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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 2015 and Summer 2015 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 is currently accepting applications for three staff positions: EPIC Development Assistant, EPIC Digital Activist, and EPIC Staff Technologist as well as new fellowships: EPIC International Privacy fellowship and the EPIC Law Fellow.

EPIC Development Assistant

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is seeking a talented and enthusiastic individual to assist with outreach to the foundations and donors who support the organization’s important privacy and civil liberties mission. The Development Assistant will help develop and coordinate fundraising campaigns, draft grant proposals, and provide strategic direction to expand, diversify, and grow EPIC’s programming. The Development Assistant will work with EPIC’s Executive Director and staff members in Washington, DC to implement fundraising strategies and maximize EPIC’s impact worldwide.

About EPIC

EPIC is an independent non-profit research center in Washington, DC. EPIC works to protect privacy, freedom of expression, democratic values, and to promote the public voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet. EPIC pursues a wide range of program activities including public education, litigation, and advocacy. EPIC routinely files amicus briefs in federal courts, pursues open government cases, defends consumer privacy, organizes conferences for NGOs, and speaks before Congress and judicial organizations about emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. EPIC works closely with a distinguished advisory board, whose members are experts in the fields of law, technology and public policy. EPIC maintains two of the most popular privacy websites in the world - epic.org and privacy.org.

Responsibilities
  • Primary responsibility will be to coordinate fundraising activities including drafting grant proposals, donor campaigns, and events.
  • Develop new strategies to expand online contributions and to engage with foundations and donors who support EPIC’s mission.
  • Contribute to fundraising reports and strategic planning sessions.
  • Coordinate outreach to existing donors in order to promote continuing financial support for EPIC.
Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with 2-5 years of experience in non-profit development.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success supporting fundraising activities for a non-profit organization and communicating effectively with donors and foundations.

The ideal candidate will also be committed to EPIC’s mission, be passionate about digital privacy and consumer protection issues, and have the following characteristics:

  • Degree in communications and/or equivalent work experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Self-motivation and strong organizational skills;
  • Dedication to promoting privacy and civil liberties.
Compensation

EPIC will offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. EPIC also offers excellent benefits, including health care, transportation, and generous vacation.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, along with a resume and short writing sample, to jobs@epic.org. Deadline: April 30, 2015.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability.

EPIC Digital Activist

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is seeking a skilled, creative, and enthusiastic individual to promote EPIC’s important privacy and civil liberties work. The Digital Activist will manage EPIC’s social media presence and coordinate the production and publication of new content to promote the public understanding of emerging privacy issues. The Digital Activist will work closely with other staff members in Washington, DC to communicate effectively with media and readers.

About EPIC

EPIC is an independent non-profit research center in Washington, DC. EPIC works to protect privacy, freedom of expression, democratic values, and to promote the public voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet. EPIC pursues a wide range of program activities including public education, litigation, and advocacy. EPIC routinely files amicus briefs in federal courts, pursues open government cases, defends consumer privacy, organizes conferences for NGOs, and speaks before Congress and judicial organizations about emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. EPIC works closely with a distinguished advisory board, whose members are experts in the fields of law, technology and public policy. EPIC maintains two of the most popular privacy websites in the world - epic.org and privacy.org.

Responsibilities
  • Primary responsibility will be to manage EPIC’s online presence, including social media, and to communicate effectively about EPIC’s policy issues;
  • Increase online readership, donations, and other metrics.
  • Develop and execute digital communications strategies for EPIC’s campaigns;
  • Work with staff members to produce and publish messages and visuals across digital platforms; and
  • Participate in debates, panel discussions, interviews, and other presentations.
Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience and a background in online communications, web development, and graphic design.

The ideal candidate will be familiar with current media platforms and be able to communicate effectively and increase readership and visibility.

The ideal candidate will also be committed to EPIC’s mission, be passionate about digital privacy and consumer protection issues, and have the following characteristics:

  • Degree in communications and/or equivalent work experience.
  • Excellent web design skills (HTML/CSS/PHP);
  • Graphic design skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Self-motivation and strong organizational skills; and
  • Dedication to promoting privacy and civil liberties.
Compensation

EPIC will offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. EPIC also offers excellent benefits, including health care, transportation, and generous vacation.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, along with a resume and short writing sample, to jobs@epic.org. Deadline: May 30, 2015.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability.

