A List of Privacy Law Fellowships

Daniel Solove
Founder of TeachPrivacy

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One way to enter the privacy profession is to do a fellowship, and fortunately, an increasing number of fellowship opportunities are emerging.

I have written about the challenges of breaking in to the privacy law profession, especially the challenges that recent law school graduates will face.  There are no established career paths in this field yet, so it takes some effort to get started.  Once you’re in the club, you’ll be in big demand, but there’s a bottleneck at the entrance.  This is why fellowships can be a great way to kick start a career in privacy law.

Here are a few fellowships related to privacy that I’m aware of.  If you know of others I should add to the list, please email me.



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IAPP Westin Fellowship

Description: The IAPP Westin Fellowship Program was created in 2013 to encourage and enable research and scholarship in the field of privacy.  Applicants from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Previous research, coursework or experience in privacy law, information technology, sociology, marketing or business may be useful. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or be authorized to work in the U.S.

Approximately half of the time will be devoted to selected research topics, the other half focusing on substantive IAPP projects. Fellows are present in the IAPP office working closely with the Research and Publication teams. Occasional travel to IAPP events will be part of the fellowship experience. A white paper, research report, academic article or similar publishable deliverable may be completed as part of the fellowship. All work product is expected to be of very high quality, appropriate for publication through professional or academic channels, as well as useful to practicing privacy professionals.

Location: Portsmouth, NH

Compensation: About $45,000/year depending on credentials plus an employee benefits package

Application: Submit a resume, personal statement, two letters of reference, a recent publication or example of work and transcript online.

Deadline: Completed applications are due no later than October 13, 2017 for the 2018/19 fellowship. Applications will be reviewed as received by the Vice President of Research & Education and the Research Director. The IAPP will perform initial screenings, conduct interviews with selected candidates, and extend offers as soon as feasible after November 3.

Contact: Rita Heimes, Research Director, rheimes@iapp.org




ZwillGen Fellowship

ZwillGen PLLC Fellowship

Description:    ZwillGen, a leading boutique law firm specializing in the intersection of law and technology, is seeking candidates for its 2018 Fellowship Program. The program presents a unique opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most experienced privacy and data security lawyers representing the biggest names in technology.

The ZwillGen Fellow position is for attorneys who have graduated from law school (or will have by June 2018), taken the bar exam (or will have by July 2018), and are entering the workforce for the first time as a full-time attorney.  Applicants must have a zeal for all things technology and have taken classes in law school on technology related subjects such as data privacy, cybersecurity, cyber-surveillance, copyright, or mobile applications. Experience working with a technology company or organization is a plus.

ZwillGen Fellows work closely with ZwillGen attorneys on a variety of cutting edge and legally challenging Internet privacy, security and surveillance issues. Because ZwillGen Fellows wear a variety of hats, we are looking for someone that is not only able to provide high-quality legal analysis in a concise and cogent manner, but also someone who is motivated and enthusiastic and embraces a fast-paced and lively environment. A good sense of humor and a desire to work hard and have fun are a must. Fellows are expected to engage in client development, speaking and writing engagements, blogging, teaching, marketing, assisting with development of firm forms and precedent materials, and generally helping out around the firm. They are also required to complete a substantial writing assignment (either a law review article or significant journal article) during the Fellowship.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Duration: 12 months

Compensation: A salary of $75,000-$85,000, commensurate with experience.

Application: Qualified and interested candidates should submit to  fellowships@zwillgen.com whatever materials they deem interesting and material to our consideration of their candidacy, which should include, at a minimum, a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and professional references.

Deadline: 10/6/2017




Berkman Center Fellowship

Berkman Center for Internet & Society General Fellowship

Description: The Berkman Center Fellowship begins in September and continues until May, although individuals may be able to extend for additional terms. Fellows generally work on Internet issues.

Application: Send a resume, personal statement that should explain your interest in a fellowship and outline proposed work during the fellowship (roughly 1,000-1,500 words or a multimedia equivalent), copy of a recent publication or example of work related to Internet research (paper, chapter, or presentation instead of a complete book or dissertation); explain also your disciplinary background (up to two disciplines), five tags that describe ideas on which you want to work during a fellowship, and Berkman projects of interest; two letters of recommendation should be sent from recommenders.

Location: Cambridge, MA

Deadline: January 31, 2018



Harvard University Privacy Tools Project

Description:  The Privacy Tools Project develops ways for scientists to share research data for producing open, replicable science without compromising the privacy of the individual research subjects whose data is used. Past students have written and contributed to publishable research papers in this fast-moving field, and we expect the same in future years.

