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Law School Summer Internship Stipend Program

The FCBA Foundation is looking to help students from around the country who want to dedicate their time and talent over the summer to government service in areas that relate to telecommunications, media, and technology (TMT) law.

Law School Summer Internship Stipend Program

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Who Should Apply

Students at accredited law schools who are seeking unpaid summer internships in the government in areas relating to telecommunications, media, and technology (TMT) law, including broadcasting, cable, information technology, television, telephony, satellite, and wireless. It also can include work at agencies and Congressional committees addressing other TMT-related areas, including internet law and policy, privacy, cybersecurity, copyright, emerging technologies, and related policy and legal issues.

How to Apply

The application for the stipend will be available online from Thursday, February 1 until Wednesday, March 6, 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions

The FCBA Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization and educational organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The charitable arm of the Federal Communications Bar Association, the Foundation supports service activities related to technology, media, and telecommunications law and policy and educational endeavors, including through awarding scholarships to deserving high school and law students and stipends for law students doing unpaid, public service internships related to TMT law and policy.

Through this program the FCBA Foundation awards stipend funds (maximum amount of $7,000) to law students employed in unpaid technology, telecommunications, and media (TMT)-related summer internships with a government entity.

To be eligible for consideration for the stipend, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited U.S. law school, pursuing a juris doctorate (J.D.) degree (at the time the internship commences)
  • Applied to or accepted for an unpaid summer internship with a government entity
  • Not already receiving external stipend funds exceeding $7,000
  • Summer work will involve legal or policy work related to the technology, telecommunications or media sector

Public service internships include opportunities with government agencies, the courts, or Congress. Over the years, stipends have been used by students to support work in diverse federal, state and local government agencies with a connection to the TMT sector. Examples of agencies where recipients can work include the FCC, FTC, NTIA, DOJ, DHS, NIST, and others. Students can also work in Congress and in relevant parts of state and local government.

Yes. The FCBA Foundation will consider applicants seeking qualifying unpaid, summer internships related to TMT law and policy with federal, state, local, or tribal government entities located outside of Washington, D.C.

The application period opens in early February and closes in early March. Links to the applications for these programs will be posted above.

Applications will be assessed on a host of criteria including academic performance, public service, motivation, and financial need.

Decisions on FCBA Foundations scholarships and internship stipends are expected to be announced in May of each year.

If you have any questions about the Foundation Law School Summer Internship Stipend program or application, please contact Janeen Wynn by email at janeen@fcba.org.

Recipient Spotlight »

Laura Geraci

Internship: FCC, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau, Policy and Licensing Division FCBA Foundation Scholarship

Laura is looking forward to building upon her interest in communications law and regulatory affairs through interning with the Policy and Licensing Division of the Federal Communications Commission.

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