CITP Tech Policy Clinic

Public Interest Technology Summer Fellowship

The PIT Summer Fellowship is aimed at rising juniors and seniors interested in getting first hand experience working on technology policy at the federal, state and local level. 

We will select approximately 12 students from universities across the PIT-UN network to be in the inaugural class of PIT Summer Fellows. 

Fellows will begin their summer internship by attending a three-day policy bootcamp at Princeton’s CITP led by Mihir Kshirsagar and Tithi Chattopadhyay. The bootcamp will educate students about law and policy, and will feature leading experts as guest speakers in the fields of computer science and policy. 

After the bootcamp, fellows will travel to the host government agencies in different cities that our program has matched them with to spend approximately eight weeks working with the agency. Fellows will be embedded in the agency and get a real world experience of what it is like to work on cutting edge issues. At the conclusion of the summer, we will bring the fellows back for a day long debriefing session at Princeton. 

The fellowship will provide students with a stipend and funds to defray reasonable travel costs. 

The application can be found here. Applications are due February 10, 2020. More information about the program is available below:

Summer Stipend (eight weeks)

  • $5,000 total

Housing Provided

  • No

Host Agency Description

  • Government agencies like The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and their state and local counterparts have a unique mission to protect consumers and promote competition. In recent years, they have been at the vanguard of regulating the practices of technology companies. Their work in this area includes conducting investigations and bringing law enforcement actions against companies and individuals that violate the law. Some agencies also develop rules to ensure a vibrant marketplace, and educate consumers and businesses about their rights and responsibilities.
  • We will work to match students with agencies based on the student’s interests and the agencies’ needs. Students do not need to independently apply to the agencies for a position.

Qualifications

  • Strong interest in technology policy
  • Some computer programming experience
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Experience assisting with research

Eligibility

  • Rising juniors and seniors from universities that are members of the PIT-UN network. Click here for the list of universities that are members.

Expected Start Time

  • 9:00 a.m.

Expected End Time

  • 5:30 p.m.

Required Dates

  • June 7, 2020 to August 3, 2020

Internship Length

  • Eight weeks 

Locations (Tentative)

  • Washington, D.C, New York, San Francisco, Denver, Austin, Boston

Additional Information

  • We will provide accommodation in Princeton, but each student is responsible for finding his or her own housing during their fellowship. There are plenty of apartments to sublet for the summer as well as some dorm accommodations at nearby universities. Note that some agencies require US citizenship.