact transformational privacy and civil rights reforms. We advocate for those ideas alongside the nation’s leading grassroots and civil rights organizations.
  • We highlight the color of surveillance. Most privacy debates don’t touch on race, class, or power. We unearth and expose the disparate impact of surveillance and amplify the voices of the people being watched.
  • We educate the next generation of privacy advocates. We train law students to collaborate with computer scientists, engineers, and others. Through that work, they develop a more nuanced view of how technology, law, and society interact.

The Position
Responsibilities:

  • Contribute research and writing to projects that may include a broad range of tech policy issues, including but not limited to surveillance, biometrics, police technology, consumer privacy, financial technology, and cybersecurity;
  • Participate in policy advocacy at the local, state and federal level, in coalition with other organizations working on tech policy.
  • Help prepare op-eds, blog posts, newsletter content, social media postings, and other pieces of writing
    Attend internal and external events; and
  • Other tasks as directed.

Qualifications
Ideal candidates will possess the following characteristics:

  • Current law student or graduate student in a technology field;
  • Demonstrated passion for relevant technology policy issues;
  • An interest in historically disadvantaged communities;
  • Proven research and analytical skills;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Resourcefulness, determination, and tenacity;
  • Comfort discussing policy issues with non-expert audiences;
  • Technical knowledge, skills, and aptitude a plus.

Application Process

1. Please create a single PDF with the filename LASTNAME_Firstname.pdf that
includes—in order:

  • A cover letter that explains your interest in working with us;
  • Your resume, including GPA;
  • Three references with contact information only (no need to submit letters of recommendation); and
  • A 500-800 words response to the question, “What is a technology
    policy issue that interests you and that affects a historically disadvantaged
    community or communities?”

2. Submit your application PDF as an attachment by email to: 2021_Su.j1jacboswna1qxi6@u.box.com

3. After you have submitted your application by email, please fill out the brief form at: https://forms.gle/yPd1poY2PTXay6fQ7

Submissions will be accepted until March 12, but will be considered on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply early. Typically, the fellowship begins after Memorial Day and goes through late July/early August. We anticipate this position to be remote.

Please direct any questions to privacy@law.georgetown.edu. No phone calls please.