Elise Berkower Memorial Fellow

  • Full Time
  • Washington, DC
  • Applications have closed

Future of Privacy Forum

FPF works to advance responsible data practices. Staffed with experts in law, technology, and public policy, FPF operates on the belief that technological innovation and new uses of data can help solve big societal problems and improve lives. Technological innovation must be accompanied by fresh privacy thinking, so that it is possible to build a world where technological innovation and privacy can coexist. We work to reach consensus on ethical norms, policies, and business practices to address new privacy challenges. This Fellowship is designed to equip recent law school graduates with the skills to succeed in the privacy law profession, and to provide private and public employers with privacy professionals of exceptional knowledge, understanding, and commitment to privacy and individuals.

Applications Due October 15, 2023, for Sept. 2024-Aug. 2025 fellowship term.

General Overview:

The Elise Berkower Fellowship was established in memory of Elise Berkower with support from the Nielsen Foundation. Elise was a senior privacy executive at global measurement and data analytics company Nielsen for nearly a decade and was a valued, longtime member of the FPF Advisory Board. The fellowship is a one-year, public-interest position for recent law school graduates committed to the advancement of responsible data practices. Candidates are selected based on both academic qualifications and a commitment to the personal qualities exemplified by Elise – collaboration with co-workers, peers, and the broader privacy community and a commitment to ethical conduct.

The Elise Berkower Fellow focuses on consumer and commercial privacy issues, from technology-specific areas such as advertising practices, drones, wearables, connected cars, and student privacy, to general data management and privacy issues related to ethics, de-identification, algorithms, and the Internet of Things.

The position is located in FPF’s offices in Washington, DC. The position is hosted by the FPF Education and Innovation Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.


Responsibilities include a variety of activities, including:

  • filing comments on proposed regulatory actions;
  • developing industry best practices or standards; and
  • tracking consumer privacy legislation.

Position Requirements:

  • Demonstrated interest in public policy work, generally and specifically in the areas of data privacy, technology, and Internet policy;
  • Strong academic record, participation in professional/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise in the relevant skills;
  • Commitment to ethical practices;
  • Demonstration of interpersonal qualities that show support for colleagues, peers, and a broader community;
  • Superb legal writing and research skills;
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative team environment; and
  • Commitment and ability to fulfill the one-year term required by the program.

Salary: $70,000 annually

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