Intellectual property (public domain) internship

Appropedia is seeking an intern to work on Intellectual Property. The focus will be on public domain content, and mainly US federal government online resources.

This would be particularly suitable for a law student with an interest in US and/or international IP law. Ability to use a spreadsheet might come in handy, and being more tech-savvy than that would be a bonus.

The main task is to help identify which web resources are and aren't public domain. This information is used as the basis for the Public Domain Search - see the Beta version here (still a significant number of false positives):

This is an unpaid internship (the Appropedia Foundation being a non-profit organization) and you would be working remotely - unless you happen to be near a trusted member of the Appropedia community who can assist in mentoring you. (I'm near Jakarta, and others are in various parts of the US, Canada and the UK.) I've done the work on this so far, but we also have an attorney (Joel Scott) on our board of directors, with an interest in IP issues; and we've discussed this project with the Wikisource community, who may be able to lend a hand. You won't be on your own.

If you are interested, please leave a comment either below or on my Appropedia talk page, and I'll get in touch. (Or email me at my username, above, at appropedia dot org.) For more information about the search engine, see Public Domain Search on our wiki. The position will be open until it is filled, but we'd ideally like to find someone to start in this half of 2011.

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  1. peter said,

    October 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    My name is peter t. maloney and I'm a student at the Fashion Institute in New York City. I'm seeking work/experience/portfolio opportunities in the fields of digital marketing, public relations and graphic design. I stumbled across your site on a tangent of blog links and reposts, and I am stunned. I'm a diehard sustainable lifestyle advocate and practitioner... as in I'm terribly interested in designing the method of outreach to the public. I have much respect for your site and mission, and would like to extend my services to you indefinitely! If you need any layout, text, graphic or vector/logo designs, please contact me! Hope all is well,

    Peter T. Maloney

  2. Chriswaterguy said,

    October 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Fantastic, Peter - I'll be in touch by email.

  3. GARG said,

    November 4, 2011 at 1:31 am




  4. Chriswaterguy said,

    December 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Garg: replied via email. (Sorry for the late reply - the notification seems to have lost its way...)

  5. Jude said,

    January 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm


    Are you still looking for an intern in intellectual property law or have you already found someone ? I am a french student and I am looking for an 3 to 6 months internship between now and July 2012. I have a master degree in intellectual property law and a master degree in contract law. If you still need someone, feel free to contact me.


  6. Chriswaterguy said,

    January 10, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Jude, thank you - I'm emailing you now.

  7. Alex Smith said,

    March 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I was forwarded this link by a colleague from EWB-UK. I realise this might be a bit outdated now however was wondering if there was still any intellectual property opportunities within the organisation?
    I'm a third year mechanical engineering student, currently studying at the university or Exeter, with a keen interest in patent law.
    I look forward to your response.
    Kind regards.

  8. Chriswaterguy said,

    March 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Alex, "mechanical engineering student... with a keen interest in patent law." Good combination!

    This is still relevant. Emailing you now.

  9. Public Domain Information on Science, Engineering and the Environment » Appropedia Blog said,

    January 12, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    […] sites (more than 400 so far, most of them identified manually). It needs more work, possibly by an IP intern, identifying and excluding non-PD sites, and the onus is on the user to check the status of the […]