Host organizations

North America

Asia Pacific

American Association of People with Disabilities

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

http://www.aapd.com/

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) advocates for public policy that supports the community integration, equal opportunity and economic self-sufficiency, equal rights and political participation, and access to comprehensive affordable healthcare for people with disabilities. Technology can play an integral role in assisting people with disabilities to live independently and be fully integrated in their communities. It is a policy priority of AAPD to advance initiatives that promote the development of universally designed technology, and that ensure affordable access to that technology, to support people with disabilities to live independently.

A Public Policy Fellow placed with AAPD will work with AAPD’s leadership and public policy staff toward those ends. Specifically, the Fellow will provide support to AAPD’s monthly Technology Forum, which brings together members of the disability advocacy community and technology industry to discuss issues regarding accessibility and access to technology for people with disabilities. The Forum is currently focusing on the Internet of Things and involving people with disabilities in the product market research, development, and testing process. The Fellow will also be included in a variety of administrative and legislative advocacy activities depending on the regulatory and congressional action during the fellowship.

American Enterprise Institute

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

https://www.aei.org/

AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology policy (CICT) is Washington’s go-to source for all things tech policy, including (but not limited to) net neutrality, intellectual property, competition in high-tech industries, cybersecurity, Internet governance, and online trade issues. In 2016, we are focusing heavily on our Global Internet Strategy (GIS) project, which is aimed at developing a much-needed American strategy for Internet-related issues.

In the past, Google Fellows working with the CICT team have contributed substantial research to the GIS project and CICT in general. We consider our Google Fellows to be an invaluable part of the team and strive to make their time with us as valuable as possible. We facilitate and encourage direct interactions with scholars and leading thinkers in the field, provide research guidance and feedback, and, in some cases, publish and promote research produced by the Fellows.

American Library Association

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

http://www.ala.org/

The American Library Association (ALA) advocates for policy to ensure equitable access to information resources through libraries and for the public at large. ALA interprets “policy” broadly, to include copyright & licensing, privacy, intellectual freedom, telecommunications, and funding; and domain-specific services that libraries provide or enable such as entrepreneurship, employment, education, empowerment, and engagement of communities (i.e., The E’s of Libraries®). The Fellow would reside in ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) in Washington, D.C. Typically, the Fellow would undertake a major project that is related to the Fellow’s interests and also advances a current priority of the Office. Additionally, the Fellow would participate in the general work of the Office to obtain an appreciation of how we do our policy advocacy overall, attending hearings, meetings, and other convenings. As 2016 is an election year, a key priority is work in preparation for the next Administration.

Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Fellowship location: Boston, MA

http://newurbanmechanics.org/boston/

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Superintendent of Schools Tommy Chang are pushing a forward ­looking agenda of change for Boston Public Schools. This innovation agenda will cover everything from curriculum to hiring practices to school facility design. A key element to driving innovation will be how technology and data are used to improve outcomes for students. The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in collaboration with the Office of Innovation at Boston Public Schools wants to change this by creating and implementing an API­ driven system that can safely and securely enable parents / students and / or their delegates to access the SIS data in order to develop student ­data driven edtech systems, apps, etc. that can help inform education policy and planning. We are looking for a summer Google Tech Policy Fellow to join our team to help us understand current student information system capabilities, determine which data is accessible and by whom, and provide technical guidance on how to allow innovators to access the SIS API. The ideal candidate has a strong technical background to design the specifications of the API system architecture and how the API system would operate, but also can clearly articulate to decision makers and a nontechnical audience why this system would drive equitable education policy and innovation.

Center for Data Innovation

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

https://www.datainnovation.org/

The Center for Data Innovation is the leading think tank studying how data-driven innovation can help advance social and economic progress. The Center focuses on issues such as data analytics, open data, and the Internet of Things. The Google Policy Fellow will work closely with the Center’s senior staff to research and draft reports, op-eds, and blogs and help organize events.

Center for Democracy and Technology

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

https://cdt.org/

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is a leading nonprofit public interest organization, working at the cutting edge of digital rights policy. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT engages in a variety of strategies to enhance free expression and privacy, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT works on legislation, participates in agency rule-makings, engages in litigation, and fosters consensus-building among public interest and private sector stakeholders.

