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Visiting Fellow, National Security Law and Managing Editor of Lawfare

Basic Function

The Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution is accepting applications for a Visiting Fellow (National Security Law) and Managing Editor for Lawfare. This is a two- to three-year fellowship for a recent law-school graduate or an early-career attorney to serve as Managing Editor of Lawfare, a web site published in cooperation with the Brookings Institution, and to do Brookings scholarship in on national security legal issues. The position offers a unique opportunity to help manage and to contribute to Lawfare--a fast-growing, five-year-old web site with a high-impact readership inside government, the press, and the legal academy. It also offers the opportunity to do independent research in Brookings's Governance Studies Program.

Education/Experience Requirements

The successful candidate will hold a J.D. or similar postgraduate law degree required with a proven interest in national security legal policy. The successful candidate will have a rare combination of superlative writing and editing skills and demonstrated expertise and experience in national security law. He or she will also have a desire to hybridize the highest-standards of legal scholarship with serious journalism in the context of deadline-driven analytic writing and be comfortable with the idea of writing and managing in a fast-paced environment.

Knowledge Requirements

A candidate must have a desire to spend time covering and live blogging court hearings.

Salary will depend on the candidate’s qualifications, and will be commensurate with experience. Starting date is negotiable; however, filling the position by the fall of 2015 is preferred.

Applicants should submit a CV, a cover letter describing research interests, and a list of at least three references. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Brookings welcomes applications from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities.

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law. Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings. No phone calls please.


Civil Liberties and Privacy (CLP) Summer Intern Program


Are you looking for a unique opportunity to learn about The National Security Agency (NSA) mission while helping to further NSA's civil liberties and privacy efforts? Then this program in the NSA's Civil Liberties and Privacy Office (CLPO), is your opportunity to learn about and influence how NSA manages civil liberties and privacy in an increasingly transparent Intelligence Community.  The NSA CLP Summer Intern Program offers a rising college senior an opportunity to receive an overview of a variety of cryptologic disciplines while participating in the evolving CLPO process.  The intensive 12-week program runs from the end of May through mid-August for one or two undergraduates entering the final year of an undergraduate degree program.  This program permits summer interns to actively participate in or support on-going CLPO activities under the guidance of NSA professionals responsible for the following activities:

- Identifying and documenting existing Agency Civil Liberties and Privacy (CLP) activities.
- Identifying and making recommendations regarding improvements to existing gaps in CLP protections.
- Identifying topics for and providing input to a semi-annual report on activities. 
- Creating written and briefing material suitable for both internal executive-level and public audiences. 
- Establishing or coordinating mechanisms to ensure NSA complies with appropriate DoD and IC standards to ensure protection of civil liberties and privacy is incorporated into NSA policies and procedures.
- Managing or preparing, as appropriate, mandatory and ad hoc internal and external reports.


- Must be a U.S. citizen 
- Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance 
- Must be a full-time undergraduate student entering the final year of an undergraduate degree program 
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 is desired 
- Must be available for the entire 12-week program 
- Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between December 2015 and March 2016 or earlier.

- Major studies areas of consideration: 
   -- International Affairs/Politics/Relations 
   -- Intelligence/Security Studies 
   -- Regional Studies 
   -- Economics 
   -- Psychology 
   -- Decision/Information/Data Science 
   -- Note:  Minors/Certificate programs or multiple courses in computer science, networking, technology, information assurance or telecommunications areas are highly sought. 

Students attending schools designated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (IC CAE) in National Security Studies and designated as (IC Scholars) are particularly encouraged to apply.  IC CAE schools are listed at the following link:

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online at on or before October 15th. Applications received after the deadline and incomplete packets will not be considered. 

