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Tech Institute Seeks RAs for Fall 2019
Open to Georgetown Law students or Georgetown University students pursuing a relevant graduate degree

The Tech Institute is looking for Research Assistants for fall 2019. RAs conduct legal and policy research, contribute to our reports, and help staff the Institute’s workshops and convenings. RAs will work under the supervision of the Institute's Executive Director, Alexandra Givens, in partnership with the Institute's faculty, fellows and staff.  

Current projects include:

  • Internet policy and competition: net neutrality and competition, including supporting the work of our Distinguished Fellow Gigi Sohn.

  • Governance of information platforms, including work focused on the authority of the Federal Trade Commission.

  • AI fairness and the rights of people with disabilities: a new project analyzing the risk of algorithmic bias and exclusion for people with disabilities and multiply-marginalized communities.

  • Intellectual property, including workshops and a major conference on patent policy taking place in November 2019.

  • Technology as a tool to promote access to justice: supporting research on best practices for legal technologies designed to help individuals navigate the justice system.

  • Other projects and events to be determined.

You can learn more about the Institute’s recent activities here, and meet our team here.

Applicants must submit a single PDF file containing a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the name and email address of two references (including at least one Georgetown-affiliated reference) to TechInstitute@law.georgetown.edu

In your cover letter, please describe one or more issues you care about in technology policy, and reference any relevant course work or employment experience. For your writing sample, please provide something other than your Legal Writing memorandum if possible - preferably writing that reflects your engagement with a policy or legal question, such as a reflection paper or essay.

Applications are open now, and will be considered on a rolling basis through June 16, 2019.


Justice Lab & Tech Institute Seek Access to Justice RAs for 2019-2020
Open to Georgetown Law students or Georgetown University students pursuing a relevant graduate degree

Georgetown’s Justice Lab and the Tech Institute are looking for student research assistants to contribute to our policy work around technology as a tool to promote access to justice. ATJ RAs will work directly with Professor Tanina Rostain, Institute Executive Director Alexandra Givens, Adjunct Professor Mary McClymont and several other leaders working in the field.

RAs can expect to work on the following projects:

  • A major research project surveying how courts around the country are supporting access to justice for self-represented litigants.

  • A major research project investigating the utilization and effectiveness of enabling non-lawyer personnel (often dubbed “navigators”) to assist people with legal problems who cannot afford lawyers to represent them in civil cases.

  • Developing a collaborative research agenda about how data science can be better deployed to address issues in the civil justice system. 

  • Supporting research on best practices for legal technologies designed to help individuals navigate the justice system.

Georgetown’s Justice Lab is a research center dedicated to studying the various modalities emerging to address unmet legal needs. You can read more about it and the work of Professor Tanina Rostain here.

Applicants must submit a single PDF file containing a cover letter, resume and the name and email address of two references (including at least one Georgetown-affiliated reference) to Alina Schmidt at ajs310@georgetown.edu, copying TechInstitute@law.georgetown.edu

Your cover letter should indicate your interest, any relevant experience/coursework, and your expected availability (i.e. hoped for number of hours per week). 

Applications are open now, and will be considered on a rolling basis through June 16, 2019.


Full Time Position: Experienced Disability Rights Expert for Project on Algorithmic Fairness

The Institute is seeking an experienced disability rights expert to lead a new multi-year project we are launching on algorithmic fairness and the rights of people with disabilities.

The project is designed to analyze the impact of algorithmic decision-making on people with disabilities in employment, benefits determinations and other settings, assess gaps in existing legal and policy protections, and forge cross-disciplinary collaborations to center the perspectives of people with disabilities in efforts to develop algorithmic fairness and accountability.

The Project Director will work in close collaboration with the Institute’s Executive Director, Alexandra Reeve Givens, a Project Advisory Committee that is currently in formation, and the Institute’s fellows, faculty and students. The project will involve close collaboration with disability rights organizations, other civil rights organizations, and experts in machine learning and AI.

The initial employment term is for two years, and is for a full-time position at the Institute’s offices at Georgetown University Law Center in downtown Washington, D.C. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis from June 3, 2019, until the position is filled. View a blogpost about the role and the full application here.


Full time Position: georgetown Center for security & emerging technology

The Center for Security & Emerging Technology at Georgetown University is hiring Research Fellows, data scientists and program staff. For a full listing of openings, see the link here.

The Tech Institute will consider requests to host individuals for research fellowships, where the projects align with our areas of expertise and the fellow is able to identify their own outside source of funding. If you would like to explore potential opportunities, please contact TechInstitute@law.georgetown.edu.


Resource: Listing of Public Interest Summer Jobs 2019

To help in your job search, the Tech Institute & Privacy Center compiled a reference list of public interest summer jobs for 2019. The list also includes some information on post-graduate opportunities.

This list is intended simply as an informal guide to assist your job search, so it should not replace your own search and diligence on potential openings. For questions or to update information in this guide, please contact TechInstitute@law.georgetown.edu.