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Google/NMHC Policy Fellowship (Paid)

In NLLSA on January 12, 2012 by Public Relations Director

Google Policy Fellowship 2012
Application Due February 3, 2012

NHMC is excited to announce its participation in the Google Policy Fellowship Program– which supports students and organizations working on policy issues fundamental to the future of the Internet and its users.

Please sign up here to receive announcements about the Google Policy Fellowship.

For more information, please visit http://www.google.com/policyfellowship.


Program Overview

The Google Policy Fellowship program was inspired by Google’s Summer of Code with a public policy twist. The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests.

Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more. Participating organizations are based in either Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, Ottawa or Toronto, Canada and include: American Library Association, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, Center for Democracy and Technology, Citizen Lab, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Creative Commons, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Future of Music Coalition, Internet Education Foundation, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Media Access Project, National Hispanic Media Coalition, New America Foundation, Progress and Freedom Foundation, Public Knowledge, TechFreedom, and Technology Policy Institute. More information about the host organizations and the areas of focus for the fellows are outlined here.

Fellows will be assigned a lead mentor at their host organizations, but will have the opportunity to work with several senior staff members over the course of the summer. Fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of their organization, including conducting policy research and analysis; drafting reports and analyses; attending government and industry meetings and conferences; and participating in other advocacy activities.


Who should apply?

We’re looking for students who are passionate about technology, and want to spend the summer diving headfirst into Internet policy. Students from all majors and degree programs who possess the following qualities are encouraged to apply:

  • Demonstrated or stated commitment to Internet and technology policy
  • Excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise
  • First-rate analytical, communications, research, and writing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment

Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500 for 10 weeks during the summer of 2012 (June-August). Exact dates of the fellowship will be worked out by the fellow and host organization.
NHMC Fellowship Focus Areas

Fellowship Location: Washington, DC

Please note that NHMC will only consider candidates enrolled in a law degree program. The Google Policy Fellow at NHMC will be supervised by an attorney.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a non-profit, civil rights and media advocacy organization, with a three-part mission: to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media; to increase Latino employment in all facets of the media industry; and to advocate for media and telecommunications policies that benefit the Latino community and other communities of color. Established in Los Angeles in 1986, NHMC is currently headquartered in Pasadena, California, with a second office in Washington, D.C.

American Latinos comprise over 16% of the U.S. population, yet are still largely under and misrepresented on mainstream media. NHMC is the most sought-after and credible Latino media organization at the national level, often serving as the only voice focused on ending media bias and evening the playing field for Latinos in media.

NHMC’s Pasadena office focuses primarily on diversifying the employment ranks of media companies, and building a pipeline for Latinos to enter the media and entertainment industry through various programs, such as the National Latino Media Council Writer’s Program, which NHMC administers, and regular interaction with top executives at the four major broadcast networks and Comcast Cable, as stipulated by Memoranda of Understanding that the Coalition holds with those entities.

In Washington, D.C., NHMC staff is often called to testify before Congress and the federal agencies on various media and telecommunications policies that impact the American Latino community. NHMC submits public comments to the FCC record on a variety of policies.

NHMC’s main priority is combating hate speech in media in creative, First-Amendment-friendly ways. Other projects include examining how to accomplish universal, affordable and open broadband internet, diversification of the media industry and consumer protection.

The Google Policy Fellow will work closely with NHMC’s DC-based Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs and its Policy Counsel, to advance NHMC’s agenda. The Fellow will work on complex legal and policy issues, and may be called upon to draft FCC pleadings, internal memoranda, press releases, blog posts, editorials and other documents as needed. The Fellow will be invited to attend meetings with decision makers at the FCC and in Congress, as well as meetings with media reform and civil rights activists.

To learn more about the National Hispanic Media Coalition, please visit www.nhmc.org.

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