Prospective Legal Research Assistants – The Privacy Tools team at the Berkman Klein Center regularly seeks law students at the start of each semester to help with research and analysis on privacy law and policy issues. Under the direction of project team leaders, student tasks may include researching and writing short memoranda on selected topics in law, summarizing recent publications in professional journals, and attending lectures and events with the larger project team. For more information, please visit: https://cyber.harvard.edu/getinvolved/internships/privacy_tools

Summer Research The Berkman Klein Center looks for law students to help the Privacy Tools Project research data privacy issues. Successful applicants will participate in the Berkman Klein Center’s full time, 10-week summer internship program. Applications are typically due in early February. For more information, please visit: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/getinvolved/internships_summer.

Location: Cambridge, MA

Contact: privacytools-info@seas.harvard.edu

Deadline:  Summer Internship program will accept applications in early 2018 for Summer 2018

NYU Info Law Institute Fellowship

NYU Information Law Institute Research Fellowship

Description:  The Information Law Institute at NYU is accepting applications for research fellowships to begin in Fall 2018. The initial fellowship term is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Applicants should hold a law degree or a Ph.D. in a relevant area, and show interest and promise in conducting research and writing. We will give preference to applicants with demonstrated interest in ILI areas of focus, including privacy, algorithms and automated decision-making, and information/data ethics and politics.

Research fellows will devote time to their own research, to collaborative projects, and to planning ILI events. Teaching may be an option, depending on availability and interest. Collaborative projects will be supervised by ILI faculty.

Fellows are expected to reside in the New York area, participate in Information Law Institute activities, attend weekly meetings of ILI’s multidisciplinary Privacy Research Group, and participate in regular Fellows’ meetings. They will also have ample opportunity to interact with faculty in the School of Law and other departments at NYU, and to take part in the lively intellectual life of the university and New York City.

Application: Applications (by email) and inquiries should be addressed to ILI administrator Nicole Arzt, nicole.arzt@nyu.edu, and should include: a CV, copies of 2 relevant publications or writing samples, a transcript of graduate work (unofficial is acceptable), the names and contact information of three references, and a cover letter summarizing the candidate’s relevant background and accomplishments and outlining his or her perceived fit with the ILI.

Deadline: We will review applications on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Contact: Further information about the ILI and the Privacy Research Group can be found at http://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/ili/index.htm.



Penn Fellowships

U. Penn Center for Technology, Innovation
and Competition Fellowship

Description: CTIC Fellows, who receive an entire year of funding from the National Science Foundation and may apply for renewal, will complete at least one original piece of writing and teach one class for every year of funding. They will also be involved in drafting CTIC reports.  Although this fellowship is billed as ‘postdoctorate,’ JD’s are welcome to apply.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Application: Send a detailed research proposal, writing sample(s), resume, graduate school transcripts, and two references (at least one must be academic) to ctic@law.upenn.edu; while electronic applications are preferred, candidates may also send a hard copy to:

Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition
University of Pennsylvania Law School
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6204

Deadline: 1/31/16, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so the position could be filled before the deadline.

2017 Deadline:  March 15, 2017

Contact: ctic@law.upenn.edu


George Mason University Law & Economics Center Privacy Fellowship

Description: Funds research on the economics of privacy and data security. Fellows are selected based on the quality of their research proposals, and are provided with honoraria over the course of a semester-long research project. Great for current students looking to get some part-time research experience.

Location: Arlington, VA (research can be conducted offsite)

Compensation: $12,000

Application: Research proposals should include a statement of issue to be addressed, the proposed methodology, as well as a discussion of the feasibility for completion by the following summer. Proposals should be no longer than three pages (not including charts, graphs, or bibliography).

Deadline: Research proposals are due October 13, 2017.


Stanford Center for Internet and Society Affiliates and Fellows

Description: The Stanford Center for Internet and Society periodically accepts applications for formal affiliations and fellowships based on ongoing research in the areas of net neutrality, cybersecurity, free speech, copyright, privacy, government surveillance, robotics and related topics. Positions are available for young practitioners, post docs, PhD candidates and other students for periods ranging from 1-2 years.

Location: Stanford, CA (research can be conducted offsite)

Compensation: Unpaid

Application: Resume or CV and a statement of interest not to exceed 750 words. Applicants must propose a specific project integral to the Center’s mission and activities. The proposal should include specific output, criteria for success, and a timeline of at most two years.

Contact: cis@law.stanford.edu





Description: The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF fellows work with FPF staff to explore the challenges posed by technological innovation and develop privacy protections, ethical norms and workable business practices.

 Location: Washington, DC

Compensation: Unpaid (occasional funding available)

Application: Send a cover letter and resume to applications@fpf.org

Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Education Privacy Internship/Externship for Fall or Spring 2018

Description:The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a non-profit organization, is seeking a full- or part-time legal intern to work on our education privacy project for fall 2017 or spring 2018.   This intern will mainly work on K-12 and higher education privacy, obtaining an extensive background in education privacy law. This internship will involve extensive work in education privacy, including researching and drafting short and long publications, tracking and analyzing state and federal legislation, and other meeting preparation and state-specific policy-planning assignments. Interns may also be able to attend various privacy, technology, and education events and meet experts in all of those fields.

