Public Policy Associate (Government Affairs Fellowship)


Washington, DC, US

Partner with Us, Shape the Future.  As a Public Policy Associate in Microsoft’s U.S. Government Affairs Group, in its Corporate, External and Legal Affairs department, you’ll have a unique opportunity to work alongside a diverse team of professionals who are focused on a simply stated mission:  to earn, day after day, the public’s trust and build or company’s enduring value. This 12-month fellowship starting August 2020 will expose you to subject matter experts, attorneys and lobbyists that apply their expertise in a variety of policy and governmental affairs areas, including but not limited to privacy, cyber-security, telecommunications, international trade, artificial intelligence, antitrust, intellectual property, Internet Safety, immigration reform, education and environmental policy efforts, state law initiatives, and corporate governance before Federal and State administrations, legislatures and agencies. If you’re interested in being a part of a bright, dynamic, and creative department that’s committed to partnering closely with Microsoft’s business groups to achieve the company’s goals, a Public Policy Associate position in our U.S. Government Affairs Group is an ideal opportunity for you.


As a Public Policy Associate at Microsoft, during this one-year fellowship, you’ll work within our U.S. Government Affairs Group in Washington, DC. You’ll have a broad range of responsibilities which may include:

  • Conducting research across a wide-range of public policy topics including privacy, cybersecurity, international trade and other issues impacting business strategy.
  • Working closely with the U.S. government affairs team and attorneys to support government affairs strategic engagement plans and public policy agenda.
  • Assisting in drafting memos, legislative summaries, briefings and other materials for internal stakeholders or external agencies and partners.
  • Attending association and think tank meetings and hearings.
  • Collaborating with teams on cross-group projects..


  • Applicant must be a current 3rd year student from an ABA accredited law school.
  • Excellent analytical ability and policy drafting skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to communicate effectively across a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders.
  • A demonstrated ability to work efficiently, meet deadlines, and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to research and learn new concepts and legal and policy issues quickly to facilitate problem solving.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.  We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.


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