CDT’s Fellows have the opportunity to shape key public policy issues at the intersection of civil liberties, security, privacy, and technology, and a typical day may include everything from researching and writing papers or analysis to public speaking opportunities. The role offers autonomy and professional development within a supportive environment, where Fellows will interact on a regular basis with CDT’s experts as well as the companies, public interest groups, government officials, academics, and other stakeholders with whom CDT engages.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Fellowship location: San Francisco, CA

https://www.eff.org/

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit member organization defending human rights in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions individuals privacy, free expression, and assembly through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development throughout the world. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows. EFF uses the unique expertise of leading technologists, activists, and attorneys in our efforts to defend free expression online, fight illegal surveillance, advocate for users and innovators, and support freedom-enhancing technologies. EFF engages in impact litigation and seeking front-line justice to establish rights. EFF creates technology to improve free expression, security, and privacy. In addition, we have forged a vast network of concerned members and partner organizations spanning the globe. EFF advises policy-makers and educates the press and the public through comprehensive analysis, educational guides, activist workshops, and more. EFF empowers hundreds of thousands of individuals through our Action Center and has become a leading voice in online rights debates.

Engine

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

http://engine.is/

Engine promotes entrepreneurship and startup activity through policy analysis, economic research, and advocacy. Working under the guidance of Engine's Executive Director, the Google Policy Fellow will get to weigh in on Engine’s positions on issues important to the tech community. Engine focuses on issues including telecommunications, intellectual property, access to talent, access to capital, and other regulatory issues. The Fellow will have the opportunity to help guide Engine’s advocacy strategy through persuasive writing, research, and legislative outreach.

Future of Music Coalition

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

https://futureofmusic.org/

Future of Music Coalition (FMC) is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit supporting a musical ecosystem where artists flourish and are compensated fairly and transparently for their work. FMC promotes solutions that work for both creator and fan, advancing a policy outlook that is unique within the music sector. Working at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law, FMC builds bridges between communities while eliciting ideas for a music industry that supports artist vocations, furthers creativity and values innovation. The issues around copyright, artist revenue, transparency and data integrity are nuanced and benefit from thorough analysis. FMC does this difficult work foremost for the benefit of music creators and their teams, but also to help decision-makers better understand the impact of policy proposals on the artist community—from how their music reaches audiences to the revenue streams that support their creativity. Our Google Policy Fellows get a front seat to the main event: solving music for the digital age. It’s no small undertaking, and we position our Fellows to develop their own mental model for solving persistent issues in the space and get their best ideas in circulation.

Georgetown Center on Privacy & Technology

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

https://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/centers-institutes/privacy-technology/

The Center on Privacy & Technology is one of the nation’s leading think tanks on privacy and surveillance law and policy. It actively engages policymakers and companies and its work is frequently cited in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and National Public Radio.This year, the Center is focused on: Studying the impact of government surveillance and commercial data practices on vulnerable communities, including racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, LGBT persons, and the poor; Providing intellectual and legal foundations for reforms to our nation’s consumer privacy laws, particularly in new technologies such as biometrics, wearables, and the Internet of Things; and Offering technology-intensive courses, such as a joint privacy practicum with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that prepare our students to be leaders in privacy practice, policymaking and advocacy. Google Policy Fellows will conduct legal and policy research; write white papers and op-eds for popular media; work in coalitions alongside advocates, NGOs, and companies; and brief policymakers, media, and business leaders. Our past year’s Google Policy Fellow authored two op-eds in the Washington Post.

Global Network Initiative

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

https://www.globalnetworkinitiative.org/

The Global Network Initiative is an international multi-stakeholder group of companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), investors, and academics that have created a collaborative approach to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector. The GNI seeks a Google Policy Fellow to conduct factual and policy research on issues related to freedom of expression, privacy, and business and human rights, to draft analysis to be incorporated into policy papers, reports, consultation responses, and other written pieces on business and human rights in the ICT sector, and to support GNI policy and learning efforts. The fellow will work closely with the Executive Director and the Directors of Policy and Communications, respectively, as well as with the GNI’s network of nearly 50 participant organizations. Areas of focus will be determined based upon the Fellow’s background and interests, but could include contributing to research and policy advocacy relating to countering extremism online and its impact on free expression and privacy rights, ICT best practices for responding to cyber violence, or cross-border data flows and mutual legal assistance treaties.