Location: Washington, DC.  Interns could potentially work remotely.

Compensation: Unpaid

Duration:  Internship start and end dates are flexible.

Qualifications:  The intern can be a current law student or someone who graduated law school in the past two years.

Application:   Send a resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples (one 1-5 pages, one 5-20 pages) to avance@fpf.org.

Deadline:  Applicants are encouraged to apply asap as applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Privacy Internship/Externship for Spring or Summer 2018

Description:  The Future of Privacy Forum is a non-profit 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 seeks part- or full-time legal interns for spring 2018 and full-time legal interns for summer 2018 to support Policy Counsel responsible for developing and evaluating data practices in the consumer and commercial sector by shaping corporate practices, engaging with regulators and government agencies, and providing thought leadership in a variety of settings. Issue portfolios may include privacy concerns related to current commercial and consumer technologies such as – but not limited to – Big Data and the Internet of Things, connected cars, student data, ad tracking, mobile location data use, smart cities, deidentification standards, algorithms, and biometrics and AI.

Location: Washington, DC.

Qualifications: Also open to recent graduates.

Application:  Send a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to bleong@fpf.org.

Deadline:  Applicants are encouraged to apply asap as applications are considered on a rolling basis.

CDT Fellowship

CDT Election Technology Fellow

Description: CDT Fellows shape important public policy conversations at the intersection of civil liberties, security, privacy, and technology. A typical day may include everything from researching and writing papers or analysis to public speaking opportunities to private meetings amongst or across stakeholder communities. The role offers autonomy, opportunity to directly impact critical issues of our day, and professional development within a supportive environment. Fellows will interact on a regular basis with CDT’s experts as well as the public interest groups, government officials, academics, companies, and other stakeholders with whom CDT engages.

This position will help lead CDT’s election privacy & security project, working under the direction of Chief Technologist Joseph Lorenzo Hall, for an initial period of two years, thanks to a grant received from The Democracy Fund. CDT’s goals for this project include:

  • To bring elements of state-of-the-art nation-state cybersecurity defense to state and local election officials by developing materials such as a maturity model and set of playbooks for voter registration system cybersecurity;
  • To conduct data stewardship outreach to election officials, election data scientists, and political campaign entities who regularly handle voter data in order to better protect that data and stem the increasing frequency of data breaches; and,
  • To equip stakeholder groups with clear information on cyber security opportunities and improvements. Ideally, this position would be based in CDT’s Washington, DC office.

Location: Washington, DC

Application: Send a cover letter and resume to hr@cdt.org


CDT Fellowship

CDT Law Intern, Summer 2018

Description: Summer interns work closely with CDT policy experts, technologists, and attorneys on an array of civil liberties and international human rights issues related to technology and the internet, including online free expression, electronic surveillance, digital copyright, cybersecurity, internet governance, and consumer privacy. Law students and law graduates: Interns who are current law students – or who already earned a law degree – can contribute to CDT’s work by conducting legal and policy research, drafting reports and legal analyses, assisting in the preparation of testimony, presentations, legislative proposals and briefs, and creating online educational resources.

Application: Cover letter explaining interest in privacy, civil liberties, and Internet policy, resume, and two writing samples to hr@cdt.org with “Plesser 2016 Fellowship” the subject line; two letters of recommendation will be required of certain candidates but can be submitted with the application

Deadline: We accept applications for summer internships from November 16 to March 15, but applications are considered on a rolling basis, and we may complete our selection process in mid-February or early March.


EPIC Fellowship

EPIC Law Fellowship

Description: The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Law Fellowship is a one-year position involving work on administrative law, appellate advocacy, consumer privacy, international privacy, open government, and state policy. The fellow will help draft complaints, petitions, briefs, and testimony, work on FOIA requests, and write for EPIC’s website.

Location: Washington, DC

Compensation: $51,500

Application: Send a cover letter addressed to Alan Butler, EPIC Senior Counsel, resume, unofficial law school transcript, and a complete writing sample (legal such as a brief, memorandum, or research paper) to fellowship@epic.org with “EPIC Law Fellowship” as the subject line; letters of recommendation may be sent, but no more than two.

Deadline: November 2, 2017, but applications may be accepted on a rolling basis as well



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Google Public Policy Fellowships

Description: Google annually sponsors summer fellowships with an array of privacy-related policy organizations such as the Center for Democracy and Technology, Access Now, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and many others.

 Location: Varies depending on the host organization.

 Compensation: $7,500

Application: Online applications vary depending on the host organization.

Deadline: This year’s deadline was March 15. The details for next year’s program have not been published.

