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Internship Stipends for Law Students

FCBA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Funding of Unpaid Communications-Related Legal Internships
For the 21st consecutive year, the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation will award stipends to law students from its Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund.  The program provides stipends of up to $5,000 to outstanding law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other Federal, state and local government agencies with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology).

In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive an additional stipend for the summer—the “Max Paglin Award.”  Mr. Paglin was the former General Counsel and Executive Director of the FCC, and the founder of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications, which compiled a definitive legislative history of the Communications Act.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of: (1) a demonstrated interest in the communications field, (2) having secured or having pending, an unpaid summer position (internship) for at least eight weeks with a Federal, state or local government agency with a significant connection to the communications industry, (3) dependence on financial assistance in order to accept the unpaid internship in a government agency or entity involved in communications; and, (4) community activities.

Applications for internship funding should be submitted to Kerry Loughney, FCBA Foundation, 1020 19th Street, NW, Suite 325, Washington, DC 20036 or kerry@fcba.orgApplications must be post-marked by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.  Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone.  Winners will be notified in late-April.

Click here to download the 2014 application

In 2013, the Foundation awarded 14 stipends to law students from across the country who accepted unpaid, communications-related summer public service internships with a federal or state government agency.

Under the leadership of Glenn Reynolds, the Foundation internship committee (Ann Bobeck, David Don, Micah Caldwell, and Jennifer Holtz) reviewed 33 applications from students at law schools across the country. For the second year in a row, the Foundation has awarded $5,000 stipends to 14 students who have accepted public service positions for the summer. One of our interns will be working at the Federal Trade Commission, and the rest in a variety of offices and bureaus at the Federal Communications Commission. One outstanding student receives the annual Max Paglin Award, representing an additional stipend of $600.

Click here to learn about the 2013 stipend recipients