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Applications Open for Google’s 2012 Policy Fellowships

December 23rd, 2011 / in policy, resources / by Erwin Gianchandani

2012 Google Policy Fellowships [image courtesy Google].Google is calling for applications to its 2012 Google Policy Fellowships, which offer undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy “the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests.”

According to Google:

Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more. Participating organizations are based in either Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, Ottawa or Toronto, Canada and include: American Library Association, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, Center for Democracy and Technology, 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, TechFreedom, and Technology Policy Institute. More information about the host organizations and the areas of focus for the fellows are outlined here.


Fellows will be assigned a lead mentor at their host organizations, but will have the opportunity to work with several senior staff members over the course of the summer. Fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of their organization, including conducting policy research and analysis; drafting reports and analyses; attending government and industry meetings and conferences; and participating in other advocacy activities.

Students (at least 18 years of age) from all majors and degree programs are encouraged to apply. Applications — including a resume and a 750-word personal statement outlining one’s qualifications for, and interest in, the program as well as goals for participating — are due electronically by Feb. 3, 2012.

Selection criteria will include (after the jump):

  • Demonstrated or stated commitment to Internet and technology policy;
  • Excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise;
  • First-rate analytical, communications, research, and writing skills; and
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500 for 10 weeks during the summer of 2012 (June-August); exact dates of the fellowship will be worked out by the fellow and host organization.

To learn more (and apply), check out the 2012 Google Policy Fellowships website, which provides the names and host organizations for prior-year Fellows (201120102009, and 2008).

(Contributed by Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Director)

Applications Open for Google’s 2012 Policy Fellowships

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