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American Association of People with Disabilities

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is pleased to be hosting a Google Policy Fellow for the summer of 2019. The Fellow will work closely on AAPD’s REV UP Campaign, a nonpartisan initiative that coordinates with national, state, and local disability organizations to increase political participation of the disability community while engaging candidates and the media on disability rights issues. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!

We are excited for the Fellow to be part of an ongoing conversation around the accessibility of elections and the democratic process. The Fellow will play an important role in researching and analyzing the interplay between accessibility and election security, which will only become more consequential in future election cycles. Our Fellow will have the opportunity to present potential solutions for navigating this critical but little-discussed political intersection.

The American Association of People with Disabilities is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the over 56 million Americans with disabilities by promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation.

American Library Association

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

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 & cybersecurity, intellectual freedom, telecommunications, and funding; and domain-specific services that libraries provide or enable such as employment, entrepreneurship, health services, STEM learning, research, and many others. The Fellow would reside in ALA’s Office in Washington, D.C. The Fellow would undertake a major project that is related to the Fellow’s interests and also advances a current priority of the Office. This project may focus on a substantive policy area or the process of grassroots or grasstops advocacy. 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.

Cato Institute

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The Cato Institute is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Google Policy Fellow for the summer of 2018. The Google Policy fellow will work closely with a Cato scholar in one or more of the following broad issue areas based on the candidate’s background, interests, and skill set: intellectual property, government surveillance, data security, privacy, regulation, and civil liberties. In addition, the Google Policy Fellow will participate in the Cato Institute’s Internship Program which focuses on delivering a rich education in contemporary policy issues—and the philosophical, historic, and economic underpinnings of those issues. The program includes an intensive seminar series featuring Cato scholars, guest speakers, staff, networking, and professional development opportunities

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues. Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th-century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution—individual liberty, limited government, and free markets—turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future.

Center for Data Innovation

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

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

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.

Center for Growth and Opportunity

Fellowship location: Logan, UT

The Center for Growth and Opportunity (CGO) at Utah State University is a university-based research center dedicated to exploring the interactions between key institutions — business, government, and civil society — to improve opportunity, broad-based economic growth, and individual well-being. The Google Policy Fellow will have the opportunity to work with the CGO’s research team on topics such as data privacy, artificial intelligence, emerging technologies, the future of work, competition policy, regulation, and others. The Fellow will help shape the CGO’s research by assisting with ongoing projects as well as contributing their own original research and writing.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Fellowship location: San Francisco, CA

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.


Fellowship location: Washington, DC

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.

Freedom House

Fellowship location: New York, NY

Freedom House (FH) promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. With field offices around the world and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.

FH is excited to host a Google Policy Fellow for the summer of 2019. The Fellow will be based in FH’s Research and Analysis department located in New York City and will work closely with both the “Freedom on the Net” team and Director of Internet Freedom on special projects related to the intersection of democracy and technology and the emerging threats to internet freedom around the world.

For the “Freedom on the Net” project, the Fellow will participate in the annual publication’s global analysis of key trends for the 2019 edition of the report, to be published in the fall of 2019. Depending on the Fellow’s established area(s) of interest and expertise and FH’s priorities, the Fellow will conduct research and analysis on at least one topic to be included in the 2019 findings. Examples of topics include: the prevalence, evolution, and impact of online disinformation around the world; China’s growing influence on global internet governance; the proliferation of new surveillance technologies, such as facial recognition and “smart cities”; online censorship trends and developments; and content moderation challenges and frameworks. In addition, the fellow will work with the Director of Internet Freedom on special initiatives that might include research on human rights and artificial intelligence, 5G connectivity, and/or the internet of things.

Future of Privacy Forum

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

Future of Privacy Forum is a nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF brings together industry, academics, consumer advocates, and other thought leaders to explore the challenges posed by technological innovation and develop privacy protections, ethical norms, and workable business practices. FPF helps fill the void in the “space not occupied by law” which exists due to the speed of technology development. As “data optimists,” we believe that the power of data for good is a net benefit to society, and that it can be well-managed to control risks and offer the best protections and empowerment to consumers and individuals.

