Google, in partnership with several policy organizations, has announced the 2012 Google Policy Fellowship program to work on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy and open government, among other issues.
The summer program is designed to provide undergraduate, graduate and law students “interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests,” according to the program’s Web site.
Google fellows receive a stipend of $7,500 for 10 weeks.
More than a dozen organizations participate in the program, including think tanks such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the New American Foundation through its Open Technology Initiative.
The Open Technology Initiative first gained broader public notoriety with its Internet in a suitcase technology for the State Department.
Google, for its part, is deepening its commitment to changing the way policy is done through its fascination with think tanks, including the founding of its own—Google Ideas.
Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas, likes to repeat the Google mantra: “Technology is part of every challenge in the world and a part of every solution.”