Earlier this month, ALA announced the opening of the application process for the 2016 Google Policy Fellowship program. Consider this post a friendly reminder that applications for the program are due on Friday, March 25th (that’s right, just three days from today).
The program is a great opportunity for graduate students to gain experience working on information policy within the dynamic beltway ecosystem. As we mentioned in the announcement, Fellows work on a wide gamut of issues that may include digital copyright, e-book licenses and access, future of reading, international copyright policy, broadband deployment, online privacy, telecommunications policy (including e-rate and network neutrality), digital divide, open access to information, free expression, digital literacy, the future of libraries generally, and more.
This summer, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks learning about national policy from ALA’s Washington Office staff, and completing a major project. Google provides the $7,500 stipend for the summer, but the work agenda is determined by the ALA and the selected fellow. Throughout the summer, Google’s Washington Office will provide an educational program for all of the fellows, such as lunchtime talks and interactions with Google Washington staff.
Johnna Percell, a graduate of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, served as our fellow last summer. Margaret Kavaras, our fellow from the summer of 2014, now serves as an Office for Information Technology Policy Research Associate.
ALA encourages all interested graduate students – and especially those in the library science and information fields – to apply for the program. Further information on the program is available here.