Current Opportunities

Seeking Georgetown student communications assistants and legal research assistants

Eligibility: Must be a currently full-time enrolled student at Georgetown University

Deadline for applications is Friday, January 6, 2023 at 5:00 EST. Please read all the details of the description, including the timeline for decisions and the orientation meeting, on this page.

Are you interested in issues of privacy, surveillance, civil rights or technology law and policy? Do you enjoy putting together information in pursuit of a larger goal? Digging into research to uncover new information? The Center on Privacy & Technology is searching for both Communications and Legal Research Assistants for the 2023 spring semester.

We are looking for self-motivated undergraduate, graduate and law students to commit to a semester-long*, part-time research assistant job. You will work approximately 5-15 hours per as needed. Research assistants are paid $19.50/hour.

What’s the Center?
The Center on Privacy & Technology is a think tank focused on privacy and surveillance law and policy—and the communities they affect. We believe that privacy 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. Read about our mission, staff, and our work on our website.

What’s the job?

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT
Potential tasks could include, but are not limited to:

  • Keep our communications tools and databases organized, updated, and ready-to-go.
  • Monitor the Center’s email accounts for new press contacts and clips.
  • Dig into the Center’s archives to re-purpose and share older reports and findings.
  • Create and edit graphics for Center publications.
  • Assist with updating the Center’s website content as needed using WordPress.
  • Assist with updating the Center report websites as needed using Drupal.
  • Draft tweets for the Center’s Twitter account. 
  • Draft blogs related to topics of privacy and surveillance.
  • Assist with planning and promoting events.
  • Read newsletters and watch social media accounts to stay up to date with developments in the field, our partner organizations, including other Georgetown Law Centers and Institutes to create content about any relevant job alerts, public events, and major research findings.
  • Conducting communications-related research.
  • Other administrative and organizational tasks.

Who are we looking for?**
Someone who has…

  • Fantastic organization skills and an eye for detailed data entry.
  • Excellent writing skills or a willingness to practice, incorporate feedback and improve their writing skills.
  • Experience managing a successful social media account or a strong desire to learn.
  • Experience with WordPress or other website editing software.
  • A commitment to civil rights, racial justice, and social justice.
  • Video and photo editing experience.

Apply here: COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT

LEGAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Potential tasks could include, but are not limited to:

  • Draft tweets for the Center’s Twitter account based on substantive research. 
  • Draft blogs related to topics of privacy and surveillance.
  • Research legal questions.
  • Write memos summarizing legal research findings.
  • Assist with planning and promoting events.
  • Other administrative and organizational tasks.

Who are we looking for?**
Someone who has…

  • Excellent writing skills that include the ability to clearly express and organize information.
  • Research skills to include: seeking out primary sources, an ability to plan how to obtain the answer to the research question, and to identify key findings.
  • The ability to manage up and make sure projects are completed by the deadline.
  • A commitment to civil rights, racial justice, and social justice.

Apply here: LEGAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT

*If hired, there is the possibility of continuing on with the Center for the 2023 – 2024 academic year.
**Even if you don’t possess these skills but are passionate about The Center’s mission and work, we are willing to work with the right candidates to train them. 

How to apply:
To apply, please complete this Google form applications with the position you are interested in:

What’s the timeline?

  • Deadline for applications is Friday, January 6, 2023.
  • Applications will be reviewed January 9 – 19, 2023
  • Decision will be communicated on January 20, 2023
  • If selected as a research assistant, we expect you to be available for a MANDATORY remote orientation on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 8:00a.m. eastern time. IF YOU APPLY, PLEASE HOLD THAT TIME ON YOUR CALENDAR.

Hours, location, additional information:

This position is hybrid. Some work will be able to be done remotely, but there will also be some in-office expectations to be worked individually. Our offices are located at 500 1st Street NW, 6th floor. The GUTS shuttle goes between the law center and main campus.

Hours are flexible, but will include regular check-ins and some meeting attendance. 

These positions will report overall to Katie Evans, Deputy Director, but will work with various staff members on specific projects. Any questions, please contact: privacy@georgetown.edu