Focusing public attention on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues

Jobs/IPIOP

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is a leading privacy and civil liberties organization, based in Washington, D.C., working to protect the public interest and to promote the Public Voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet. EPIC pursues public interest litigation, conducts public education, testifies in Congress, organizes conferences, coordinates grassroots advocacy, and publishes books, reports, and an online newsletter. EPIC also maintains several well-regarded Web sites, such as privacy.org, thepublicvoice.org, and privacycoalition.org.

We welcome applications from law students for Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 clerkships. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

If you are or have recently graduated law school and would like to spend a year or two with EPIC, you might apply for one or more distinguished fellowship programs. EPIC continually seeks to host candidates for these competitive fellowships. These fellowships are entrepreneurial in nature, with fellows proposing projects to be conducted under EPIC's supervision.

If you are generally interested in work in the public interest, though not necessarily with EPIC, visit idealist.org and Equal Justice Works for job listings and other internship listings.

EPIC is an equal opportunity employer. Women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Openings

EPIC currently has two Fellowship opportunities.

Fellowships

2014 EPIC Fellowship

EPIC is currently accepting applications for the 2014 EPIC Fellowship. The one-year fellowship is designed for a highly-qualified law graduate specializing in privacy law. The Fellowship will begin in September 2014. We seek applicants who have demonstrated an exceptional aptitude for legal research, writing, and advocacy. The EPIC Fellow will function as an integral part of EPIC's Washington, D.C. office. The EPIC Fellow will develop expertise in one of the following substantive areas: Appellate Advocacy, Consumer Privacy, Domestic Surveillance, FOIA Litigation, International Privacy, or Voting Privacy. Typical projects include: drafting legal briefs, submitting administrative filings, researching issues for Congressional testimony, creating web pages, and editing publications. EPIC encourages applications from interested third-year law students, judicial clerks, and recent graduates. The application process is competitive.

Other Fellowships

Each year, EPIC seeks qualified recent law graduates to apply for fellowships. EPIC seeks to serve as a host organization for applicants for these fellowships, which are funded by outside organizations. These project based fellowships are highly competitive and seek to fund new and innovative public interest law projects. These fellowships are a chance to gain high quality public interest legal experience.

Applicants should contact EPIC describing their suggested project and interests. Applicants should be aware of deadlines in the Fall of each year, and that it takes time for EPIC to evaluate and work with a candidate to develop a quality proposal. The earlier the contact, the stronger the proposal that can be developed.

Equal Justice Fellowships

In 1992, the National Association of Public Interest Law (NAPIL) created a postgraduate fellowship program called NAPIL Fellowships for Equal Justice. NAPIL has since been renamed to Equal Justice Works (EJW). These fellowships are awarded to graduating law students or recent graduates who, usually in cooperation with a sponsoring nonprofit organization, developed special projects designed to address and remedy civil injustices. EJW provides each Fellow with salary, loan repayment assistance, a national training program, support and assistance throughout the fellowship.

Please consult the Equal Justice Works fellowship Web site, for further information about the Fellowship.

Skadden Fellowships

In 1988 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom established the Skadden Fellowship program. Skadden Fellows work for two years with the host organization on a public interest project of their own design. As of 2007 over 500 Fellowships had been awarded. Skadden Fellows are provided with a salary, loan repayment assistance and fringe benefits. Fellows also join the network of current and former fellows, participating in the annual Skadden Fellowship symposium.

Further information on Skadden Fellowships is available from the Skadden Fellowship Web site.

Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowships

Soros Justice Fellowships have been awarded by the Open Society Institute since 1997. Over 200 individuals have received them. These fellowships focus on criminal justice issues and are not limited to lawyers. Applicants are expected "to initiate innovative policy advocacy projects that will have a measurable impact on one or more of the U.S. Justice Fund's criminal justice priorities."

More information is available at the Soros Justice Fellowship Web site.

Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowships

The Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program offers Fellowships for public interest lawyers from across the United States who are committed to advancing women's rights throughout their careers, and who are interested in gaining experience working on women's rights for a year with a public interest organization or governmental agency in the nation's capital.

More information is available at the Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowships Program Web site.

Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship

The Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship and Fund supports the work of Yale law students and graduates advocating on behalf of those underserved or underrepresented in civil and criminal law.

More information is available at the Liman Fellowship Web site.

Internet Public Interest Opportunities Program (IPIOP) Clerkships

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
Washington, DC

A grant from the Glushko-Samuelson Foundation has made possible the EPIC Internet Public Interest Opportunities Program (IPIOP). IPIOP is an intensive legal internship with EPIC that is held during the summer, fall, and spring terms. IPIOP seeks outstanding law students interested in public interest issues related to the Internet to spend a summer or a semester at the EPIC office in Washington.

Description: Learn about the legislative process, public interest litigation, the Freedom of Information Act, online activism, and emerging Internet issues.

The IPIOP Program gives law students the opportunity to actively participate in valuable programs in Internet law, policy, and legislation. IPIOP clerks also attend weekly seminars led by eminent scholars and practitioners in the field of Internet policy. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for clerks to experience first-hand the new and exciting intersection between Internet law and public policy.

Washington, D.C. provides an ideal location for an introduction to Internet law and policy. IPIOP clerks attend agency proceedings, policy meetings, Congressional hearings, and visit many landmarks in the Nation's Capital.

Legislation: IPIOP clerks research and draft memoranda on critical issues before Congress, and attend hearings. Clerks learn about the legislative process, which is the critical opportunity for public interest organizations to make a case directly to lawmakers, to engage in discussion about the details of proposed legislation, and to establish connections with critical committees and decision makers.

Government Oversight: The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a powerful tool for public interest organizations to learn about otherwise inscrutable governmental activities and to promote public oversight. Each IPIOP clerk researches, drafts, and submits a FOIA request on a controversial issue to one of many governmental agencies. Clerks also assist in litigating pending FOIA matters.

Litigation: Clerks assist EPIC staff in developing litigation strategy in key cases with significant impact on critical Internet issues. Clerk activities in this area include drafting memoranda, meeting with attorneys, and attending court hearings.

Collaboration: IPIOP works in association with public interest litigators and law school clinics across the country. A distinguished Advisory Committee oversees the work of IPIOP.

Qualifications: Energy, enthusiasm, and creativity. Currently enrolled in law school. (Students enrolled in non-US schools are welcome to apply.) Excellent writing and communication skills. Strong interest in civil liberties issues relating to the Internet, particularly free speech, privacy, open government, and democratic governance.

Web site: http://www.epic.org

Application: Submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, undergraduate and law school transcripts, and recommendation letter. Indicate semester or summer, e.g., "Fall 2014," "Spring 2014," or "Summer 2014." We accept applications on a rolling basis.

Contact: Ginger McCall, EPIC Associate Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center, 1718 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20009 +1 202 483-1140 (tel) +1 202 483-1248 (fax) ipiop AT epic.org (e-mail)

IPIOP Experiences

Ruchika Agrawal, Stanford (IPIOP Science Policy Fellow) "Profiles of Success."

Mark Pike, William & Mary (Summer 2007) "An EPIC Summer"

Caitriona Fitzgerald, Northeastern Law School (Spring 2007) "On the Cutting Edge"