Jobs/Fellowships/IPIOP Clerkships

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 for jobs, fellowships, and clerkships. Please see the listings below for current openings and application deadlines.

EPIC is an equal opportunity employer. EPIC strongly encourages women, people of color, and underrepresented populations to apply for positions at EPIC.

Jobs

Executive Assistant

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is looking for a skilled Executive Assistant with a passion for privacy and civil liberties to support the President and serve as a liaison to the Board of Directors and to EPIC’s Members and supporters.

The Executive Assistant will manage the office of the President and provide administrative support to coordinate internal and external meetings and events, guide follow-up correspondence and task execution, and manage the President’s calendar. The Executive Assistant will also manage intake, tracking, and correspondence related to donations, grants, and other fundraising activity. The Executive Assistant may also be called upon to lead special projects, material creation, and other duties depending on skills and interest.

The Executive Assistant will also manage correspondence with the Board of Directors, Members of EPIC’s Advisory Board, and EPIC’s supporters. The Executive Assistant will be the primary point-of-contact for EPIC’s leadership team and will communicate organizational updates and facilitate input from the Board on a regular and as-needed basis. The individual will act as primary staff support for Board of Directors and Committee meetings and will be responsible for compiling reports, preparing agendas, planning logistics, distributing materials, meals and other necessary support for these meetings.

This position requires close attention to detail and excellent communication skills.

Roles and responsibilities:

President Support

  • Coordinate internal and external meetings for the President, including scheduling, logistics, and note-taking.
  • Assist with management and organization of files and workflows within the President’s office.
  • Contributing to event planning, coordination, and execution.
  • Support staff and management team with the use of platforms and tools, including Asana, Microsoft365, Zoom, and calendars.
  • Scheduling and management of items on the President’s calendar and tasks through Asana.
  • Assist with intake, tracking, and drafting responses and outreach for donor and foundation contacts. This includes management of our donor database.
  • Other ongoing duties, as assigned.

Board of Directors and Member Liaison

  • Build out and facilitate the Board engagement program in coordination with the senior leadership team. This includes setting the biannual Board meeting schedules, facilitating regular Board member outreach, assessing the need for any technology or services for the Board and onboarding / offboarding Board members.
  • Plan and execute Board meeting and events logistics (e.g. developing meeting agendas, directing logistics and travel, booking venues, etc.)
  • Prepare and distribute materials for Board and Committee meetings (e.g. strategic plans, financial reports, program processes) and manage related files.
  • Track and resolve action items and follow-ups resulting from Board meetings and decisions.
  • Plan and execute annual Member meeting and events logistics in coordination with the senior leadership team.
  • Prepare and distribute materials for annual Member meeting and facilitate follow-ups and other post-meeting project planning.
  • Other ongoing duties, as assigned.

Qualifications (required):

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information appropriately and confidentially.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Superior attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Upward management and initiative to move tasks forward.
  • Familiarity with task management and business productivity platforms.

Other Relevant Skills (preferred):

  • Experience as an Executive Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Project Coordinator, or similar role.
  • Proficiency with Asana, Zoom, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience working with development and executive management teams.

This position is based in the Washington, DC and only individuals who have the right to work in the US should apply. EPIC’s office operates according to public health guidance and most staff are currently working remotely in 2021.

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.

This position offers a competitive salary. EPIC provides all employees with a comprehensive benefits package. EPIC is a family-friendly organization.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to jobs@epic.org, with the subject line “Executive Assistant”.

Applications should be submitted by May 21, 2021, but they will be considered on a rolling basis.

Fellowships

2021 EPIC Law Fellowship

***EPIC is no longer accepting applications for the 2021 EPIC Law Fellowship. We will, however, still consider hosting fellows funded by an outside organization.***

EPIC invites outstanding applications for the 2021 EPIC Law Fellowship. EPIC encourages applications from law students graduating in 2021, recent graduates, and judicial clerks.

The EPIC Law Fellow will fill an integral role in EPIC's Washington, DC office. The Fellow will work on various EPIC Projects in areas such as Administrative Law, Appellate Advocacy, Consumer Privacy, International Privacy, Open Government, and State Policy. Creative, highly motivated, and accomplished law school graduates are encouraged to apply.

The EPIC Law Fellowship is a one-year position to begin September 2021, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Undertake legal research
  • Draft complaints, petitions, briefs, and testimony
  • Pursue Freedom of Information Act requests and identify appellate amicus opportunities
  • Prepare posts for EPIC website and EPIC Alert
  • Participate in legal strategy sessions and coalition meetings
  • Provide support and assistance to EPIC staff and EPIC advisory board

Compensation

The EPIC Law Fellow will receive an annual salary of $56,000. EPIC provides all employees with a comprehensive benefits package.

EPIC would also be pleased to serve as a host organization for recent law graduates that have obtained funding from their law schools. EPIC is happy to work with applicants to obtain funding from their respective law schools or foundations.

How to Apply

Applicants should prepare a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, and writing sample. The writing sample should be legal in nature (brief, memorandum, or research paper) and should be the applicant's own work, not a collaborative piece or something heavily edited by someone else. Please send the complete document, not an excerpt.

Letters of recommendation are welcome and encouraged, not to exceed more than two. Applications to be submitted via email should be sent to fellowship@epic.org with the subject line "EPIC Law Fellowship."

Please direct cover letters to Alan Butler, EPIC Senior Counsel. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • J.D. before September 2021;
  • Exceptional academic background;
  • Outstanding research, writing, and analytic skills;
  • Passionate commitment to public interest law;
  • Deep interest in EPIC's subject areas.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, team environment
  • Journal experience, such as law review, preferred but not required
  • Masters degree in computer science or related field preferred but not required
  • Judicial clerkship preferred but not required.

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, including law schools (e.g., Georgetown Law’s Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program and Yale Law School’s Arthur Liman Public Interest Program), Equal Justice Works, the Skadden Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations. 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 interests. Applicants should be aware of the outside funder organization's deadline, and that it takes time for EPIC to evaluate and work with a candidate to develop a quality proposal. The earlier candidates contact EPIC with their proposal, the stronger the proposal can be developed.

Please direct inquiries about project-based fellowships funded by outside organizations to fellowship[at]epic.org. Please address correspondence to Alan Butler, EPIC Senior Counsel.

Internet Public Interest Opportunities Program (IPIOP) Clerkships

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
Washington, DC

The EPIC Internet Public Interest Opportunities Program (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, DC.

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.

Application: Submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, law school transcripts, and three references as a combined PDF to ipiop@epic.org. Please use the email subject line "EPIC IPIOP Clerkship" and indicate semester or summer, e.g., "Fall 2020," "Spring 2021," or "Summer 2021."

Application deadlines:

Spring Semester (typically for an internship from Jan through April or May): September 1 - November 15

Summer (typically for an internship from May through July or August): November 1 - February 22

Fall Semester (typically for an internship from August or Sept through Dec): April 15 - July 15

Applications will be evaluated as they are received. You are encouraged to apply early, as we will be accepting on a rolling basis.

Compensation: Law schools routinely fund IPIOP clerkships. Upon law school approval, IPIOP clerks may also receive course credit for their time spent with EPIC. EPIC is happy to work with applicants to obtain funding from their respective law schools.

IPIOP Experiences

Siri Nelson, Northeastern Law School (Fall 2017) "An EPIC Experience"

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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