Current Opportunities

  • Fall 2025 Fellowship Sponsorship
  • Fritz Fellow
  • Legal Research Assistant (must be a full-time GU student)

Fall 2025 Fellowship Sponsorship

The Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law seeks JD students graduating in 2025 to sponsor for externally funded public interest fellowships, such as those offered by Equal Justice Works, Open Society Foundations, and Justice Catalyst. We will work closely with the chosen candidate to develop a fellowship proposal that aligns with the Center’s mission and vision, as well as the candidate’s own interests, and will provide a high level of support to the candidate throughout the application process.

The Fellowship

Your specific duties and responsibilities will depend in large part on the details of your fellowship project, which should fall loosely within one of our four primary program areas: surveillance of workers, surveillance of immigrant communities, surveillance in systems of policing and punishment, surveillance of families (which includes everything from surveillance of abortion access to surveillance in the child protection bureaucracy).
All fellows at the Center are fully integrated into our work and culture as regular members of staff. This means that, in addition to working on your fellowship project, you will have the opportunity to learn from and support the work of the Center and of your colleagues in a variety of ways including:

  • Providing research and advocacy support to active projects across all four program areas;
  • Participating in coalition work with other organizations working at the intersection of privacy and civil rights;
  • Communicating with policymakers at the local, state and federal level about proposals to limit surveillance and its impacts on historically marginalized communities;
  • Helping to design and host public events that raise awareness on issues at the intersection of privacy, surveillance, and social and racial justice;
  • Participating in the Center’s regular external facing communications work, including by drafting op-eds, blogs, and social media posts and by taking press calls;
  • Representing the Center to funders, faculty, students and other stakeholders.

Fellows report to the Center’s Director of Research & Advocacy, and collaborate closely with all members of the Center’s staff.

About the Privacy Center

The Center on Privacy & Technology is 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.

Eligibility

  • JD students graduating in May 2025
  • Able to work in the US
  • Available to relocate to the Washington DC area in fall 2025

How to Apply

  • Complete this google form
  • Write a short cover letter (300 words max) telling us why you are interested in the Privacy Center as a fellowship host.
  • In a separate document (250-500 words), outline 1-2 ideas for potential fellowship projects. The projects you propose should be interesting and important to you, and aligned with the mission and vision of the Privacy Center. For each project you should summarize:
    • The purpose of the project — why is it important, what problem will it take on, who will it help?
    • The substantive focus of the project — what is the subject matter of the project, what area of law or policy does it involve?
    • The methodology of the project — how will you carry out the work?

The purpose of this part of the application is to help us get a sense of your interests and approach to the field, and not to establish the final project that will form the basis of your fellowship, so please feel free to be creative and ambitious. The ultimate fellowship project will be developed collaboratively between the chosen candidate and the staff of the Privacy Center.

  • Email your cover letter, resume and project proposal(s) to privacy@georgetown.edu in a single file saved as: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME_Fellowship application

Timeline

We are opening our search for potential fellows in summer 2024. We will review applications on a rolling basis. Finalists will be invited for an interview with Privacy Center staff, and we expect to make a final decision in August of 2024. The selected candidate will work closely with senior staff to develop applications to one or more fellowship programs. Our ability to host the chosen candidate at the Privacy Center depends on the success of the fellowship application(s). We do not have the capacity to fund your fellowship independently without the external award.
Salary range, fellowship length and benefits.

This is an externally funded position. Fellowship term, compensation and benefits vary depending on the fellowship award. We plan for the starting salary to be $62,500.

 

Fritz Fellow

The Georgetown Initiative on Technology and Society is hiring a Georgetown Law or Georgetown University undergraduate student to serve as a Fritz Fellow with the Center on Privacy and Technology, the Department of Computer Science, and the Massive Data Institute during the 2024 – 2025 academic year.

The law fellow will spend 10 – 12 hours per week conducting research on technologies for the collection, storage, and analysis of DNA evidence currently being developed by corporations and sold to police departments in the US. The fellow will focus on legal and policy questions related to the development, procurement and use of DNA tech, and will collaborate closely with other staff and students at the Privacy Center as well as the Computer Science Department and the Massive Data Institute. Any student currently enrolled in the JD, LLM, or Masters in Law and Technology program at Georgetown Law Center is eligible to apply. The hourly rate is $22.66/hour. The planned start date is August 26, 2024.

Housed at the Privacy Center, the selected candidate will also join the 2024 – 2025 Fritz Fellows cohort, which includes undergraduate students, law students, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows all working on different interdisciplinary projects related to the role of technology in society. The Fritz Family Fellowship aims to cultivate the next generation of leaders with expertise in the social impacts of technology, and build a network of public interest technologists who learn from and support each other’s work.

To apply for this role, please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and describing any relevant academic, professional or life experiences and a resume to privacy@georgetown.edu. Please use the subject line: Fritz Fellowship application, submit the cover letter and resume as one PDF file with the naming convention “LAST NAME, First name_Fritz Fellowship application”

Deadline to apply: June 28, 2024 11:59pm ET

Legal Research Assistant

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

The priority deadline for applications for the 2023-2024 academic year was Tuesday, October 10th at 11:59pm. Please read all the details of the description, including the timeline for decisions and the orientation meeting, on this page. After the priority deadline we will still accept applications, but will be reviewing and hiring less frequently.

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 – 2024 academic year.

We are looking for self-motivated undergraduate, graduate and law students. 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?

Legal Research Assistant

Potential tasks could include, but are not limited to:

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

*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. 

In addition to general-purpose legal research assistants, we are also seeking one legal research assistant who will be dedicated to our worker surveillance work. Please complete that part of the Legal Research Assistant application if you’re interested in being considered for that role.

How to apply:

To apply, please complete this Google form application:

What’s the timeline?

  • We are not actively reviewing applications right now.

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 out 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