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Berkman Center Internships Communications Law and Policy

Berkman Center Internships Communications Law and Policy

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Summer Internship Program 2012
Each summer the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University swings open thedoors of our big yellow house to welcome a group of talented and curious students as full-timeinterns -Berkterns!- who are passionate about the promise of the Internet. Finding connectedand complementary research inquiries among their diverse backgrounds, students represent alllevels of study, are being trained in disciplines across the board, and come from universities allover the world to tackle issues related to the core of Berkman¶s research agenda, including law,technology, innovation, and knowledge; the relationship between Internet and civic activity; andtechnology, law, and development.Summer interns jump head first into the swirl of the Berkman universe, where they are deeplyand substantively involved in the operation of our research projects and efforts. Becominginvaluable contributors to the Center¶s operation and success, interns conduct collaborative andindependent research under the guidance of Berkman staff, fellows, and faculty. Specific roles,tasks, and experiences vary depending on Center needs and interns' skills; a select list of expected opportunities for Summer 2012 is below. Traditionally, the workload of each intern is primarily based under one project or suite of projects, with encouragement and flexibility to getinvolved in additional projects all across the Center.In addition to joining research teams, summer interns participate in special lectures withBerkman Center faculty and fellows, engage each other through community experiences likeweekly interns discussion hours, and attend Center-wide events and gatherings with members of the wider Berkman community. As well, each year interns establish new channels for fun andlearning, such as organizing topical debates, establishing reading groups and book clubs, producing podcasts and videos, and hosting potlucks, cook-offs, and BBQs (fortunately for us, people share).The word "awesome" has been thrown around to describe our internships, but don't take our word for it. Zack McCune, a summer intern from 2008,had this to say: "it has been anenchanting summer working at the berkman center for internet & society. everyday, i get tohang out with some of the most brilliant people on the planet. we talk, we write (emails), we blog, we laugh, we play rock band. and when things need to get done, we stay late hyped on freecoffee and leftover food. it is a distinct honor to be considered a peer among such excellent people. and i am not just talking about the fellows, staff, and faculty, though they are alloutstanding. no, i mean my peers as in my fellow interns, who are almost definitely the ripeningnext generation of changemakers."
Time Commitment:
 Summer internships are full time positions (35 hours/week) for 10 weeks. Our Summer 2012 program runs from Monday, June 4 through Friday, August 10.
 Interns are paid $11.50 an hour, with the exception of a number of opportunities for law students
who are expected to receive some version of summer public interest funding (more about thesespecific cases at the link for law students below).Please be forewarned that payment may not be sufficient to cover living expenses in the Bostonarea. No other benefits are provided, and interns must make their own housing, insurance andtransportation arrangements.
Commitment to Diversity:
 The work and well-being of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University arestrengthened profoundly by the diversity of our network and our differences in background,culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We activelyseek and welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, and persons with disabilities, as well as applications from researchers and practitioners from acrossthe spectrum of disciplines and methods. The roots of this deep commitment are many and,appropriately, diverse. We are not nearly far enough along in this regard, and we may never be.It is a constant process in which there remains much to learn. We welcome your inquiries,comments and ideas on how we may continue to improve.
 - Internships are open to students enrolled across the spectrum of disciplines.- Internships are open to students at different levels of academic study including those in bachelors, masters, law, and Ph.D programs (some flexibility with high school students is possible). Some positions will require that interns be enrolled in a particular kind of academic program.- Summer interns do not have to be U.S. residents or in school in the U.S., and we welcome andencourage international students to apply.- Summer interns do not need an existing affiliation with Harvard University.
Select Expected Summer 2012 Opportunities:
Interns with the the Broadband Project will conduct primary and secondary research into fiber deployment, both in the US and abroad. Research topics may include municipal fiber networks,how competition impacts price and speed, and the role of spectrum in the broadband debate.More information about the Broadband Project can be found at:http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/research/broadband.
Cloud Computing Law and Policy
In Spring 2012, the Cloud Computing team at the Berkman Center in collaboration with KEIOUniversity (Japan), the NEXA Center (Italy), and the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) willmake public its wiki-based repository of analyses, resources, and case studies on emergingissues, law, policy and current trends related to cloud computing. Building upon this foundationand under the guidance of Executive Director Urs Gasser, we will be developing specificresearch and analysis that leverages our international collaboration and existing resources, andideally creates briefing materials that are useful to policymakers, industry participants, civil
society members, and other actors. Interns will work directly with the team to develop associatedresearch.
Cyberlaw Clinic
Interns with the Cyberlaw Clinic contribute to a wide range of real-world litigation, clientcounseling, licensing, advocacy and legislative projects covering a broad spectrum of legal issuesinvolving the Internet, new technology, intellectual property law, youth online safety and child protection. The Clinic provides high-quality, pro-bono legal services to appropriate individuals,small start-ups, non-profit groups and government entities regarding cutting-edge issues of theInternet, new technology and intellectual property. Interns in the Cyberlaw Clinic can expectdirect hands-on experience working with clients under the supervision of the Clinic's staff attorneys. More information about the Cyberlaw Clinic can be found at:http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/teaching/cyberlawclinic.Interns with the Cyberlaw Clinic will be students currently enrolled in a J.D. program in theUnited States.
 Digital Media Law Project 
Summer interns at the Digital Media Law Project will work on a wide range of legal researchand writing projects relating to media law, intellectual property, and the intersection of  journalism and the internet. In past years, interns have updated theLegal Guideto media lawtopics, developed entries for thedatabase of threatsagainst online publishers, commented oncurrent issues in law and media on the blog, and provided research and drafting assistance onamicus briefs. Interns may also be asked to assist with the operation and expansion of theOnlineMedia Legal Network , an attorney referral service for digital publishers, and with other projectsthat the DMLP undertakes in conjunction with its partner organizations around the world. Moreinformation on summer internships with the DMLP can be found on the DMLP website at:http://www.citmedialaw.org/about/summer-internships.
 Freedom of Expression
Summer interns for this suite of projects, which includes Herdict, Internet & Democracy,OpenNet Initiative, Global Network Initiative, and others, will blog regularly about issuesconcerning online freedom of expression; contribute to related data gathering efforts using onlinesources; conduct research on internet filtering, monitoring, and control efforts around the globe;update project Twitter and Facebook accounts; and assist international partners. In the past,freedom of expression interns have also contributed to literature reviews, hand coded onlinecontent, and supported research on foreign language blogospheres, Twitter and onlinecommunities in Russia, China, Iran and the Middle East. More information about some of Berkman¶s work on freedom of expression can be found at the following links:http://www.herdict.org/web/;http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/idblog/;http://opennet.net/; http://globalnetworkinitiative.org/.
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