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Internships

The Law and Media Program facilitates summer internships with public interest and for-profit organizations, where students can get valuable experience in media law, defense of the First Amendment and the protection of journalism and journalists.  A sampling of opportunities that may be available appears below.

Compensation may be available from the host organization. If not and if the host organization is a legally qualified nonprofit entity or government agency, you may be eligible to receive up to $6,000 ($500 for up to 12 weeks) through the Law School’s Summer Public Interest Fellowships (SPIF).  Eligibility is based on financial need.  
  
A generous grant from the Knight Foundation also makes it possible for the Law and Media Program to fund two additional internships when the internship is unpaid and with a for-profit firm or, to supplement partial funding provided by the hiring organization for up to 12 weeks and at $500/week.  

Students may sequentially serve in more than one internship and together they may be more than 12 weeks in duration.

The following internships may be available: 

Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Citizen Media Law Project / Cambridge, MA
(more)

Garvey, Schubert & Barer
Washington, D.C. 
Broadcast and communications law

Gawker Media New York,
NY In-house position working with senior legal associate at Gawker Media to analyze legal issues faced by Gawker as well as potential litigation. Contact: Jesse Ma jesse@gawker.com 

Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP
Washington, DC
(more)

Media Access Project
Washington, DC
(more)

Media Law Resource Center
New York, N. Y.
A resource center for First Amendment defense
(more)

Minority Media and Telecommunications Council
Washington, D.C.
A leading advocate for minority advancement in telecommunications
(more)

National Public Radio
Office of the General Counsel
Washington, DC
(more)

New America Foundation
Washington, DC

The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative (OTI) provides the opportunity to explore the legal and policy implications of cutting edge technologies.  Part-time legal interns or full-time legal fellows will be expected to provide legal analysis and research on issues related to networked technology, media policy, freedom of expression, copyright and patent law.   As a think tank, the New America Foundation offers an experience beyond the parameters of a law firm and enables students and recent graduates to experience the policy and regulatory processes that impact the evolution of cutting edge technological developments.   Interns and fellows will be expected to contribute to research and policy work; pursue additional research and writing on topics of their interest; publish blog posts, articles or research papers; participate in policy forums and conferences; and initiate white papers and journal articles.   Mail, fax, or email a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (up to six pages) to: Human Resources, New America Foundation, 1899 L St., NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036. Fax: 202-986-3696. E-mail: jobs@newamerica.net. Please state “Legal Internship, Open Technology Initiative“ in the email subject line.

ProPublica
A substantial nonprofit newsroom in the public interest.
New York, N.Y.
ProPublica.org

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Arlington, Virginia
Provides free legal assistance to journalists
(more)

Student Press Law Center
Arlington, Virginia
Advocates for student free press rights and provides free legal assistance to students and teachers
(more)

Talking Points Memo
Online commentary on political events from a left point of view
(more)

Wall Street Journal
New York, NY
(more)

Washington Post
Washington, DC

The Washington Post has one summer position available in its legal department for a Yale Law School student through the Information Society Project.  This student will work closely with the four attorneys at The Post on a range of issues relating to both editorial matters and business operations.  These issues may include (for example) assistance with newsgathering and prepublication review, access motions, correction and retraction demands, responses to subpoenas seeking reporters' materials, libel litigation, assisting reporters with requests under FOIA and other public-records laws, enforcement of ThePost's intellectual property rights, advertising and marketing copy review, and general support of digital and mobile products.  The intern will also be assigned legal research and writing on topics critical to The Post's business that arise throughout the summer; last year, those research projects included closed-captioning requirements for online video, website liability for user comments, local laws governing home delivery of commercial products, and regulation of gambling advertisements.  In addition, there will be opportunities for the intern to attend relevant outside events, such as court appearances, congressional hearings, media law sessions, and a speaker series within The Post's newsroom.