Office of the General Counsel (Copyright) Externship - Spring 2024
Program Duration: January 8, 2024 – April 5, 2024 (dates may be flexible, depending on school requirements)
Legal externs are vital contributors to the work of the Office of the General Counsel ("OGC"). The OGC is responsible for providing high quality, cost–efficient, legal and related services to our NPR clients to achieve its mission of service to the public.
NPR is looking for a 2L or 3L who has a strong interest in copyright law, has taken a course in copyright law, and has comprehensive knowledge of basic copyright principles and fair use. The externship will provide an excellent opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the many legal issues involved in fair use analysis, rights management, and the audio licensing process.
NPR offers legal externships throughout the year. Course credit may be obtained by arrangement with individual law schools. During the summer, law clerks are expected to work full time, 40 hours per week for 12 weeks. Fall and Spring externships can be on a part–time schedule (usually 15–20 hours per week) or full–time schedule.
The extern will gain practical experience working on issues related to copyright, fair use, and audio licensing, which will include assisting senior counsel with the following tasks:
- Evaluating copyright issues in audio content (and occasional video content)
- Researching copyright issues
- Making fair use determinations
- Drafting and/or organizing permissions agreements and otherwise assessing legal aspects of proposed licensing agreements
- Assisting with Rights Management issues
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
- Location: This externship may be fully remote, onsite at our Washington, DC office (subject to NPR's health and safety measures), or a hybrid version of the two.
- Education: Must be a current student in an accredited law degree program (2L or 3L). Candidates must have taken a course in copyright law and be well–versed in the principles of fair use. Prior experience with licensing issues is preferred but not required.
- Course Credit: This externship is designed to be a learning experience for law students for which school credit must be obtained. Applicants must be able to comply with their school's requirements for academic credit.
- Fair Use
- Copyright Law
- Intellectual Property
- Remote Permitted: This is a remote permitted role. This role is based out of our Washington, DC office but the employee may choose to work on a remote basis from a location that NPR approves.
- This is a for–credit externship
NPR generally offers legal externships throughout the year. During the summer, law clerks are expected to work full time, 40 hours per week for 12 weeks. Fall and Spring externships can be on a part–time schedule (usually 15 – 20 hours per week depending on school requirements) or full–time schedule.
Application submissions for Office of the General Counsel Externship – Spring 2024 will close on November 19, 2023 at 11:59pm ET.
Course Credit: This externship is designed to be a learning experience for law students for which school credit must be obtained. Applicants must be able to comply with their school's requirements for academic credit.
Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a cover letter and resume to be considered. All externs must have authorization to work in the United States. Please also include the following to be considered:
- cover letter
- The cover letter is extremely important in evaluating applicants.
- Please make sure you explain thoroughly your interest in and experience with copyright law.
- All applicants must have taken copyright law before the externship begins.