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The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, law students and early-stage professionals interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend time contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests. 

Successful applicants to the program will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on internet policy issues. They will be assigned a mentor at their host organizations and will have the opportunity to work with senior staff members. Fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of their organization, including conducting policy research and analysis, drafting reports and white papers, attending government and industry meetings and conferences, and participating in other advocacy activities.

The work of the fellows is decided between the individuals and the organizations. Google provides a small stipend during the period of the fellowship, but is not involved in defining or conducting the research.

Typically, the fellows are young graduates who are in the early stage of their career. The organisations in the program are looking for individuals who are passionate about technology, and want to gain experience of working on public policy, irrespective of their course of study.

The program will run for six to twelve months, with exact duration varying by organization.


The criteria for applicants will be determined by host organisations, not by Google. However it is likely that the host orgnisation will expect applicaticants to be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Demonstrate commitment to Internet and technology policy
  • Possess excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise
  • Exhibit first-rate analytical, communications, research, and writing skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment


  • You will receive a mentor and the opportunity to work with senior staff members in your host organisation over the course of the programme.
  • You will receive a stipend during your fellowship

About Google

Google is an American multinational technology company which prides itself around the mission of organising the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. The company specialises in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. Google was founded in 1998 and became a public company in 2004. In August 2015, Google announced plans to reorganise its various interests as a conglomerate called Alphabet Inc. Google is Alphabet's leading subsidiary and will continue to be the umbrella company for Alphabet's Internet interests. 

Over the last two decades Google has grown and expanded into several areas including renewable energy through Google Energy, mobile technology through Android and artificial intelligence through DeepMind Technologies. Google has over 85,000 employees around the world and offices in most geographic regions.