Wikimedia Foundation, USA is inviting applications for a Remote Legal Fellowship from current law students or recent law graduates.

About Wikimedia Foundation, USA

Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a 501 nonprofit organization headquartered in San Francisco, California, registered as a charitable foundation under US law. It owns the Wikimedia projects – which are written and curated by thousands of Wikipedians and other unpaid volunteers – and the MediaWiki wiki software. 

About Remote Legal Fellowship Opportunity

If you’re a current law student or recent law school graduate passionate about free knowledge and open source issues, applying to our legal fellowship program can provide an immersive in-house experience with specific education and training in the areas of Internet law and free knowledge organizations. 

Role and Responsibilities

  • The Foundation faces various legal issues ranging from complex copyright questions to international freedom of speech issues to mobile development to internal corporate compliance.
  • Because of the wide array of legal issues, the fellows will be assigned challenging projects based on their particular interests and strengths.
  • These projects range from researching various legal questions to drafting licensing agreements to develop internal and external policies. 
  • Each fellow will receive individualized projects that they will be expected to spearhead under the supervision and guidance of an attorney from the Legal Department.
  • Fellows will work closely with their supervising attorney – attending and participating in internal and external meetings, collaborating on projects, receiving feedback and support, and generally learning about the practical dimensions of practising law in-house at a web-based company.
  • When the opportunity exists, the Legal Department will work with a fellow’s university to facilitate earning academic credits and/or receiving funding for the fellow’s time at the Wikimedia Foundation.


  • High energy for and commitment to the Wikimedia Foundation’s free knowledge mission, including an interest in free culture issues, open source software, Creative Commons licensing, etc.
  • A very good sense of humor and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, multitasking environment that demands fast turn-around.
  • Intellectual curiosity and flexibility make them enjoy tackling difficult and ambiguous problems in creative ways.  Students with strong research backgrounds are preferred.
  • Experience working with large online user communities (or at least the desire to). Students with experience with wikis or Wikimedia projects are preferred.
  • The ability to flourish in a highly transparent and collaborative environment and work on a team with diverse demographic and cultural characteristics. Multilingual students (especially German, French, and/or Italian) are a plus!
  • Excellent writing skills that can be adapted to communicate complex legal concepts to a large audience with varying (or no) backgrounds in law.  Students with experience and/or coursework in drafting agreements and/or policies are preferred.
  • Completed coursework in some or all of the following areas of law: internet law, freedom of speech (domestic and international), intellectual property, contract drafting, international law, privacy, data security, and/or licensing.  While coursework in these areas is not required, students who have experience in these areas are heavily preferred.
  • Being a Wikimedian! (Please share your username in your cover letter.)

How to Apply?

Please find the link at the end of this post.



Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV

Click here to apply for a Remote Legal Fellowship in the US