To be considered for the CLP Summer Intern Program, submit a complete application package that includes: 

- Current resume 
- Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible) 
- List of current fall 2015 semester courses and proposed spring 2016 course schedule 
-Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or employers familiar with your work

Global Governance Futures Fellowship

The Global Governance Futures – Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues program (GGF) is bringing together 25 young professionals to look ahead at the year 2027 and recommend ways to address key global challenges. Building on previous rounds of the program (GGF 20202022 and 2025), the upcoming GGF 2027 will assemble 25 fellows from China, Germany, India, Japan and the United States (five from each country) to form three working groups that focus on data governance, global health and transnational terrorism, respectively.

Over the course of 2016 and 2017, the fellows will meet in four dialogue sessions that take place in the five participating countries. The fellows will receive training in the GGF scenario planning methodology. Challenged with different perspectives from other parts of the world, the fellows will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with experts and policymakers in the participating countries. In their working groups, the fellows will produce possible scenarios leading to 2027 and develop policy ideas for effective and accountable governance. Take a look at the most recent round of GGF dialogue sessions.

The four dialogue sessions (five to eight days each) will take place in Washington, DC (May 8-12,  2016), Tokyo and Beijing (September 2016), New Delhi (January 2017) and Berlin (May 2017). The exact dates for the subsequent three dialogue session will be determined closer to the sessions.

The GGF fellows will disseminate the results of their working group discussions through reports, op-eds in major publications and high-profile presentations.

Download the application form, and apply by midnight Pacific Time on November 15, 2015 

For more for information on application requirements and timeline, visit the GGF website

Senior Fellow, Cybersecurity Research

The Company:
FireEye has invented a purpose-built, virtual machine-based security platform that provides real-time threat protection to enterprises and governments worldwide against the next generation of cyber attacks. These highly sophisticated cyber attacks easily circumvent traditional signature-based defenses, such as next-generation firewalls, IPS, anti-virus, and gateways. The FireEye Threat Prevention Platform provides real-time, dynamic threat protection without the use of signatures to protect an organization across the primary threat vectors and across the different stages of an attack life cycle. The core of the FireEye platform is a virtual execution engine, complemented by dynamic threat intelligence, to identify and block cyber attacks in real time. FireEye has over 3,100 customers across 67 countries, including over 200 of the Fortune 500.
The Role:
FireEye Threat Intelligence is seeking an individual with a record of innovative thought about the business consequences of cybersecurity incidents. The successful candidate is a published subject matter expert who examines the effects of network breaches, legal ramifications for companies dealing with intrusions, and explores the intersection of cybersecurity, risk management, and business impact. The candidate excels at conveying his thoughts and findings in a variety of formats: from op-eds to research reports to keynote speech writing. 
  • Develop expository pieces that highlight the broader implications of cyber activity Conduct research on topics that will amplify industry’s understanding of the consequences of cyber threats
  • Utilize quantitative and qualitative methodologies to rigorously conduct research and test hypotheses
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant thought leaders in academia, business, law and policy
  • Brief audiences including senior executives, media professionals, industry analysts
  • Published expert on security, technology, law, business risk, or a closely related field
  • Demonstrated expertise in issues related to cybersecurity
  • Demonstrated independent research capacity
  • Ability to generate research questions and further industry thought
  • Ability to set and manage expectations with key stake-holders and team members
  • Ability to communicate and establish rapport with a global team
  • Ability to prioritize and execute with minimal direction or oversight
Additional Qualifications:
  • Master's, JD or other advanced degree preferred
  • Willing to travel occasionally

Apply here


Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Data, Law, Ethics and Policy (DLEAP) 