We work on technology portfolios on connected cars, smart cities, location and on-line tracking, health data, education and student privacy issues, biometrics, particularly facial recognition, and the ethics and privacy issues associated with algorithms and artificial intelligence. We seek to facilitate the pursuit of industry standards and collaboration on privacy concerns, by partnering with stakeholders and advocates to reach practical solutions to the privacy challenges for consumer and commercial data uses.

Global Network Initiative

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

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 Directors of Policy and Learning & Development, respectively, as well as with other GNI staff and the GNI’s network of over 60 participant organizations. Areas of focus will be determined based on the Fellow’s background and interests but could include contributing to research and policy advocacy related to disinformation, intermediary liability, surveillance, cross-border data flows, network disruptions, and more. Regional expertise on these or similar issues is welcome but not required.

Internet Education Foundation

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

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.

National Consumers League

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

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: 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

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization 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. Working closely with NHMC's policy staff, the Google Policy Fellow will work to fight for a better media representation for Latinos. Fellows are guided through legal and policy research, analysis, writing and public speaking. They build skills while enhancing NHMC’s advocacy with members of Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and other agencies. Students will be exposed to cutting edge issues at the intersection of civil rights and technology. NHMC staff is dedicated to teaching students the skills they need to be successful communicators through legal writing and outreach to policy influencers. After the fellowship, the organization connects graduates with future employers and former fellows have gone on to judicial clerkships, the FCC, non-profit organizations, and law firms large and small.

Niskanen Center

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The Niskanen Center is a 501(c)3 issue advocacy organization that works to change public policy through direct engagement in the policymaking process. At the Niskanen Center, we believe innovation and technological progress are driving forces for economic growth, individual empowerment, and the betterment of humankind. To that end, we promote policies that advance those goals.

The technology and civil liberties department focuses on a wide range of issues, from commercial space and autonomous vehicles to artificial intelligence and copyright reform. We seek a fellow with an interest in these and other cutting-edge, emerging technology issues and a willingness to engage with legislators and regulators. Duties would include research, writing, and publishing on these issues, while also engaging more directly with staffers, legislators, regulators, and coalition members.

Open Technology Institute

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

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.

Progressive Policy Institute

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit. center left think tank and a catalyst for policy innovation and political reform based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to create radically pragmatic ideas for moving America beyond ideological and partisan deadlock. Founded in 1989, PPI started as the intellectual home of the New Democrats and earned a reputation as President Bill Clinton’s “idea mill.” Many of its mold-breaking ideas have been translated into public policy and law and have influenced international efforts to modernize progressive politics. Today, PPI is developing fresh proposals for stimulating U.S. economic innovation and growth; equipping all Americans with the skills and assets that social mobility in the knowledge economy requires; modernizing an overly bureaucratic and centralized public sector; and, defending liberal democracy in a dangerous world. A Google Fellow at PPI can expect to contribute to research into the contributions of digital innovation to domestic and international markets, as well as assist with in-depth analysis of the regulatory effects on innovation. In addition to research fellow can expect to gain an understanding of how academics shape public policy and the dialogue around it. Fellows should be equally interested in technology, it's economic impacts, and the effects public policy has on its development.

Public Knowledge

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

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.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) is a nonprofit dedicated to safeguarding the First Amendment right to a free and unfettered press and vindicating the public's right to know. Since 1970, RCFP has participated as amicus curiae and as a plaintiff in legal matters affecting the freedom of information and First Amendment rights of the news media and the public. RCFP attorneys provide legal resources and representation to journalists, free of charge, and RCFP engages in research and policy work in furtherance of its mission to support press freedom and government transparency. A Google Policy Fellow placed with RCFP would work on research and policy matters at the intersection of First Amendment or freedom of information rights and technology such as, for example, the effect of "Right to be Forgotten" laws on access to information, the impact of government surveillance of electronic communications on newsgathering, encryption, intermediary liability, and the exercise of free speech rights on social media platforms.


