Job Description: Legal Intern (San Francisco, CA)

Summary

If you’re a current law student or recent law school graduate passionate about free knowledge and open source issues, applying to our legal internship program can provide an immersive in-house experience with specific education and training in the areas of Internet law and free knowledge organizations. Interns selected would work full-time at the Foundation’s downtown San Francisco office.

Description

The Wikimedia Foundation (aka Wikipedia www.wikimediafoundation.org) faces a myriad of legal issues ranging from complex copyright questions to international freedom of speech issues to mobile development to internal corporate compliance. Because of the wide array of legal issues, the interns will be assigned challenging projects based on their particular interests and strengths.

These projects range from researching various legal questions to drafting licensing agreements to developing internal and external policies. Each intern will receive individualized projects that they will be expected to spearhead under the supervision and guidance of an attorney from the Legal & Community Advocacy Department.

Interns will work closely with their supervising attorney – attending and participating in internal and external meetings, collaborating on projects, receiving feedback and support, and generally learning about the practical dimensions of practicing law in-house at a web-based company.

When the opportunity exists, the Legal & Community Advocacy Department will work with an intern’s university to facilitate earning academic credits and/or receiving funding for the intern’s time at the Wikimedia Foundation.

Requirements

  • High energy for and commitment to the Wikimedia Foundation’s free knowledge mission, including an interest in free culture issues, open source software, Creative Commons licensing, etc.
  • A very good sense of humor and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, multitasking environment that demands fast turn-around.
  • Intellectual curiosity and flexibility that makes them enjoy tackling difficult and ambiguous problems in creative ways.  Students with strong research backgrounds are preferred.
  • Experience working with large online user communities (or at least the desire to). Students with experience with wikis or Wikimedia projects are preferred.
  • The ability to flourish in a highly transparent and collaborative environment and work on a team with diverse demographic and cultural characteristics. Multilingual students (especially German, French, and/or Italian) are a plus!
  • Excellent writing skills that can be adapted to communicate complex legal concepts to a large audience with varying (or no) backgrounds in law.  Students with experience and/or coursework in drafting agreements and/or policies are preferred.
  • Completed coursework in some or all of the following areas of law: internet law, freedom of speech (domestic and international), intellectual property, contract drafting, international law, privacy, data security, and/or licensing.  While coursework in these areas is not required, students who have experience in these areas are heavily preferred.

Pluses

  • Being a Wikimedian! (Please share your username in your cover letter.)

How to apply:

Have a great day and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Cheers,

Maria O’Neill
Wikimedia recruiting coordinator