Position Description
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law seeks a mid-level to senior tenured professor to serve as Professor of Law and founding director of the Program on Data, Law, Ethics and Policy (“DLEAP”) at the College, part of the Ohio State University’s Translational Data Analytics Discovery Theme initiative.  The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in scholarship and a commitment to outstanding teaching.   The position, a 51% FTE appointment, will begin in the 2016-17 academic year.
As a faculty member the successful candidate will be expected to teach core and specialized courses in the law curriculum.  The research and teaching interests of the successful candidate will likely focus on privacy law and regulation, information- and cyber-security, big data and data mining, and/or related health law and intellectual property issues.   As the director of DLEAP, he or she will be responsible for building the research program, with a small staff and an assortment of affiliated faculty. A successful candidate must be capable of leading DLEAP in employing legal, regulatory, and policy expertise to focus on the social and ethical impact of big data and in serving as a complement and resource for other Translational Data Analytics initiatives at Ohio State and to the broader data analytics community.  
A J.D. is required.  Candidates should be at the rank of associate professor or full professor.  While the position is a 51% FTE appointment, it is eligible for tenure.  Experience should be sufficient for tenured professorship and program directorship, and include (i) a track record of scholarship; (ii) leadership abilities to build a program; and (iii) a strong commitment toward fostering interprofessional relationships with other professionals both inside the University and in the community.  Salary is commensurate with experience.


Herbert Scoville, Jr. Fellowship

Job Description
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides full-time six to nine month fellowships for recent college and graduate school alumni to work on international peace and security issues with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organizations in Washington, DC. Scoville Fellows have the opportunity to work with senior-level staff and to conduct research, write articles and reports, organize talks and conferences sponsored by their host organization, and do public education and advocacy on a range of issues including arms control and nonproliferation, conflict prevention and resolution, conventional arms trade, environmental and energy security, defense budget, and peacekeeping. They may also attend coalition meetings, Congressional hearings, and policy briefings, as well as meetings with policy experts arranged by the program.
Candidates must have an excellent academic record and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues. Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences. The program is open to all U.S. citizens and to non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. eligible for employment. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply. Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.
Salary and Benefits
Scoville Fellows are paid at an annual rate of $34,800 ($2,900 per month), and receive health insurance, mentoring, a small stipend to attend conferences or courses, and travel costs to DC to begin the fellowship. 
Application Deadline 
Spring 2016 Fellowship–October 1, 2015
Fall 2016 Fellowship–January 4, 2016
Submitting Applications
For complete information see


Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year

About the Office: 

The National Security Division's (NSD) Office of Law and Policy, United States Department of Justice, seeks interns for positions located in Washington, D.C. The mission of NSD is to coordinate the Department's efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over Federal Bureau of Investigation national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection. The Office of Law and Policy is responsible for, among other things, resolving novel and complex legal issues relating to national security that arise from the work of the Division and other parts of the Department; providing advice and guidance to Department leadership, the Intelligence Community, and other Executive Branch agencies on matters of national security law and policy; overseeing the development of legislation, guidelines, and other policies in the area of national security; working with foreign governments on a variety of national security issues; and handling appeals that arise in national security cases. The Office works with a variety of other Department components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Legal Policy, as well as other departments and agencies, such as the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State.

Job Description: 

Intern projects include: researching legal questions, drafting memoranda or other legal and policy analysis, factual research, and assisting with presentations and supporting materials.


Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school at the time of application and throughout their internship. Strong research and writing skills are required. Prior interest or experience in the area of national security would be useful, but is not required. By the time of the internship, all applicants must have taken one or more of the following courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, or Constitutional Law. Additional courses addressing criminal law and litigation or national security or intelligence law, would also be helpful.


Internships are unpaid. If your school offers interns academic or work study, we will work with you to meet school requirements whenever possible.

Application Process: 

Cover letter, resume with two references, transcript (official or unofficial), and a writing sample (not to exceed ten pages). Please submit these materials AS ONE PDF via email to [email protected]

The subject line should read: “[Last name] Intern Application”. Paper or faxed applications will not be considered.

National Security Division
Washington, DC 20530
ATTN: Intern Program Coordinator (Office of Law and Policy)

Application Deadline:

Spring 2016 - September 1, 2015
Fall 2016 - April 15, 2016

Please send all applications to the email address [email protected]

Number of Positions: 2