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Direct Brands, Inc. (New York, NY)
Interview dates: February 14 & 15

Summer Internship in General Corporate/Media/ Entertainment/Intellectual Property Law

How to Apply

Bid (submit your cover letter and resume) through Symplicity Session: 2013 Spring OCI – February 18-22. The deadline to bid is Thursday, January 31 (11:58 p.m.)

Please note that the interviews for Direct Brands will take place at the Law School on February 14 and 15.


Direct Brands (formerly Bertelsmann Direct North America) will be hiring 1 or 2 first or second-year law students for its Legal & Business Affairs Department this summer in NYC. Direct Brands is a direct-to-the-consumer company that sells DVDs, Blu-ray and books through its twenty-plus consumer brands. Iconic company brands include Columbia House, Literary Guild, and Doubleday Book Club.

The internships will provide exposure to a range of entertainment law and business activities, including general corporate, contracts, intellectual property, litigation, ethics and compliance practice, employment law, regulatory matters and government affairs, and new business development. Direct Brands sources product from all major movie studios and book publishers under license agreements and works closely with these companies on a daily basis. Interns will have the opportunity to meet informally with outside counsel in diverse areas of practice from a number of major national law firms that provide legal services to Direct Brands – typically 25-30 “best in field” attorneys from different firms – and also to meet executives from major movie studios and book publishers.

Internships are non-paid; duration 8 weeks (approximately mid-June through July). The exact dates remain to be set. Interns will need to find their own housing in New York City. This is a great opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of legal issues and to make contact with a number of top national business/entertainment/media lawyers.

The Executive Vice President of Legal & Business Affairs, Clif Knight, is a Carolina Law alum. He is also Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for the company.

Documents Required

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Practice Areas

General Corporate/Media/ Entertainment/Intellectual Property Law

Desired Class Level

1L, 2L

UNC Office of Technology Development Internship Program

June 30, 2012

Technology Transfer Overview

The Office of Technology Development (OTD) supports the achievement of UNC's mission by facilitating the process by which new discoveries lead to useful products benefiting society, attracting industry research collaboration, and stimulating local and regional economic development. OTD accomplishes these objectives by leveraging UNC intellectual property to find private sector partners to license, or form startup companies to develop, UNC technology.

OTD typically handles approximtely 125 novel technologies yearly, generating over 50 patent filings, 30 license agreements and 3-5 startup companies. The importance UNC places on intellectual property management is reflected in a recent study by an independent analyst group measuring the impact of patents issued to major universities, which found that UNC's portfolio was amongst the top fifteen nationwide - and number one in strength of its life science patents.

OTD Internship Overview

The OTD internship program is an eight month position for graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows who wish to learn more about intellectual property and technology commercialization. The internship runs during the academic year, from August to May, and requires a commitment of approximately 8-12 hours per week. Interns will participate in a formal training series covering the basics of technology transfer, conduct market assessments and direct marketing efforts for select technologies, and gain exposure to ongoing negotiations between OTD and industry partners.

For more information visit

Berkman Summer Internship Program 2012

February 12, 2012

Each summer the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University swings open the doors of our big yellow house to welcome a group of talented and curious students as full-time interns - Berkterns! - who are passionate about the promise of the Internet. Finding connected and complementary research inquiries among their diverse backgrounds, students represent all levels of study, are being trained in disciplines across the board, and come from universities all over the world to tackle issues related to the core of Berkman's research agenda, including law, technology, innovation, and knowledge; the relationship between Internet and civic activity; and technology, law, and development.

Summer interns jump head first into the swirl of the Berkman universe, where they are deeply and substantively involved in the operation of our research projects and efforts. Becoming invaluable contributors to the Center's operation and success, interns conduct collaborative and independent research under the guidance of Berkman staff, fellows, and faculty. Specific roles, tasks, and experiences vary depending on Center needs and interns' skills; a select list of expected opportunities for Summer 2012 is below. Traditionally, the workload of each intern is primarily based under one project or suite of projects, with encouragement and flexibility to get involved in additional projects all across the Center.

