The Copyright Office sponsors legal internships for talented law students with an interest in copyright law and policy through the Copyright Office Law Clerk Program (Law Clerk Program). Law clerks gain valuable experience and insight working with Office attorneys on copyright-related issues that arise within the Office, before Congress, and in the courts. Law clerks are instrumental in helping to prepare Copyright Office reports for Congress and are frequently called upon to assist with the Office's International work. Although Law Clerks are not paid, they often arrange to receive academic credit through their law school for their work at the Copyright Office. Additionally, in some cases, Law Clerks are able to obtain stipend support through public interest grant programs and the like.
The Office of Public Records and Repositories (PRR) seeks a college student volunteer to help make the Office’s historical records easily available to future generations. PRR is responsible for preserving, maintaining, and servicing copyright-related records in physical and digital formats.
Students selected for this internship will assist with the digitization of paper-based public records including the Copyright Card Catalog. Their role in this project will consist of assisting with the digitization activities; researching data capture tools, search options, and indexing tools; metrics development; digital archiving; and process drafting for maintenance of historic records.
The Copyright Technology Office (CTO) provides support for the main electronic Copyright Office (eCO) system and other peripheral applications that support daily operations.
This internship provides invaluable knowledge and work experience through a variety of tasks that support automated planning and execution of Copyright Office technology systems. Interns will have an opportunity to work on special projects or supplement CTO staff assignments with technical support while gaining knowledge of established technical procedures and processes, System Development Life Cycle (SDLC), business analysis (i.e., system implementations, IT strategy, and business support services, etc.), and other technical writing assignments (i.e., documenting plans, researching for feasibility studies, incident/problem reports, etc.).
The Office of Public Information and Education (PIE) of the Copyright Office seeks a graduate student in library sciences for an internship targeting the Office’s management of publicly available records. Currently, historic versions of forms, circulars, reports, and other resources made available to the public are held by PIE in many different forms and locations, in both physical and digital media. PIE seeks to develop an internal archival system and inventory for publicly available resources in order to to promote efficiency, good governance, and responsiveness to the needs of the Office and the public.
The goal of the internship is to provide exposure to assessment and planning activities with respect to a collection of archival government documents. Duties include: documenting the locations and scope of materials; analyzing the needs of the Office and public access; collaborating with PIE staff in determining course of action; developing recommendations for orderly preservation, access, and archiving; and executing recommendations adopted by the Office. The intern will produce a report on findings and recommendations.