Job Title: Google Policy Fellowship
Location: Washington, DC
Dates: Fellowship runs for 10 weeks during the summer of 2014 (June - August) with exact dates to be determined by fellow and host organization
Deadline to apply for Summer 2014: Application must be submitted via Google Fellowship site by March 15, 2014
The Google Policy Fellowship program was inspired by Google’s Summer of Code with a public policy twist. The Google Policy Fellowship program offers 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.
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. 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.
A full FAQ about the program with complete application timeline is available here.
Who Should Apply
We’re looking for students who are passionate about technology, and want to spend the summer diving headfirst into Internet policy. Students from all majors and degree programs who possess the following qualities are encouraged to apply:
- 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
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment
Future of Music Coalition is a not-for-profit collaboration between members of the music, technology, public policy and intellectual property law communities. FMC seeks to educate the media, policymakers, and the public about music and technology issues, while also bringing together diverse voices in an effort to come up with creative solutions to some of the challenges in this space. FMC also aims to identify and promote innovative business models that will help musicians and citizens to benefit from new technologies.
- Researching the issue, with a particular focus on the impact of specific policy decisions on the music community
- Educating the community about this issue through blog posts, fact sheets and coalition briefings
- Advocacy around the issue, especially if policy choices have a clear cut impact on the music community.
A fellow at FMC will have access to the General Counsel and many attorneys in the field who work with the FMC, but s/he will be supervised by FMC staff, who are not attorneys.
Please note: all applications must be submitted through the Google Policy Fellowship website. No applications submitted direct to FMC will be considered for this fellowship.
Job Title: Communications, Policy or Events Intern
Location: Washington, DC
Dates: Now accepting applications for the summer semester; exact dates are flexible but we prefer May - August
Deadline to apply for Summer 2014: April 1, 2014. Applicants can expect a response from FMC within 30 days of submission.
What is the Future of Music Coalition?
Future of Music Coalition is a national non-profit education, research and advocacy organization that identifies, examines, interprets and translates the challenging issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy. FMC achieves this through continuous interaction with its primary constituency - musicians - and in collaboration with other creator/citizen groups.
FMC works toward its mission through three program areas: Research, Education and Policy. We organize public discussion of issues that impact musicians and the public at large, making sure to include a variety of voices in the conversation. We submit testimony, publish articles and speak on panels to make sure the creators’ experience is heard. We generate original research to more completely illuminate the mechanics of the music industry.
The best way to learn about FMC is to explore our website.
What kind of internships does FMC offer?
We typically have three internship positions per semester depending on the candidates’ skills and our current needs:
Communications Intern works closely with FMC Communications team (including Kevin Erickson and Casey Rae) to assist in the marketing, promotion and logistics of FMC’s campaigns and events; which often includes copyediting, assisting with the maintenance of social media, light html coding, researching new press avenues and drafting blog posts. Strong writing skills a must. Graphic design and/or video and audio experience is a plus. A background or interest in policy or law, particularly as relates to the creative sector, is preferred.
Events Intern works closely with FMC Events team assisting with the logistics of FMC’s campaigns and events; which often includes editing video and audio for archives/YouTube/special projects, marketing and promotion, assisting with event-related logistics and data management, and researching panelists/sponsors/services.
Policy Intern works closely with FMC Policy shop (including Casey Rae and Michael Bracy) to assist in the open source and legal research involved in thoroughly understanding all sides of current policy issues. The Policy Intern often has the opportunity to discuss these issues in depth with the Policy shop while creating briefs, attending hearings and drafting the occasional blog post.
Everyone is expected to participate with the basic work that keeps our office going like filing, copying, and data processing, as needed in addition to his or her specific focus.
FMC is a fast-paced but friendly work environment. Since some of our employees work from different cities, we rely heavily on email, conference calls and meetings to get our work done. Answering your email promptly, following through on assigned tasks to completion and sticking to deadlines will be essential.
What are the specifics?
These positions will work with a member of FMC’s core staff in the FMC headquarters in downtown Washington, DC (near the Farragut North/Farragut West Metro stations).
The hours are flexible, but we would like you to be in the office at least 15-20 hours per week sometime during 10 am - 6 pm on weekdays.
What are you looking for in an intern?
From policy or music industry majors to working musicians - our most successful interns are outgoing, vibrant and confident people with some relationship to, and passion for, the music industry. In addition, we look for the usual stuff: excellent writing skills, good email communication skills, attention to detail and working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Internet skills are required. Knowledge of current events and policy issues that relate to the music industry are helpful, as is any other experience working in a not-for-profit office environment.
Is there any compensation?
All internships at FMC are unpaid, but opportunities to attend occasional concerts, mixers, meetings and hearings can occur. College credit is optional and encouraged.
How do I apply?
Please send the following to internships [at] futureofmusic [dot] org
- cover letter
- list of software proficiencies
- writing sample (see below for more details on the style of your writing sample)
Please make a note of which internship(s) and for what semester you are applying for in your cover letter. Writing samples should be similar to the type of writing found on our website such as the FutureBlog posts or the research papers we have published, and not longer than three pages. For policy intern candidates, if you submit a brief as a writing sample, please be sure to also submit a second writing sample in the more informal style of our blog. Due to the volume of applicants, incomplete applications will not be considered.
We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Internships are staffed a semester at a time. Please make a note of your availability in your cover letter. Also, note that for summer/fall internships, preference will be given to those candidates that may be able to extend their internship through our annual Future of Music Summit (in October 2014). You may apply for more than one semester if you are seeking a long term internship.