EPIC Staff Technologist

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is seeking a Staff Technologist to contribute to important work on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. The Staff Technologist will track emerging technologies and Internet services in order to identify and analyze the privacy impact of new business practices and government programs on individuals. The Staff Technologist will work collaboratively with other staff members in EPIC’s Washington, DC office and seek to promote EPIC’s mission to inform the public about emerging privacy and civil liberties issues.

About EPIC

EPIC is an independent non-profit research center in Washington, DC. EPIC works to protect privacy, freedom of expression, democratic values, and to promote the public voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet. EPIC pursues a wide range of program activities including public education, litigation, and advocacy. EPIC routinely files amicus briefs in federal courts, pursues open government cases, defends consumer privacy, organizes conferences for NGOs, and speaks before Congress and judicial organizations about emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. EPIC works closely with a distinguished advisory board, whose members are experts in the fields of law, technology and public policy. EPIC maintains two of the most popular privacy websites in the world - epic.org and privacy.org.

Responsibilities
  • Primary responsibility will be to provide technical research and analysis to support EPIC’s consumer privacy and national security projects.
  • Conduct original research into new technologies and services in order to identify emerging privacy issues.
  • Write policy papers, blog posts, reports, and other articles about digital privacy issues.
  • Support EPIC staff in reviewing government programs, and formulating and articulating legal and policy positions.
  • Participate in conferences, interviews, and other media appearances on behalf of EPIC.
Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D in Computer Science and 2-5 years of work experience.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about digital privacy and consumer protection issues, and will have expertise in relevant technical fields such as telecommunications, cryptography, software design, and data analysis.

The ideal candidate will also be able to work collaboratively in a fast-paced policy environment, and will have the following characteristics:

  • Ph.D in computer science and 2-5 years experience;
  • Technical understanding of Internet services, consumer electronic products, and data security standards.
  • Ability to explain complex technical concepts in understandable terms;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Self-motivation;
  • Dedication to promoting privacy and civil liberties.
Compensation

EPIC will offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. EPIC also offers excellent benefits, including health care, transportation, and generous vacation.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, along with a resume and short writing sample, to jobs@epic.org. Deadline: March 31, 2015.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability.

Fellowships

EPIC International Privacy Fellow

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is seeking a talented attorney with a strong background in human rights and international law to contribute to EPIC’s policy work on privacy and data protection issues. The International Privacy Fellow will report on EU-US data protection issues and develop policy recommendations in collaboration with other civil society organizations. The International Privacy Fellow will collaborate with EPIC staff members to develop policy positions and promote public understanding of international privacy issues. This position is also open to candidates who would work remotely.

About EPIC

EPIC is an independent non-profit research center in Washington, DC. EPIC works to protect privacy, freedom of expression, democratic values, and to promote the public voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet. EPIC pursues a wide range of program activities including public education, litigation, and advocacy. EPIC routinely files amicus briefs in federal courts, pursues open government cases, defends consumer privacy, organizes conferences for NGOs, and speaks before Congress and judicial organizations about emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. EPIC works closely with a distinguished advisory board, whose members are experts in the fields of law, technology and public policy. EPIC maintains two of the most popular privacy websites in the world - epic.org and privacy.org.

Responsibilities
  • Primary responsibility will be to draft blog posts and policy reports on emerging international privacy issues;
  • Contribute legal analysis and research to EPIC’s international privacy projects;
  • Participate in debates, panel discussions, interviews, and other presentations;
  • Maintain and update EPIC’s international privacy resources.
  • Contribute to EPIC’s international privacy and open government projects.
Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who are attorneys with 3-5 years of work experience relevant to international privacy and human rights law.

The ideal candidate will be familiar with international privacy and human rights law.

The ideal candidate will also be committed to EPIC’s mission, be passionate about digital privacy and consumer protection issues, and have the following characteristics:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Ability to engage in policy debates with stakeholders from industry, government, and other organizations; and
  • Dedication to promoting privacy and civil liberties.
Compensation

EPIC will offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. EPIC also offers excellent benefits, including health care, transportation, and generous vacation.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, along with a resume and short writing sample, to jobs@epic.org. Deadline: May 30, 2015.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability.

2015 EPIC Law Fellowship

EPIC is currently accepting applications for the 2015 EPIC Fellowship. The one-year fellowship is designed for a highly-qualified law graduate specializing in privacy law. The Fellowship will begin in September 2015. 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"

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