Contact: policyfellows@google.com

Internet Law & Foundry

Internet Law & Policy Foundry Fellows

Description: The Internet Law & Policy Foundry is an organization run by early-career legal and policy professionals in the field of internet law and policy. ILP Foundry Fellows form the foundation of the organization, setting the strategy and direction of the Foundry through participation in planning committees, events, and social media management.

Compensation: Unpaid

Application: Prospective fellows are asked to submit their professional social media profiles, a brief statement of interest and links to any relevant published/public work.

Deadline: Applications for 2017 Fellows are due September 9, 2016.




DHS Fellowship

DHS Secretary’s Honors Program

Description: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Honors Attorneys are hired for a two-year term beginning in October in which they will experience six-month rotations (one is at DHS headquarters in one of the Office of General Counsel’s divisions: Immigration, General Law, Intelligence, Legal Counsel, Technology Programs, Regulatory Affairs, Ethics, Operation and Enforcement, and National Protection and Programs and three others will be at different OGC components—FEMA, TSA, USCIS, USSS, USCG, CBP, ICE, and USCG). Candidates will gain experience in litigation, administrative law, commercial law, procurement law, legislative and regulatory drafting, maritime law, immigration law, enforcement law, and national security law during the program.

Location: Washington, DC

Application: Cover letter addressed to Honors Attorney Program Manager, resume, law school transcript (unofficial accepted) to ogchonors@hq.dhs.gov in separate PDF attachments to your email; PDFs should be saved you’re your last name, first name, and the document title (Doe Joe Resume, Doe John Cover Letter, Doe John Transcript); “[Last name First name] Honors Attorney Application” in the subject line; optional recommendation letter may be attached or sent separately to ogchonors@hq.dhs.gov with “Recommendation later for [applicant’s name]” in the subject line and must be received by 9/15/16; writing samples and references aren’t accepted but may be requested later.

Deadline: August 1, 2017 until September 15, 2017.

Other Relevant Information: Can apply for permanent positions after 18 months and if there are special circumstances, after one year.


FBI Honors Program

FBI Office of General Counsel – DOJ Honors Program

Description: The FBI’s Office of General Counsel offers entry-level positions for law school students as part of the DOJ’s Honors Program. Honors attorneys will do a two-year rotation in the following specialties: cyber law, national security law, employment law, civil litigation, fiscal and property law, science, technology, and investigative law. Immediately afterward, the Honors attorney will be placed in one of these units within the FBI’s Office of General Counsel. Applicants must pass an FBI background investigation and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

Location: Washington, DC

Application: Apply here starting 7/31/17. Upload your resume, most recent law school transcript, information about your undergraduate degree and any legal fellowships, previous DOJ experience, and other legal or non-legal experience; submit also a minimum of three references, law school courses, your qualifications,

Deadline: 9/5/17  In late September interview candidates will be selected.  Interview period will be from mid-October to early November.  Offers will be extended from late November through February.


FCC Honors Program

FCC Attorney Honors Program

Description: Honors attorneys will be trained for two years in communications law and policy, helping draft decisions in adjudicatory and rulemaking matters, working on international negotiations, and also representing the FCC before other government agencies, Congress, and in the private sector. Those selected will be assigned a bureau or office based upon their interests, qualifications and the FCC’s needs. Honors attorneys may be permitted to rotate within the agency once their first year is complete. After the two years, they may be considered for permanent employment at the FCC.

Location: Washington, DC

Application:  Interested candidates should submit the following materials in a single email to Program@fcc.gov:  a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the Honors Program, resume, writing sample (preferably not more than 15 pages), current official or unofficial law school transcript, and a list of three references (with both phone and email contact information)

  • To expedite processing of your application, please save each of the required documents as a separate PDF file, with your last name as part of the file name.
  • The subject line of the transmittal email submitting your application should include: “AHP 2018 Application.”
  • Selected applicants may be invited for interviews. While we prefer interviews to be held at the FCC’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C., remote interviews are available if travel to Washington, D.C. is a hardship. We typically begin selecting candidates for interviews in October, and begin making offers before the end of the year. This tentative timeline is subject to change. Participants who enter the fall 2018 class will be expected to begin their employment with the agency by mid-September 2018.

Deadline: 9/11/17 All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, September 25, 2017.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

If you know of other fellowships I should add to the list, please email me.

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This post was authored by Professor Daniel J. Solove, who through TeachPrivacy develops computer-based privacy training, data security training, HIPAA training, and many other forms of awareness training on privacy and security topics.  Thanks to Ariel Glickman for research assistance with this list.

Privacy+Security ForumProfessor Solove is the organizer, along with Paul Schwartz of the Privacy + Security Forum (Oct. 24-26, 2016 in Washington, DC), an annual event that aims to bridge the silos between privacy and security. 

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