In addition to joining research teams, summer interns participate in special lectures with Berkman Center faculty and fellows, engage each other through community experiences like weekly interns discussion hours, and attend Center-wide events and gatherings with members of the wider Berkman community. As well, each year interns establish new channels for fun and learning, such as organizing topical debates, establishing reading groups and book clubs, producing podcasts and videos, and hosting potlucks, cook-offs, and BBQs (fortunately for us, people share).

The word "awesome" has been thrown around to describe our internships, but don't take our word for it. Zack McCune, a summer intern from 2008, had this to say: "It has been an enchanting summer working at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Everyday, I get to hang out with some of the most brilliant people on the planet. we talk, we write (emails), we blog, we laugh, we play rock band. and when things need to get done, we stay late hyped on free coffee and leftover food. It is a distinct honor to be considered a peer among such excellent people. And I am not just talking about the fellows, staff, and faculty, though they are all outstanding. No, I mean my peers as in my fellow interns, who are almost definitely the ripening next generation of changemakers."

For further information contact Rebecca Tabasky at

World Intellectual Property Organization Internship

The WIPO Internship Program is open to students and young professionals from any region in the world that have a background in intellectual property or other related fields of interest to WIPO, such as science and technology, finance, human resources, economics, communications, IT, translation, international relations etc.

An internship provides an excellent opportunity to young graduates and future IP professionals to learn about the Organization, and to complement their educational experience through practical work. WIPO itself also benefits from the assistance of young interns specialized in various professional fields.

National Association of Record Industry Professionals - Music Industry Intern

A great opportunity for people looking to break into the business side of the music industry.

Seeking computer savvy persons to assist with the following: copyright, contracts and legal documents, digital distribution, contacts with people in the music industry, press contacts & press releases, scheduling performances, royalties, film & television placement, music publishing, promotion, merchandise sales, distribution, MySpace & web promotion, recording, contact with music organizations, music conferences, and radio.

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

April 2012

The Summer Internship Program provides more than 40 industry-wide internships to college and graduate students from across the country, and has been hailed for more than a decade as one of the top ten internships in the country.

The program is designed to provide college students with in-depth exposure to professional television production during an eight-week summer period in Los Angeles.

Position vary depending upon qualifications. See list of past interns/positions - (note students on the list from law schools)

To apply visit:

Public Knowledge

Public Knowledge is a group of lawyers, technologists, lobbyists, academics, volunteers and activists dedicated to fortifying and defending a vibrant information commons.

PK offers unpaid internships during the school year and summer to students studying either law or public policy. We encourage interns to spend 8-10 weeks with us, either full-time or part time (10-20 hours per week).

An internship with Public Knowledge is an opportunity to work on the latest intellectual property issues and technology policy developments. Please take the time to review our website to see some of our projects.

If you are interested in an internship for a later period and/or have questions about Public Knowledge, please contact Sherwin Siy at If applying for an internship, please attach a cover letter, resume and a brief writing sample.

Script Clearance

Consider contacting script clearance companies regarding their internship programs.

Google Policy Fellowship

February 3, 2012

The Google Policy Fellowship program was inspired by Google's Summer of Code with a public policy twist. The Google Policy Fellowship program 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, and exploring future academic and professional interests.

Fellows will 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. Participating organizations are based in either Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, Ottawa or Toronto, Canada and include: American Library Association, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, Center for Democracy and Technology, Citizen Lab, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Creative Commons, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Future of Music Coalition, Internet Education Foundation, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Media Access Project, National Hispanic Media Coalition, New America Foundation, Progress and Freedom Foundation, Public Knowledge, TechFreedom, and Technology Policy Institute. More information about the host organizations and the areas of focus for the fellows are outlined online.

Fellows will be assigned a lead mentor at their host organizations, but will have the opportunity to work with several senior staff members over the course of the summer. Fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of their organization, including conducting policy research and analysis; drafting reports and analyses; attending government and industry meetings and conferences; and participating in other advocacy activities.

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