Fellowship location: Washington, DC

TechFreedom is a non-partisan tech policy think tank based on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Our mission is to educate the public, policymakers and thought leaders about public policies approaches that enable technology to flourish and improve the human condition. We’re working to advance public policies that advance and reward experimentation, entrepreneurship, and investment. We seek legal fellows to assist our work in tech and telecom law and policy, especially those issues before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Fellows will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of technology-related policy issues, such as privacy, data security, net neutrality, FTC reform, Internet regulation, and free speech. Our fellows will be encouraged to be creative in their thinking and writing, and work on both legal work and policy outreach.

Technology Policy Institute

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

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.

Third Way

Fellowship location: Washington, DC

Third Way is a center-left think tank that believes in pragmatic solutions and principled compromise. We have a long and successful track-record of taking complex issues and breaking them down for bipartisan audiences. Our trusted name is relied upon by Members of Congress, senior Hill staff, and thought leaders around DC to delineate the most pressing public policy debates in a digestible way.

Unlike traditional think tanks, we do not house scholars who work in silos on academic research. Instead, we are built around policy teams that create high-impact written products and innovative trainings that are designed to influence today’s debates. The customers for our products and events are the legislators, staff members, government officials, media leaders, academics, and NGOs who shape and determine the outcome of federal policy.

The National Security Program focuses on the role of the legislative branch in national security, across a wide range of issues. The program provides succinct, impact-driven recommendations to Congress on complex and politically-sensitive national security issues. One of the areas of particular depth for the program are the laws and policies at the intersection of privacy, technology, and security. Over the next year, we expect the program to be deeply involved in the debate about electronic surveillance reform and the proper balance between government interest in securing the nation, individual privacy, and commercial innovation and competitiveness.

Third Way is looking for individuals interested in public policy, and balancing the complex interplay of conflicting priorities. We are looking for creative problem solvers, who understand technology, are deep believers in democracy and have a strong grounding in the law. We’ll put these skills to work helping Congressional policymakers understand technology issues that balance government influence on technology with individual privacy and innovation. Sense of humor necessary.


Fellowship location: Washington, DC

The Google Policy Fellow at Upturn will join a small and dynamic team of computer scientists, lawyers, and policy experts, and will work closely with the team on timely, interdisciplinary research on a range of topics related to technology, policy, and equity. Depending on the Fellow’s background and interests, they will have the opportunity to research and write about topics such as police technologies, algorithmic risk assessment in the criminal justice system, predictive hiring technologies, discrimination on digital platforms, and the social impact of autonomous vehicles. The Fellow will help prepare policy memos, public reports, op-eds, technical research, and advocacy materials, and will have the opportunity to participate in external meetings and workshops with some of the nation’s leading civil rights and public interest organizations. We welcome applicants with technical, policy, legal, or other backgrounds who are committed to advancing racial and economic justice and skilled at explaining the nuts and bolts of new technology.

Upturn promotes equity and justice in the design, governance, and use of digital technology. Our research and advocacy combines technical fluency and creative policy thinking to confront patterns of inequity, especially those rooted in race and poverty.

Centro de Tecnología y Sociedad - CETyS

Fellowship location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Center for Studies in Technology and Society (CETyS) is a leading research institution based at Universidad de San Andrés, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The mission of CETyS is to establish an interdisciplinary space of excellence in research, education and dissemination activities on Internet policies and the development of digital processes in the public sphere and the Internet ecosystem. CETYS works on scholarly and applied research and develops capacity building through training programs since 2006.

Fellowship focus areas

The Google Policy Fellow will join a research project centered on the barriers to innovation in the digital ecosystem, mainly centered around regulatory and public policy challenges (in Argentina and the region). The Fellow will have to present the findings of the research in a workshop and prepare a white paper for the dissemination of the results of the research.

