TJSL student Randy Abreu (2L) was recently awarded the 2013 Google Policy Fellowship. As part of the Fellowship, Abreu was offered a paid summer internship in Washington D.C., at the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), a non-profit, civil-rights and media advocacy organization.
The Google Policy Fellowship offers undergraduate, graduate and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues. Fellows have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more. In 2013, 29 Fellowships were awarded from a pool of student applicants from around the globe.
“TJSL has never had a Google Policy Fellow, and it is an honor to represent our school at such an important stage of the legal realm,” said Abreu. “Our institution does such great work on a daily basis, and it will be a privilege to use the tools I have gained at Thomas Jefferson in contributing to NHMC’s agendas.”
The NHMC has two fronts: In states such as California, New York, Arizona and Michigan, the NHMC has a strong presence in educating and influencing media corporations on the importance of including U.S. Latinos at all levels of employment, and it challenges media that carelessly exploit negative Latino stereotypes. In Washington D.C., NHMC staff is often called to testify before Congress and the federal agencies on various media and telecommunications policies that impact the American Latino community.
As a Google Policy Fellow, Abreu will work closely with NHMC’s D.C. based Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs, and its Policy Counsel. Abreu will work on complex legal and policy issues, and may be called to draft FCC pleadings, internal memoranda, press releases, blog posts, editorials and other documents as needed. Furthermore, as a Fellow, he will be invited to attend meetings with decision makers at the FCC and in Congress, as well as meetings with media reform and civil rights activists.
Abreu recently presented his ground-breaking scholarship about racist Internet pornography during a Diversity Week event at TJSL. His presentation was based on his research paper for his class on Critical Race Theory.
Congratulations to Randy Abreu from the entire TJSL Family!