Below is a carefully curated list of opportunities for students interested in having a career in Tech, Law & Security. Feel free to contact us at techlawsec@wcl.american.edu.

TLS Research Assistant openings

Summer Research Assistant – Addressing Harmful Content Online

Applications NOW CLOSED

The Tech, Law & Security Program seeks a summer full-time research assistant for the Addressing Harmful Content Online (AHCO) project. This project seeks to address questions relating to the hard choices necessary: At what point and according to what standards should companies deny services to individuals, entities, or sites? What are the follow-on consequences of doing so? What kind of process should be put in place for both making these decisions and for educating and informing users? And what are the full range of tools and levers that can be used to respond to harmful content online? These are the key questions that this project will analyze and answer.

As a research assistant, the successful candidate will support AHCO’s ongoing research and writing projects. The focus areas for this particular project will be on transparency reports within the IT infrastructure stack. The research assistant will be working directly with Paul Rosenzweig and Prem Trivedi, Senior Fellows. AHCO is a collaborative work environment and greatly values the input of everyone on the team.


  • Conduct legal research on WestLaw or LexisNexis relevant to AHCO’s topic areas
  • Utilize research findings to prepare blog posts and articles
  • Compile ongoing research notes and share them with the AHCO team


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Rising 2L or 3L
  • Strong written communication and research skills
  • Willingness to engage and collaborate on research projects and opportunities
  • Excited about technology, privacy, and national security issues
  • Team-oriented, but able to work on projects independently
  • Ability to meet assigned deadlines  
  • Responsive to internal and external emails


The compensation is $16.10 per hour.

To Apply:

Please send a writing sample, a short cover letter (no more than one to two paragraphs), and a resume to techlawsec@wcl.american.edu

Summer Research Assistant – Tech, Law & Security (Cyber, AI & Emerging Tech) 

Applications NOW CLOSED

The Tech, Law & Security Program seeks a summer  research assistant to assist the TLS team with assorted research and administrative tasks. RA's are fully integrated in to the TLS team and will have extensive interaction with TLS faculty and senior fellows. 


Compensation is $16.10 per hour.

To Apply:

Please send a writing sample, a short cover letter (no more than one to two paragraphs), and a resume to techlawsec@wcl.american.edu.

External Opportunities (as of March 2022)

Research Assistant, Technology and National Security Program | Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Summer 2022 Internships - OTI Legal/Public Policy Interns | New America

Associate Counsel, Technology Policy & Advocacy | Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Summer Interns | Lawfare Blog

Associate Editor | Lawfare Blog

Managing Editor | Lawfare Blog

Summer Legal Honors Internship | NASA

ABA: internship Opportunities

The Standing Committee on Law and National Security conducts studies, sponsors programs and conferences, and administers working groups on law and national security related issues. The committee's activities are designed to assist policymakers, to educate lawyers, the media and the public, and to enable the committee to make recommendations to the American Bar Association governing body.

The standing committee provides research and advice on such subjects as: the congressional role in intelligence oversight, the legal system's ability to cope with transnational terrorism, the promotion of the rule of law in the intelligence and law enforcement communities, operations international law in the conduct of the military, and the role of law in preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Interns provide research in support of Committee initiatives. Strong writing skills required. 

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