Internet Education Foundation

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

http://www.neted.org/

The Internet Education Foundation (IEF) hosts four major projects under its umbrella: The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, the State of the Net Conference Series, The Congressional App Challenge, and the Internet Law & Policy Foundry. Google Policy fellows are welcome to work within any or all of these dynamic projects. IEF places Google Policy Fellows front and center. Several Google Policy Fellows have moderated Internet policy discussions televised live by C-SPAN during their tenure with us. Or, IEF is open to exploring for future projects and initiatives that fellows bring to the table. In fact, both the Congressional App Challenge and the Internet Law & Policy Foundry were created by Google Policy Fellows at IEF.

Internet Keep Safe Coalition

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

http://ikeepsafe.org/

Since 2005, iKeepSafe’s mission has been to help youth thrive in the digital culture. We are a nonprofit alliance of educators, advocates, policy makers and experts in public health, technology, and law who work to maximize digital opportunities for youth through:

Research – We bring together primary stakeholders to track and research global trends surrounding digital products and their effect on children.

Programs – We develop educational programs and resources that teach youth the skills and competencies to successfully navigate digital life, focusing on the positive potential and power of technology.

Assessments – iKeepSafe Privacy conducts assessments of edtech products to ensure educators have access to products whose policies and practices protect student data privacy and comply to federal and state-specific privacy laws.

The Fellow will work closely with the iKeepSafe team to track policy surrounding student data privacy, support Privacy Assessments, and develop content for educational programs. Fellowship location is flexible, with the option to work in San Jose, CA at headquarters or remotely.

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

http://mercatus.org/

The Mercatus Center is a university-based research center dedicated to bridging the gap between academic research and public policy problems. The Google Policy Fellow will work with scholars in the Technology Policy Program, focusing on research areas such as permissionless innovation, intellectual property, data/privacy/security, telecommunications infrastructure, and emerging technologies. He or she will apply rigorous market-based analysis to novel policy problems in research assistance as well as in original research overseen by a Mercatus scholar.

National Consumers League

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

http://www.nclnet.org/

The National Consumers League is America’s pioneering consumer advocacy organization, representing consumers and workers on marketplace and workplace issues since our founding in 1899. Reporting to the Vice President of Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud, the Google Public Policy Fellow will have the opportunity to engage on some of the most pressing technology issues affecting consumers in the U.S. and abroad through two of NCL's marquee campaigns: Fraud.org and the #DataInsecurity Project. Areas of focus will include data security, data breach notification, comprehensive privacy legislation, cross-device tracking, cybersecurity information-sharing, data roaming and identity theft. The Fellow will provide the Vice President and Executive Director with timely research on data security, privacy and telecom policy issues and track ongoing legislative and regulatory proceedings. The Fellow will also help draft a variety of advocacy materials such as white papers, op/ed's, press releases, letters to the editor, blog postings and consumer guides. The ideal candidate will be an A+ writer and researcher, have a strong base of knowledge about technology policy and bring a passion for public interest advocacy to the position.

National Hispanic Media Coalition

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

http://www.nhmc.org/

The Google Policy Fellow will work closely with NHMC’s policy team to advanceNHMC’s agenda for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications. They will work on complex legal and policy issues, and may be called upon to draft FCC pleadings, internal memoranda, press releases, blog posts, editorials and other documents as needed. They will also build skills while enhancing NHMC’s advocacy before the Federal Communications Commission and other agencies.

Open Technology Institute

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

https://www.newamerica.org/oti/

The Open Technology Institute (OTI) at New America works at the intersection of technology and policy to ensure that every community has equitable access to digital technology and its benefits. We promote universal access to communications technologies that are both open and secure, using a multidisciplinary approach that brings together advocates, researchers, organizers, and innovators.

As an OTI Google Policy Fellow you will have the opportunity to work at the forefront of debates surrounding broadband access and adoption, government surveillance, encryption, broadband mapping, consumer privacy, and more. You will have the chance to make substantive contributions to OTI’s work by conducting policy research and analysis, authoring reports, attending government and public interest meetings, writing for our syndication partners, and more. Fellows may be involved in more than one focus area over the course of the summer, but please let us know if you have a specific interest or related background.