The fellow will also become involved in the organization of seminars and periodic meetings organized by the center, such as at the IA Lab. The fellow needs to be a fluent Spanish speaker and needs to be able to write proficiently in this language. The deliverables of the fellowship are expected no later than November 2019.

Institute for Technology & Society of Rio - ITS Rio

Fellowship location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The mission of the ITS Rio is to ensure that Brazil responds creatively and appropriately to the opportunities provided by technology in the digital age, and that the potential benefits are broadly shared across society. Through its own research and in partnership with other institutions, ITS analyzes the legal, social, economic and cultural dimensions of technology and advocates for public policies and private practices which protect privacy, freedom of expression and access to knowledge. The Institute also offers innovative education, training and capacity development to individuals and institutions to enable them to understand the promises and challenges of new technology. Last, but not least, ITS aims to strengthen the voice of Brazil, Latin America and the Global South in international debates on technology and its regulation.

Fellowship focus areas

As a policy fellow, the researcher will have the unique opportunity to work with the team who conceived and developed Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights (Marco Civil da Internet), a bill that guarantees and promotes the protection of fundamental rights, such as privacy, network neutrality and freedom of expression, which was approved as law in Brazil in April 2014. The program offers the opportunity to deepen knowledge on Brazil’s and Global South’s technological contexts. The selected candidate will receive an intensive agenda of meetings with ITS Rio partners in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Brasília in order to have the opportunity to visit some of the largest national and international technology companies operating in Brazil, as well as governmental entities.

Derechos Digitales

Fellowship location: Santiago, Chile

Derechos Digitales is an independent, non-governmental organisation headquartered in Santiago de Chile, whose mission is to defend and promote human rights in the digital environment for all users in Latin America. Its main working areas include Freedom of Expression, Access to Knowledge and Culture, Digital Security, and Information Privacy.

Fellowship focus areas

Derechos Digitales expects to enroll fellows who are enlisted ideally in graduate or undergraduate studies in the fields of public policy, law, international relations, or social sciences, with a keen intellect and enthusiasm for policy analysis in different areas concerning technology. Fluency in English and an interest in human rights issues are a plus.

The fellow will carry out research, policy analysis, and support tasks, choosing one of Derechos Digitales' current areas of interest, which include:

Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa – FLIP

Fellowship location: Bogota, Colombia

Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa – FLIP (Foundation for Press Freedom) is a Colombian NGO that follows the violations to freedom of the press in the country and that defends and promotes freedom of expression and the right to access public information. FLIP has been working towards freedom of the press in Colombia for over 20 years and has a network of over 30 correspondents around the country that report on freedom of expression violations, including the violation to freedom of expression online.

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Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales - R3D

Fellowship location: Mexico City, Mexico

R3D is a non-profit digital rights organization in Mexico using research, communication, advocacy and litigation tools to defend and promote human rights in the digital environment.

Fellowship focus areas

The Google Policy Fellow will work closely with R3D legal, advocacy and policy research staff on one or more issues related to human rights and the digital environment, according to the Fellow’s interest and experience. We seek for a fellow that has strong research skills.

Asociación Panameña de Derecho y Nuevas Tecnologías - APANDETEC

Fellowship location: Panama City, Panama

APANDETEC is a non-profit association, with local and international projection, and with a trajectory of more than 15 years in Panama; created for the Creation of collaboration, exchange and contribution on issues related to Computer Law and New Technologies, to promote research, study and legislation on these matters.

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Fellowship location: Lima, Peru

Hiperderecho is a nonprofit organization devoted to the promotion and defense of fundamental human rights in the digital space in Perú so that citizens are enabled, and empowered, to take full-advantage of technology’s individual and collective potential for change and social development.

Fellowship focus areas

The fellow will conduct legal and policy research to further public understanding and provide inputs to our advocacy and communications efforts around one of the following areas, according to the fellow’s interest. This research could materialize in blog posts, videos, policy papers or workshops in collaboration with Hiperderecho’s staff. Participants are encouraged to express their particular issue of interest from the list below and how they relate to their field of study or experience.