Public Knowledge

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

https://www.publicknowledge.org/

Access to an open Internet is critical to participation in a democratic society. But today, the public faces increasing challenges to fair and open access to the Internet — from corporate consolidation and control of Internet access, to overbroad application of copyright law, and many other threats. The public needs to be represented in Washington, to push better policies in everyone’s interest. That is why Public Knowledge advocates for these issues and puts an emphasis on training public interest advocates for the future.

Public Knowledge interns and fellows are immersed in Internet, communications, and intellectual property policy making. They play a significant role on the issues, participating in meetings on Capitol Hill, agencies, and with other public interest groups and allies, engaging with the public through press and social media, and performing related legal work, culminating in an understanding and facility to advocate for the public interest that will help position them to be leaders in the public interest community in their careers. Interns and fellows are part of a “class,” that is supported through mentoring and development by PK staff at all levels. More information about advocacy training at PK is located here.

R Street

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

http://www.rstreet.org/

The R Street Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization (“think tank”). R Street's mission is to engage in research and educational outreach that promotes market-oriented public policy solutions, as well as limited yet effective government. In addition to our D.C. headquarters, we have offices in five different states, and we work extensively on state, municipal and national policy issues. R Street’s particular focus on Internet law and policy is one of offering research and analysis that shows the advantages of a light-handed approach to innovation, with laws and regulations that protect freedom of expression and privacy in the public and private spheres. Some issues of particular interest to us include government surveillance, cybersecurity, intellectual property, consumer privacy and regulatory approaches to the sharing economy. Where we differ from other groups on the center-right is our ability to bridge a variety of communities. We have strong relationships with both conservative groups and liberal public interest groups, as well as with staff members for representatives and senators in both parties. This makes us uniquely capable of producing research and educational work that advances a pragmatic, free-market, trans partisan, coalition-based approach to crafting effective public policy solutions. R Street’s Google Fellow will have the opportunity to contribute op-eds and blog posts, assist with legal research and writing (under the supervision of general counsel and innovation-policy director Mike Godwin), work on coalition efforts and produce substantive research projects in his or her field of interest.

Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic

Fellowship location: Ottawa, Canada

https://cippic.ca/

CIPPIC is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Google Policy Fellow this summer. The Google Policy Fellow will join our Summer Internship Program and work closely with CIPPIC staff on a range of dynamic, cutting edge law & technology issues as we seek to further our mandate. This mandate regularly takes us before various policy- and law-making forums, including parliamentary committees, regulatory bodies, all levels of court and various international fora as we seek to advocate in the public interest on issues arising at the intersection of law and technology. It additionally includes a public education and engagement component, as we seek to ensure the public is aware of issues that may affect their daily digital lives. Substantively, CIPPIC advocacy covers a diverse range of digital rights/policy issues, including copyright, privacy/electronic surveillance, telecommunications regulation/net neutrality, online consumer protection, online speech, access to knowledge and more general Internet governance concerns.

We involve our interns and Policy Fellows in all elements of our work. In addition, the Google Policy Fellow will enjoy our Summer Speaker Series, which brings leading experts in Canadian law & technology fields in to discuss various pressing issues with our students in a closed environment.

Tech Freedom

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

http://techfreedom.org/

Technology Policy Institute

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

http://www.techpolicyinstitute.org/

The Technology Policy Institute is seeking a summer fellow to help analyze the economics and regulation of the information and communications technology sectors. The ideal applicant should have expertise in applied microeconomics, statistics, econometrics, and policy analysis and have excellent writing and communications skills. A demonstrated interest and undergraduate or graduate training in economics is preferred. This position is ideal for candidates seeking an opportunity to learn how economic tools are applied to public policy.

The Citizen Lab

Fellowship location: Toronto, Canada

https://citizenlab.org/

The Citizen Lab is a research laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Our research focuses on the intersection of information communications technologies, global security, and human rights.

At the Citizen Lab we believe that impartial, evidence-based, peer-reviewed research on information controls will help advocacy and policy engagement on an open and secure Internet. We conduct our research through a mixed methods approach that combines technical techniques from information security and network measurement with policy and legal analyses and field research.

Fellowship focus areas

Each year we tailor the Google Policy Fellowship to the individual fellow to match his/her interests and strengths with current projects at the Citizen Lab. In general, we are open to students from a range of backgrounds including law, policy, social sciences (e.g, political science, sociology, international relations, area studies etc), and computer science. Above all we seek team players who are dedicated, diligent, open minded to new perspectives, and eager and willing to learn.

Projects areas in our 2016 portfolio include:

This fellowship is not supervised by an attorney

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

http://ushcc.com/

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation's entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $661 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 250 major corporations.

Fellowship Focus Areas

The Google Policy Fellow will work under the Director, External Affairs and Policy on a wide range of telecommunications, technology, and science related policy issues. All members of the External Affairs & Policy Department must develop policy position papers, write policy related communications, and engage in Congressional and Administration outreach to policy makers.

Asian Trade Centre

Fellowship location: Singapore

http://asiantradecentre.org

The Asian Trade Centre serves as the resource for trade-related activities in Asia. This includes increasing capacities and knowledge of government and business leaders through training, workshops and seminars, building bridges between government and business to foster the growth of trade in the region, leading world-class research projects, and conducting outreach to the media, business, NGOs and the interested public on trade issues.

The Centre pulls together the best possible team of experts from around the world on any given project to deliver the highest quality product to our partners and stakeholders. The Asian Trade Centre is the premier independent advocate for growing trade in the Asia Pacific region

Fellowship focus areas

Collaborate with Executive Director and Deputy Director in trade activities related to e-commerce, digital and IP. This includes, but is not limited to:

Focus areas of fellowship Digital Trade, E-commerce, Intellectual Property

Please send resume and cover letter to caroline@asiantradecentre.org

LIRNEasia

Fellowship location: Colombo (Sri Lanka) or London/South East of England (UK) or Myanmar

http://www.lirneasia.net

Catalyzing policy change through research to improve people's lives in the emerging Asia Pacific by facilitating their use of hard and soft infrastructures though the use of knowledge, information and technology

Fellowship focus areas

Impact of Zero Rated walled gardens on user behaviour, on connectivity, on competition and on Net Neutrality in the context of emerging South Asian/South East Asian economies.

The Fellow will design and carry a out qualitative studies (focused on a group of users who are using Zero Rated content and possibly a control group), and carry out additional expert/industry interviews. He/she will then synthesize results and to write a comprehensive report. He/she will possibly produce other policy-oriented out put (e.g. policy briefs/videos etc) to help LIRNEasia communicate to key audiences.

Depending on the results, an academic quality paper (for a targeted publication) is a long term possibility, if the Fellow is willing to write after the Fellowship term ends (unlikely to have time to do academic writing in the term of the Fellowship).

Application

To be eligible, applicants must be a Masters or PhD student as at 1 January 2016, and be 18 years or older on the same date. Application deadline is 30 January 2016. Specific dates of the fellowship will be between July - August 2016, though flexibility is possible for exceptional candidates. The fellowship period must conclude by the 30th of December 2016 under all circumstances.

A statement of purpose explaining your interest and previous experience in the listed topics, and a full CV demonstrating research and writing capabilities and listing at least 2 referees we can contact should be sent directly to LIRNEasia at hr@lirneasia.net with the header "Google Fellowship (FirstName LastName)". In addition, the information below should also be sent, preferably as the last section/page of the CV itself:

APEC secretariat

The Innovation Partnership

http://www.innovationpartnership.co.nz

The Innovation Partnership is a group of New Zealand public and private sector organisations that promote and support digital innovation, across education, business and government. The Partnership conducts research into issues and opportunities in digital innovation, supports initiatives that show the potential for New Zealand of being more digitally innovative, and brings together the key players to create networks, synergies, and efficiency of effort.

A Fellow working with the Partnership will conduct research into the New Zealand Government’s Digital Economy Strategy, including a review of other Governments’ initiatives to accelerate business adoption of digital technologies. Their findings will provide an external point-of-view to feed into the Government's strategy development process for supporting the development of digital businesses, and businesses supported by digital technology.

If you would like to apply for the Policy Fellowship at the Innovation Partnership, please submit your application to info@innovationpartnership.co.nz